Monte Orsiera

Monte Orsiera is a mountain in the Cottian Alps belonging to the Province of Turin (Italy).

Monte Orsiera
Orsiera dal pelvo.jpg
The mountain seen from Monte Pelvo (2,773 m)
Highest point
Elevation2,890 m (9,480 ft) [1]
Prominence855 m (2,805 ft) [1][2]
ListingAlpine mountains 2500-2999 m
Coordinates45°03′53″N 07°06′24″E / 45.06472°N 7.10667°E / 45.06472; 7.10667Coordinates: 45°03′53″N 07°06′24″E / 45.06472°N 7.10667°E / 45.06472; 7.10667
Monte Orsiera is located in Alps
Monte Orsiera
Monte Orsiera
Location in the Alps
LocationPiedmont, Italy
Parent rangeCottian Alps
Easiest routeSouth-East slopes from Rifugio Selleries


The English translation of Monte Orsiera can be Mountain of the bears, an animal which in Piedmont became extinct between the end of 18th century and the beginning of 19th century.[3]


Mount Orsiera is the highest mountain of the long ridge which, starting from Sestriere, divides the Susa Valley from the Chisone valley.

SOIUSA classificationEdit

According to SOIUSA (International Standardized Mountain Subdivision of the Alps) the mountain can be classified in the following way:[4]

  • main part = Western Alps
  • major sector = North Western Alps
  • section = Cottian Alps
  • subsection = Alpi del Monginevro
  • supergroup = Catena Bucie-Grand Queyron-Orsiera
  • group = Gruppo dell'Orsiera
  • subgroup = Costiera Orsiera-Rocciavrè
  • code = I/A-4.II-A.3.b

Nature conservationEdit

The mountain and its surrounding area are included in a regional nature park called Parco naturale Orsiera - Rocciavrè, which also is the SIC (Site of Community Importance) of code IT1110006.[5]


  1. ^ a b I.G.C. - Carta dei sentieri e dei rifugi scala 1:50.000 n. 1 Valli di Susa Chisone e Germanasca
  2. ^ key col: Sestriere (2,035  m)
  3. ^ Mauro, Canziani. Grandi carnivori e spazio alpino (PDF) (in Italian). Federazione Nazionale Pro Natura. p. 31.
  4. ^ Marazzi, Sergio (2005). Atlante Orografico delle Alpi. SOIUSA (in Italian). Priuli & Verlucca. ISBN 978-88-8068-273-8.
  5. ^ Siti di Importanza Comunitaria (SIC), Regione Piemonte, list on Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine (accessed in September 2011)


External linksEdit

  • Monte Orsiera punta nord: 360° panoramic image from the summit on