4 days on ebike, Northwest Passage: the Valleys Grand Tour at the foot of Monte Rosa, with luggage transport service
A pioneer journey between Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta: the Zegna Oasis, the Supervulcano, the cable car to the Passo dei Salati, the secret passage, the Tracciolino
Do you like eBikes, mountains and challenges?
The biggest challenge for us was to manage to make this journey the first time: Giroola did not exist yet, Marco had recently started riding a mountain bike and was looking for a slightly challenging sporting tour, carrying in his backpack the necessary to stay away 3-4 days. So we came across this Grand Valley Tour, a 200km route, which touches 2 regions, 3 provinces, crosses valleys and climbs mountains. Great!
But there was a problem: this path, advertised on different websites and included in catalogs, maps, leaflets, ... actually does not exist! What we mean: the roads and paths are all there (or almost ... :)), but there is no detailed map, there is no roadbook, there is no .gpx track, and we have not found anyone who ever did it all in one go. And so we decided to set it up ourselves!
With our friends from STSbike in Biella, who know these areas and their paths inside out, in 4 days we crossed woods, passed mountains, and returned home with a wonderful trip to share with our devoted bikers, and with the new ones we will meet this season.
If you are eBikers with a minimum of experience, able to tackle mountain roads, trails and mule tracks, then this is the tour for you!
Length: 200 km
Elevation gain: 4,800m
(obviously excluding the cable car sections :))
For this trip we recommend using a full suspended electric mountain bike. It is possible to rent it from us, at an additional cost of 50 euros for the whole day, including the helmet.
A physically / technically challenging tour, suitable for riders that routinely use mountain bikes (or e-mountain bikes) on trips with long uphills or very rough off-road stretches (mountain trails).
Marco is the head of our biking tours. Master motorbike traveller, he's been everywhere in Europe in the last 16 years, he loves heavy metal music, eating jam directly from the jar with a spoon, living in the country and solving a Rubik's cube in less than 50 seconds. He's got super brains, he has a solution for everything but his stinky socks!
Never without: a Rubik's cube
Favourite quote: "It could be worse... It could be raining!"
This is one of our CHALLENGING tours.
This is a bike tour dedicated to cyclists with good experience and adequate physical and technical preparation, and in good health.
If you need any clarification or additional information in addition to what you find on this page, you can contact us by email or by phone, or via whatsapp
We recommend wearing padded cycling shorts as you will be riding for many hours.
In all our eBike tours it is essential to wear a helmet, if you don't have one we can lend it to you. If you rent one of our eBikes, the helmet is included in the price.
This tour does not involve any particular risks: we will ride on mountain roads, traveled by thousands of hikers and cyclists every year. As always when going to the mountains the right attention and the right caution are needed.
At the end of the second day we will face a long descent from the 3.000m of the Salati Pass to Gressoney, using rough roads and paths that run along the ski slopes, which require a good basic technique and a bike in good working order (tires and brakes)
On the third day, we will have to face a stretch of about 300m that crosses a forest, downhill, where we will have to accompany the bike (we need suitable shoes, we do not recommend rigid racing bikes shoes)
On the last day we will cross a tunnel, about 200m long, unlit and with an irregular bottom (there are small holes and puddles), which you can still easily tackle on foot.
There are no real "enduro" traits, and considering how much there is to ride, Marco prefers to do it without knee pads / elbow pads.
But if you feel more comfortable wearing them, you can of course do!
(Instead the helmet, just to remember it, is mandatory for all of our tours)
All our tours are directly made by us, Giroola Srl, via Amorosa 3, 10030 Villareggia (TO) (P.iva 11671600010, Scia 19022017-1520 Suap 9007)
During the tour you'll be covered by our Civil Responsibility Assurance (Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, via Corte d'Appello 1, 10122 Torino, nr.2007/03/2276452).
We adhere to the Guarantee Fund (art.50 Dlgs 23.05.2011 n.79) which can be used by all travellers provided they have a contract in case of bankruptcy or insolvency for the refunding of the price paid. (Fondo Garanzia Viaggi Srl, via Nazionale 60, 00184 Roma, certificate n. A/146.1485/5/2017).
Booking Policy, from the General Terms and Condition for the Sale of Tour Packages:
Acceptance of reservations by Giroola Srl is subject to availability. Reservations will be considered final following confirmation by Giroola Srl, even via e-mail or fax, to the client.
Indications relative to the tour package not contained in the contract documents, brochures or other forms of written communication, will be supplied in time by Giroola Srl prior to the initial starting date in compliance with its duties as envisaged by Legislative . decree n. 79/2011.
Upon booking, a registration fee and a deposit of 25% of the total amount is required. Full payment is due 30 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 30 days of departure, full payment is due upon booking. Lack of payment of the abovementioned sums on the dates established constitutes grounds for cancellation of reservations such as to determine, on the part of Giroola Srl, the right to terminate the contract.
5) TRANSFER OF CONTRACT
The client renouncing the contract may be substituted by another person provided that:
a) Giroola Srl be given written notice at least 4 weekdays prior to the date of departure, together with the necessary personal data of the transferee;
b) The transferee be able to satisfy all the conditions for the fruition of the service ( ex article 10 of Legislative decree n.111/95) and in particular the requisites relative to passports, visas, health certificates;
c) The transferee refund Giroola Srl for all expenses incurred for the transfer of the contract for the sum specified before the transfer.
Moreover, the transferor and the transferee are both accountable for the payment in full of the tour package price as well as for the sum as per item (c) of the present article.
As far as certain types of services are concerned, third party suppliers have the right to refuse the substitution of the transferee, even if effected within the time limit specified as per item (a) of the present article. Giroola Srl will therefore not be held responsible for the eventual non-acceptance of the substitution on behalf of third parties. This non-acceptance shall be notified in good time by Giroola Srl to the parties involved before departure.
In the event of withdrawing from the tour package contract, the client is, in any case, liable for the payment of the tour package price. If withdrawal takes place for reasons beyond those envisaged in article 7 of the present General Terms, the client shall pay, in compliance with ex article 1373, paragraph III, Italian Civil Code, cancellation penalties as specified below:
- 10% of the tour package price within 30 days prior to departure
- 30% of the tour package price from 29 to 18 days prior to departure
- 50% of the tour package price from 17 to 10 days prior to departure
- 75% of the tour package price from 9 to 3 weekdays prior to departure
- 100% of the tour package price beyond these terms.
7) WITHDRAWAL OF CLIENT WITHOUT PENALTY
The client may withdraw from the contract, without incurring any penalty, in the following circumstances:
- a significant change of one or more elements of the contract which can be objectively considered as fundamental for the fruition of the tour package in its entirety and proposed by Giroola Srl.
- after the conclusion of the contract itself but prior to departure and not accepted by the client.
In the abovementioned circumstances, the client is entitled to the following options:
- the fruition of an alternative tour package, with no increase in price or with the restitution of the excess in price, if the second tour package costs less than the first;
- the restitution of any sum corresponded as partial payment. Said restitution must be made within seven weekdays from receiving the request for reimbursement.
The client must communicate the decision (to accept the change or to withdraw) within two weekdays from receiving notice of the price increase or change. In the absence of specific notice within the said term, the proposal made by Giroola Srl will be considered accepted. The client who decides to withdraw from the contract before departure for circumstances beyond those listed above shall pay, after deducting the account paid as per article 4, the penalty indicated in article 6.
8) TOUR VARIATIONS
Variations to the tour, requested by the client, after the confirmation of booking, could involve processing expenses for Giroola Srl and at times penalties charged by suppliers. If so, the customer will be charged. Partial withdrawal of some of the travellers under the same contract and the resulting decrease in number of tour members is to be considered partial cancellation and is consequently regulated as stated in article 6.
As specified in our General Conditions of Sale of tourist packages, when you travel with Giroola you are covered by our Civil Liability Insurance. For all that could happen and that was due to our negligence or error, we have signed a policy (Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, nr.2007 / 03/2276452).
There are other insurance policies that we recommend and for which we have chosen to work with Allianz Global Assistance, whose Globy range seems to us to be the most suitable for our travelers:
- TRAVEL CANCELLATION - Our 8-person trips are often full months before the date of travel, and even if our cancellation policy is actually much more flexible than expressed in our Booking Policy (our travelers can attest to this, we are very available to move the trip in case of unexpected even the last minute), where other facilities are involved (hotels, rentals, etc) some expenses are not really refundable, and therefore a good trip cancellation insurance becomes a valuable ally.
- HEALTH and ASSISTANCE
We at Giroola are an agency of the Globy network of Allianz Global Assistance, and we can therefore provide you with all the information, make estimates and issue the policies directly with the booking.
For any information our Paola is at your disposal at the phone number +39 370 3506333, at the address [email protected] or in the chat directly on this page.
- Assistance for 4 days on the trails
- Ascent by cable car from Alagna to Passo dei Salati
- Luggage transport service at each stage
- 3 nights with breakfast
- 4 days of mountain bike trails
- Giroola’s technical t-shirt