The Tibetan bridge in Claviere, Italy is the longest Tibetan bridge in the world. If you find yourself in the area between June and September, it’s a must do. Not only is the town adorable, but there is so much to do in the Summer & the weather is perfectly cool. Golf, hiking, climbing, cross the bridge, mountain biking, camping, canyoning, trekking…the list goes on.
Open weekends only in June & September then everyday in July & August, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
How to get there:
The nearest train station to Claviere is in Oulx (station name: Oulx-Cesana-Claviere-Sestriere).
Once in Oulx, there is a bus schedule outside the station, but you should check the schedule before you go, as few buses go to Claviere. Claviere is roughly 40 minute bus ride.
There is a separate free shuttle for you and your bike from July 13 to August 25, 2013. The shuttle is a large van, not a bus, and runs from each location only 4 times a day. It doesn’t always run on time, but it is free.
A taxi would cost around 50€ from Oulx/Sauze d’Oulx to Claviere
Local Taxi Service, Roberto drove us around when we didn’t use the bus service.
Once in Claviere, the bus will drop you off in the town & you need to walk back toward the front of the town to find the hut for the Ponte Tibetano, just past the long parking area. You will see a banner along the fence, flags with the name on it & the hut where you will pay & retrieve your gear. Here you can also see the last part of the bridge.
10€ per adult, 5€ per child under 14. Plus 5€ for equipment. You can also add rock climbing to the crossing of the bridge. Make sure you add it before you go to get a helmet!
You will have to hike up to a small chapel then down a bit to get to the beginning of the bridge. It is a beautiful way to see the gorge & not for the faint hearted.
PLACES TO STAY:
We liked Sauze d’Oulx and the Hotel Gran Trun. Beautiful area just above Oulx (15 min bus/taxi ride, 20€ taxi between Oulx & Sauze d’Oulx). All of the towns seemed perfect to stay, so choose what works best for you, especially if you don’t want to plan your days around public transportation.
Enjoy! If you go, let us know what you thought & if any of the information has changed from this post.