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Alta via n.1 hiking traverse, Aosta Valley

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.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration6 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

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.

Accommodation

In Huts. Five (5) nights accommodation with half board (dinner and breakfast). Drinks not included.

More info

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

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Itinerary

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.


About the guide

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IFMGA certified mountain guide based in the Aosta Valley. Summer and winter mountain activities in the Valley and nearby locations.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 568 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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


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