Hiking to the Bose Lake with snowshoes is particularly fascinating: fairy-tale woods and views as far as the eye can see…
Departure: Sanctuary of Oropa (1227 m).
Highest point: Lago delle Bose (1534 m)
Difference in height: 360 m. Difficulty: T
Duration of the round trip: about 3 hours
Signs: D11 – D11a
Path D11 starts from Piazzale Buscancano (to the left of the cableway), near the cross-country ski run “Paradiso”. Climbing along the path, after a few minutes you will come to the last chapel of the Sacro Monte of Oropa: the Chapel of the Coronation, a UNESCO site.
Continue to the right following the signs for “Pian di Gè”, continuing along the path dotted with beech, pine and oak trees. Once passed the wood, a suggestive panorama opens up, embracing the whole plain. Continuing along the path, which offers some glimpses of the Sanctuary and of the dome of the Upper Basilica, you arrive at “Alpe Pian di Gè”. From here continue to the right towards the path that leads to Bose Lake.
When you reach the lake covered with snow, from which you can admire the peak of Mount Mucrone, the mountain symbol of the Biella area, continue to the Busancano path (D11a) that will take you back to Oropa in about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Before starting the excursion, consult the avalanche bulletin: http://www.arpa.piemonte.it/bollettini/elenco-bollettini-1/bollettino-valanghe