Monte Tanarello

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Monte Tanarello
Mont Tanarel
Monte tanarello da cima ventosa.png
The mountain from Cima Ventosa
Highest point
Elevation2,094 m (6,870 ft) [1]
Prominence52 [1][2]
Coordinates44°04′22.69″N 7°42′47.41″E / 44.0729694°N 7.7131694°E / 44.0729694; 7.7131694Coordinates: 44°04′22.69″N 7°42′47.41″E / 44.0729694°N 7.7131694°E / 44.0729694; 7.7131694
English translationmountain of the little Tanaro
Language of nameItalian
Monte Tanarello is located in Alps
Monte Tanarello
Monte Tanarello
Location in the Alps
LocationPiemonte, Italy -
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Parent rangeLigurian Alps
First ascentancestral
Easiest routehike

Monte Tanarello (Italian) or Mont Tanarel (French) is a 2094 metres high mountain located on the French-Italian border.


Tanarello is the diminutive form of Tanaro, the main right-hand tributary of river Po. The river rises between Monte Saccarello and Monte Tanarello as a stream named Tanarello and becomes Tanaro after receiving the waters of another stream called Negrone.[3]


The mountain up to World War II was totally belonging to Italy but, following the Paris Peace Treaties, signed on February 1947, is now shared between Italy and France.[4]


View from Basera Pass.

The mountain stands on the main chain of the Alps between Passo Tanarello (2042 m) and Passo Basera (2036 m). Its Italian side belongs to the province of Cuneo, in Piedmont (Tanaro valley), and the French one to Alpes-Maritimes, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (Roya valley).[5]

SOIUSA classification[edit]

According to the SOIUSA (International Standardized Mountain Subdivision of the Alps) the mountain can be classified in the following way:[6]

  • main part = Western Alps
  • major sector = South Western Alps
  • section = Ligurian Alps
  • subsection = Alpi del Marguareis
  • supergroup = Catena del Saccarello
  • group = Gruppo del Monte Saccarello
  • subgroup = Nodo del Monte Saccarello
  • code = I/A-1.II-A.1.a


The eastern side of the mountain is gentle and grassy while the western one is a little more rocky and steep.

Access to the summit[edit]

The mountain is easily accessible by unmarked traks departing from Passo Tanarello or Passo Basera.[7] The summit can also be accessed by mountain bike[8] or with snowshoes.[9]

Mountain huts[edit]


  1. ^ a b Alpi Marittime e Liguri, carta 1:50.000 n.8, Istituto Geografico Centrale (Torino)
  2. ^ Key Col: Passo Tanarello, 2042 m
  3. ^ Alfredo Caligiani. Pesca: Apprendere e praticare l'arte della pesca nelle acque dolci e in mare: ambienti, tecniche, pesci. De Agostini. Retrieved 2015-02-07.
  4. ^ Trattato di pace tra Italia ed Alleati, treaty text on (access-date: 2016-02-06)
  5. ^ 1:25.000 map of Istituto Geografico Militare (IGM), on-line on
  6. ^ Marazzi, Sergio (2005). Atlante Orografico delle Alpi. SOIUSA (in Italian). Priuli & Verlucca. ISBN 978-88-8068-273-8.
  7. ^ "M.Saccarello - anello des fontaines". Retrieved 2016-02-07.
  8. ^ Saccarello (Monte) da la Brigue per Col Linaire, Baisse de Sanson, Passo Tanarello, itinerary on (access: February 2016)
  9. ^ Monte Tanarello m.2094 da Monesi, itinerary on (access: February 2016)

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