This route takes place mainly at the bottom of the central valley and on the slopes of medium altitude, between and metres. It is therefore accessible for most of the year. See the trail network on a technical map or orthophotograph, search itineraries by place or create a route by selecting single trail sections.
Day 1: Champoluc to Rifugio Gran Tournalin 15km
Aosta Valley, Italy
Each night is spent in a different rifugio and the package includes dinner, prepared with local products, and DOC wines from the Aosta valley. The route roughly follows a figure of eight, exploring three valleys, with marvellous views of the Italian Alps including the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa range. Leaving Turin, after crossing the flatlands, a tortuous drive through twisting hairpins, climbs to the village of Champoluc, in the upper reaches of the Ayas Valley. In earlier times this area was considered uninhabitable until it was populated by the Walser people, escaping poverty in Switzerland. The weather is clear and sunny as I set out, climbing up through the forest by a stream and waterfall.
Rifugio Vittorio Sella
For serious walkers, multi-day walks staying in overnight huts are a wonderful way to explore this spectacular alpine environment. Walkers will be surrounded by dramatic peaks of over metres. Mountain Huts. Trekking Map Treks other than those outlined below. Local Contacts and Trekking Tips. Excursion to discover the village of Zermatt, descending the glacier of the Klein Matterhorn in the company of the Cervino Guides. Along the trail you can enjoy stunning views on the 4,metre high peaks that made the history of mountaineering. Enjoy an easy walking journey through the unspoilt Valpelline, with donkeys who will help you carry your luggage as travel companions. Trekking Multi-day walks staying in overnight huts allow you to experience the Aosta Valley to the full. Trip to Zermatt and ice cave Excursion to discover the village of Zermatt, descending the glacier of the Klein Matterhorn in the company of the Cervino Guides.
Though a favorite alpine holiday destination among Italians, Aosta Valley is virtually unknown to the rest of the world. You could spend weeks exploring the many hamlets and trails of these glacial and river valleys. Some of these side valleys branch into Gran Paradiso National Park, while others extend in the direction of Switzerland. This is the heart of the Italian Alps. Italians vacation here chiefly in summer hiking and cycling season and winter skiing season. If you come off-season, it might seem lifeless. Many properties in the region are second homes, which means that outside of those high seasons, many areas in the valley are empty. We visited Aosta Valley in May. While traveling to Aosta off-season has its advantages, it also feels dead.