9 days
Duration
Moderate to Challenging
Difficulty grade
Italy
Location
June-September
Availability

  Classic walking routes among the Alps’ highest peaks

  Fresh mountain air and exhilarating panoramic vistas

  Historical castles, beautiful chapels and delightful hamlets

  Spot mountain wildlife in their natural habitat – ibex, chamois, eagles and marmots

  Warm, comfortable family-run accommodation with traditional mountain cuisine


The Aosta Valley is a paradise for hikers, with numerous walking trails overlooked by the majestic 3000-metre high summits of Europe’s highest mountains. This dramatic glacial valley is nestled in Italy’s northwest corner, between France and Switzerland. It is here that you find the highest of the Alpine peaks; the Grand Combin, Gran Paradiso, Matterhorn and the king of them all, Mont Blanc. This is truly a natural paradise, with peaceful Alpine meadows criss-crossed by ancient pathways trodden over the centuries by armies and pilgrims and surrounded by glaciers, snow-capped peaks and gushing waterfalls.

The strategic position of the valley means that it is home to many different cultures and traditions. Control of the valley was keenly contested between Burgundy (France) and Savoy (Italy) in the Middle Ages. Evidence of this can be seen in the line of castles, each within view of the next so that messages could be passed along via a system of flags. The region remains bilingual today, with a Valdostan culture that can be heard in its musical local dialect and simple but hearty cuisine. Staples include Fontana cheese, grilled polenta and wine from the indigenous Fumin grape that was recently rescued from extinction.

9 DAY TOUR From €685 per person sharing*

*A high season supplement will apply during peak booking periods.
*A single supplement charge will apply for solo walkers.

ACCOMMODATION In very comfortable hotels and agriturismo on a half-board basis. All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. The standard hotels are listed below. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.

You can also book additional nights at any of the hotels along the way.

AVAILABILITY You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between June 1st and September 15th.
INCLUDED
8 Nights in selected hotels and agriturismo
8 Breakfasts
7 Dinners
Private transfer from Aosta to Arpuilles (+ luggage to Saint Pierre) on day 2
Luggage transfer from Saint Pierre to Saint Nicolas on day 4
Luggage transfer from Saint Nicolas to Saint Pierre on day 6
Detailed route notes and maps with tracks on
Pre-departure information pack
24/7 telephone support
NOT INCLUDED
Flights & travel insurance
Lunches & dinners, if not otherwise stated
Travel to Aosta and from Cogne
City taxes
Anything else not mentioned in the “included” section
OPTIONAL EXTRAS
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
Single Room Supplement(s)
Transfer from airport to Aosta
Transfer from Cogne to airport

The walks are mostly on grass and stone paths, dirt roads, forest tracks and also some inevitable short sections on asphalt road. At the beginning of the season, there may be snow remaining on some sections of the path, however this will not normally require any specialist equipment.

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Day 1: Arrive in Aosta

Arrive in the quaint town of Aosta. The regional capital is spectacularly situated in a valley dominated by the stunning views of Europe’s highest mountains. Once an important Roman settlement, the town remains bilingual and retains a charming historic centre. Strolling around its peaceful streets, you will discover impressive well-preserved monuments such as the Roman Theatre and the Arch of Augustus.

Overnight: Aosta

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Day 2: Walk From Arpuilles to Homene Dessus

Distance: 15 km | Ascent: 1200 m | Descent: 700 m | 7 hrs approx.

A private transfer after breakfast will take you to the small hilltop village of Arpuilles, where today’s itinerary starts with a tough climb to above 2,000 metres. Your walk takes you through flower-carpeted meadows overlooking the valley and the majestic surrounding peaks, before reaching your next accommodation, an 18th century, restored Alpine farmhouse set on a natural mountain-balcony which affords breath-taking views over the Gran Paradiso National Park.

Overnight: Les Ecureuils, Homene Dessus

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Day 3: Walk from S.Pierre to Lac Fallère and back via Becca France

Distance: 16 km | Ascent: 1000 m | Descent: 1000 m | 7 hrs approx.

Today’s itinerary takes you through the shady forest Bois de Verrogne and after a gradual, sometimes tough climb, you reach the crystal-clear alpine lake, Lac Fallère, situated at 2415 m altitude. En-route, you will enjoy panoramic views of the impressive surrounding peaks. Your descent beyond Becca France is through a sloping woodland area without marking but where the correct direction is clear to see.

Overnight: Les Ecureuils, Homene Dessus

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Day 4: Walk from Homene Dessus to Vens

Distance: 12 km | Ascent: 650 m | Descent: 400 m | 5 hrs approx.

Today’s walk takes you from east to west along a mountain path more than 2000 m above the valley floor. On the higher slopes you will find the pastures, which produce the famous Fontina and Toma cheeses, while lower down are the quiet mountain villages and alpine farms.

Your accommodation tonight is in a small family-run hotel located in a charming mountain hamlet with traditional décor, wooden furnishings and panoramic views. The restaurant serves local specialities accompanied by locally produced wines.

Overnight: Hotel Vagneur, Saint Nicolas

5

Day 5: Walk from Vens to the Pointe Oilletta

Distance: 8.6 km | Ascent: 950 m | Descent: 950 m | 5 hrs approx.

Beginning in the village of Vens, you will first stroll through an area of old gold mines. This is followed by a climb to the 2616 m Oiletta peak, where you will be rewarded with incredible views of the nearby peak of the Gran Paradiso and the awesome Mont Blanc Massif.

Overnight: Hotel Vagneur, Saint Nicolas

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Day 6: Walk from Vens to Villeneuve

Distance: 10 km | Ascent: 25 m | Descent: 1150 m | 4½ hrs approx.

A long descent along the Dora Baltea River is on good paths, alternated with some flat sections.  The vegetation gradually becomes drier with fewer conifers and more fruit trees and vineyards. Along the way you will encounter many castles and churches dating from various historic eras.

At the end of your walk you can pick up your luggage in Saint Pierre (a further 1.2 km) before travelling by car or by public transport (with change in Aosta) to your accommodation in Cogne; a bustling town known for its lace-making. Local fabrics are sold at several craft and antique shops.

Overnight: Cogne

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Day 7: Circular walk from Lillaz

Distance: 10.5 km | Ascent: 800 m | Descent: 800 m | 8 hrs approx.

Beginning from the mountain village of Lillaz, known for its enchanting waterfalls. You will first climb steadily to the beautiful Loie Lake (2354 m altitude). Walking along a mountain stream, you pass two smaller lakes and gradually you descend to the bottom of the Urtier Valley. From here you can take a local bus back to your accommodation.

Overnight: Cogne

8

Day 8: Circular walk Gimillan - Colle Tsa Sètse - Gimillan

Distance: 15 km | Ascent: 1100 m | Descent: 1100 m | 8 hrs approx.

From the hotel you walk through a beautiful path to the Colle Tsa Sètse (2820 m altitude), populated by Alpine marmots and offering tremendous views of the Gran Paradiso and Mont Blanc mountains. You return to the hotel through a mixture of open farmland and forest paths.

Overnight: Cogne

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Day 9: Arrivederci Cogne!

The trip and our services end after breakfast. We can also arrange extra nights in Cogne or Aosta if you would like to spend more time exploring the area. Just let us know at the time of booking if you require additional nights.

Getting to Aosta

  The most convenient airports are Turin (TRN) or Milan’s Linate (LIN)/Malpensa (MXP).
/ From Turin city centre, you can take a direct bus or train to Aosta.

From Milan Malpensa Lampugnano station, you can take a direct bus to Aosta.

Departure from Cogne

/ At the end of the trip you travel by bus from Cogne to Aosta (about 1 hour) and from there travel onwards to Turin or Milan.
We will send you a pre-departure information pack, which contains detailed public transport information.
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