Through Mont Cenis col on the track of Hannibal

Through Mont Cenis col on the track of Hannibal

About 400 km; 150 km are off-road and on dirt roads
Moto fuoristrada monocilindrico Moto fuoristrada bicilindrico
Level 2 medium. Short hard stretches
Hotel, refuge and agritourism, half board
Price from:
280.00 euro

Since ancient times the Susa Valley has been an access way to Italy and to the Po Valley for travellers coming from West. In particular, in centuries the Mont Cenis Col has been constantly crossed  by armies and  kings, Charles the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, travellers, merchants and pilgrims. Ancient documents and studies have identified the Clapier Col, located South of Moncenisio,  as the most probable passage of Hannibal’s army when he descended through Italy to conquerRome. At the foot of CenischiaValley there is the very ancient Novalesa Abbey with its hospice. They have been a fundamental reference point for travellers who ventured on these mountains through centuries. From XVIII century on a large number of forts was erected to defend the mountain pass and the valleys. Our itinerary covers the Susa Valle until the Assietta Col and it goes down to the Cenischia Valley.
Then, through marvellous mountain military roads it crosses the pass to reach the Piccolo Moncenisio and down to the Maurienne Valley. On the way to the Fréjus Col we see spectacular places, Romanic and baroque churches, the amazing forts of Essaillon, then we reach the less known Encombres Col. We ride through a ring of high-elevation carriages roads on an almost unknown itinerary, but full of history and of remarkable landscapes. This journey is made by about 400 km of various dirt roads with some difficult stretches.
This trip is intended for the true enthusiasts of off-road twocylinder motorcycles as they can be fully used at best performance.

1st day

  • Arrival in La Cassa (To) meeting at the B&B for dinner and overnight stay.
  • A thorough briefing on the tour itinerary will be given at this time and it is therefore very important for all participants to attend.

2nd day

  • ÂźBreakfast
  • Departure 9.00 a.m.
  • ÂźItinerary (distance covered about 200 km , 60% dirt road):   Valle del Colle delle Finestre –  Colle dell’Assietta – Valle Cenischia – Chiomonte – Colle del Moncenisio – Valle di Modane – Lanslebourg.
  • ÂźDinner and overnight stay at  B&B in Lanslebourg.

3rd day

  • ÂźBreakfast
  • Departure 8.00 a.m.
  • Itinerary (distance covered about 200 km, 40% dirt roads):  Valle della Maurienne – Fortresses of Essaillon ( Marie Christine, Marie ThĂ©rèse and Victor Emmanuel) – Modane – Col du FrĂ©jus – Col d’ Encombres – Colle della Maddalena – Colle del Moncenisio – Torino.


The fee includes:

  • 1st day: dinner and overnight stay.
  • 2nd day: breakfast, dinner and overnight stay.
  • 3th day : breakfast.
  • Accommodation will be in 2/3 bedded rooms in hotels, B&Bs or travel lodges depending on the hotel facilities in the area.
  • All dinners will be served at the venue where you are going to spend the night

The fee does not include:

  • Any variation from our formula “half board accommodation”, any drinks ( except for water) and all lunches. We will be keeping a lunch kitty in order to share costs and streamline payment.
  • Baggage transport, specialized mechanical assistance and motorbike or vehicle recovery.

The itinerary can be changed depending on weather conditions i.e. snow or  “ No Through Road” signals introduced just before our arrival.

Technically speaking the routes are not overly difficult, but you need to be physically and technically prepared in order to cover about 7/8 hours driving per day.The routes are all on 80% dirt roads which are sometimes stoney, but always with a width of 1.5/2 meters and therefore suitable for 4 wheel drive vehicles.

“Karoo” or “Rally Cross” tyres by Pirelli or “Desert” tyres by Michelin are recommended. You can also use mixed type tyres for road and off road, but with caution.

Each member should be able to replace their own inner tubes or repair tubeless tires on their own bike.

It is necessary to wear suitable off-road wear (boots, clothing, etc..). All tours are inspired by cultural , social and historical themes so there will be time for sightseeing and taking in local culture and scenery. Our schedules include plenty of photography breaks although these are limited by the need to keep commitments such as hotel reservations.

It is expressly forbidden the use of GPS to avoid that, any possible incorrect use of the itinerary information by a third-party, may cause in the future a “No Entry” signal.

Photogallery: Moncenisio – september 2012
Photogallery last edition: Through Mont Cenis col on the track of Annibale – September 2013