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Alta via n.1 hiking traverse, Aosta Valley

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Tha Alta Via 1 -also called the Via dei Giganti- is a 6-day amazing hut to hut hiking traverse, across the foothills of the highest peaks in Europe, like the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Mont Blanc, with an IFMGA certified guide.


6 Days

Jun - Oct




The Alta Via N° 1 -also called the Via dei Giganti (the giants’ trail)-is a 6-day hiking traverse that covers the northern part of the Aosta Valley. This amazing itinerary takes us through a spectacular scenery, across the foothils of some of the highest peaks in Europe, like the Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and Monte Rosa.

The trek leads us from the east to the west. We cross the Gressoney valley, through Champoluc, Valtournanache, Valpelline, Gran San Bernando and Val Ferret to Courmayeur. Along the way, we spend every night in a different hut. You can take a look at the day-by-day itinerary at the bottom of this text.

Every day, we will walk an average time of 6/7 hours. This is a trekking of intermediate level, with no technical difficulties. However, you need to be in good physical shape.

The trail follows ancient paths that mountain people have traveled through the centuries. Most important, these paths are nowadays accesible to all those, like you, who want to live an unforgettable experience!

Also, along the way, we will have the chance to enjoy many extraordinary panoramic views over the giant mountains of Europe! This is definitely a must-do route if you are passionate about mountain and hiking.

So are you in for this extraordinary Alta Via N° 1 hiking traverse? Send me a request and we will start planning your trip! I will be happy to be your guide in such an incredible journey.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

Price details

The price also includes insurance R.C.// It does not include the material and equipment (boot, backpack, etc.) and extra drinks in shelter.


Day 1: Gressoney-Saint-Jean / Rifugio Grand Tournalin

From Gressoney we hike up to the Pinter Hill. Then, we descend along green meadows in the Ayas Valley to Champoluc. From here, we transfer to the Grand Tournalin Hut. Dinner and overnight stay. Altitude difference: 1250m – 950m. Average time: 5 h / 6 h.

Day 2: Grand Tournalin Hut-Barmasse Hut

We head towards Valtournenche. After lunch, we hike up to the Barmasse Hut, located by the Lake Cignana, where we will eat and drink. Altitude difference: 1050m -1300m. Average time: 6 h 30 min.

Day 3: Barmasse Hut-Cuney Hut

From the Barmasse hut, we go down to the Torgnon basin and go back to the Fenetre de Tzan hill. From this point, we hike down to the Reboulaz bivouac and head to the Cuney refuge with the nearby highest sanctuary in Europe. Dinner and overnight stay. Altitude difference: + 900m; -800m. Average time: 6 h.

Day 4: Cuney Hut-Valpelline

We hike through a panoramic path on the valley of Saint Barthelemy and  reach the Vessona hill. From here we will go down to Valpelline. Dinner and overnight stay. Altitude difference: + 550m; -1400m. Average Time: 6 h. 00 mins

Day 5: Bionaz-Ollomont-Saint Rhemy

From Bionaz we transfer to Ollomont. From here we hike up the way to the Letey hut and then to the Champillon hill. Then we hike downhill into the valley of Gran San Bernardo to Saint Rhemy en Bosse, where we will have dinner and spend the night. Altitude difference: +1250m; -1200m. Average time: 6 h 30 minutes.

Day 6: Saint Rhemy-Bonatti Hut-Val Ferret

From St. Rhemy en Bosse we climb to the Merdeux basin to the hill of Maltrà, the highest point of all the Via dei Giganti (2925m). From this point, we are able to enjoy a magnificent panorama of Mont Blanc!!Then we hike downhill in the beautiful Val Ferret and stop at the Bonatti hut for a toast, with the view of Mont Blanc, the highest of the Giants in this trekking !! Altitude difference: + 1300m ; -1150m – Average time: 6 h 30 min.



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For the midday picnic, you can buy sandwiches and snacks when stopping at the refineries or in the villages we cross.

Meeting point


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
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About the guide

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E-S Adventure Guides



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Tomas and his team of IFMGA/UIMLA-certified mountain guides & leaders and rock climbing instructors (Anna, Andrea, Elis, Enrico, Ivan, Julia, Lucia, Marika, and Oreste) are some of the top outdoor adventure professionals in Italy.

Whether you wish to climb the Gran Paradiso or go on an exciting via ferrata in the Dolomites, among other amazing options, they will be able to show you the top spots and the ropes to ensure you have an unforgettable and safe adventure.

Tomas will be your main point of contact during the booking process and will be able to help you with all the questions you have in order to make sure you receive the best possible guiding service.

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