The adventure starts as riders head towards the Mollières valley, its remoteness among the pine trees a welcome pleasure. The paths are ideal for upping the pace for a canter or gallop. Arriving at the Col de Mercière there is a descent towards Isola 2000 ski resort, and riders will marvel at the skill of their horses as they pick their way across stony paths. The famous Col de Lombarde is the Franco/Italian frontier and gives an excellent view of well grazed Alpine pastures. A gentle path leads to the Santa Anna di Vinadio monastery, an important place of pilgrimage in the Southern Alps, and a magic place to spend the night. The following day; life in Italian mountains. A meadow path gently ascends to the so-called “death pass”- the other side of which there is a huge 1000m descent, over uneven ground. The small valley of Malinvern is magical, with a feel of being in a romantic painting, such as created by 19th century German painters. The modern refuge at the foot of Mont Malinvern (3000m) provides a great night’s stay. The following day is all about lakes, tackling both sides of the Col de Valescure, after which the path descends via the hunting lodge, then the thermal baths of Valdieri. This thermal complex goes back to first half of the 16th century. In 1588, the municipality of Valdieri created the first baths, which were frequently used in 1755 by the king Charles Emmanuel III. The sulphur rich water is a soothing 34 degrees and the generous dinner at the hotel helps riders to recover after days in the saddle. On the last day, the horses cross back via the “Fremamorte” in the shadow of Mount Argentera at 3400m. The view of a bare landscape and turquoise lakes is amazing, before heading back via the Salèse.