5 Days of Hiking on the Royal Roads and on the paths of the Gran Paradiso National Park

Alpine Ibex, glaciers and splendid valleys in the First National Park of Italy, based in Aosta in the hotel and a night of experience in refuge

An immersive and authentic mountain experience, five days spent in the magnificent landscapes of Italy’s first National Park: we will see herds of alpine ibex, reach the base of beautiful glaciers and walk on some sections of the Royal Roads, dating back to the mid-800s, along the paths of three beautiful valleys to discover a unique territory.

We will stay at an hotel in Aosta for the first 4 days, so that we can move from day to day to discover and hike and different area of the Park comfortably by minibus. For the last night instead we will be sleeping in an authentic mountain hut, the Rifugio Goletta in Alta Val Rhémes, to complete our journey with the panoramic excursion to the Col Rosset.

Maximum 8 travelers, all-inclusive price (transportation, accommodation, all meals, environmental hiking guide that will guide us on the trails), an authentic adventure to walk like you would do in a group of friends.

Trekking Gran Paradiso

difficulty level:Intermediate

Itineraries on varied paths, sometimes quite steep. To get the most out of these hikes you should be quite to walking with your backpack.

 

Day 1 Plan del Nivolet (Val Savarenche valley)

The first day trek is dedicated to an inevitable destination for those who visit the Gran Paradiso Park, the Nivolet! We will begin the trek going up to the less known Pain Borgnoz (2675m), often frequented by chamois, and then continue with a long and pleasant loop itinerary that runs through the entire Pianoro del Nivolet (2405m).

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel/B&B in Aosta.

Elevation gain: 800m

Start of the tour:  Pont

Arrival:  Pont

 

Day 2 Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele (Val Savarenche Valley)

Departing from Pont we will climb in part on one of the most scenic royal roads of the entire park, until we will reach the small basin where the Vittorio Emanuele hut (2719m) stands with breathtaking views on the glaciers of the Seyvaz valley and Becca di Monciair. 

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel/B&B in Aosta.

Elevation gain: 800m

Start of the tour:  Pont

Arrival:  Pont

 

Day 3 Pian Money (Val di Cogne)

This hike will take us around the whole Valnontey Valley: after a first stretch on the valley floor we will climb the path until we will reach Alpe Money (2332m), often frequented by chamois and alpine ibex, from which we will enjoy a magnificent view of the glacier of the same name. We will then descend to the valley floor with a pleasant ring route, along the Valnontey stream.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel/B&B in Aosta.

Elevation gain: 700m

Start of the tour:  Valnontey

Arrival:  Valnontey

 

Day 4 Rifugio Benevolo (Val Rhémes)

From Thumel we will cover a pleasant and not very demanding mule track that will take us to the Benevolo hut (2285m) passing through waterfalls and mountain pastures. After having lunch at the hut it will be possible to enjoy the magnificent view of the Granta Parey and rest towards the next day’s excursion towards Col Rosset (3100m) or, for those who want to walk, reach the magnificent lakes of Goletta (2699m) just above the hut.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Benevolo refuge.

Elevation gain: 450m.

Start of the tour:  Thumel

Arrival route: Benevolo shelter

Lunch: at the Benevolo shelter

 

Day 5 Col Rosset (Val Rhémes)

After a good breakfast we will leave from the Benevolo hut (2285m) to reach the Alpe Vaudalaz (2338m) and then climb on the path in the homonymous valley up to the Col Rosset (3100m), from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Orco Valley and the Colle del Nivolet. After this well-deserved reward we will trace back our steps to go down to the valley floor and reach the minibus left the day before in Thumel.

End of services and return by minibus to Turin.

Elevation gain: 850m

Departure itinerary: Benevolo hut 

Arrival:  Thumel

Marco B
Marco B.

A great sports and mountain lover, during the summer you will find him along the trails hiking and mountain biking, and in the winter again there with skis or a snowboard on his feet. Always looking for new routes, he loves good food and good company. When he is not in the mountains you'll find him at the sea side surfing or rehearsing a play with his actor friends.

Never without: a good cup of coffee

Favorite quote: "Sports is the toy department of life"

This 5 Days of Trekking on the Royal Roads and on the paths of the Gran Paradiso National Park includes:

  • 5 days of trails accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide
  • transfer from Turin or Ivrea to Aosta and back on our minibus
  • transport to the starting points of the paths
  • 3 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (single room supplement, 75 euros total)
  • 1 night in a mountain shelter / hut
  • An additional welcome breakfast
  • 4 packed lunches on the trails
  • 1 lunch at the shelter
  • 4 dinners

This tour consists of 5 days of hiking with base in Aosta for the first 4 days and one night in a mountain hut.

Our 9-seat mini bus with air conditioning and free wifi will drive to the following meeting points:

- Porta Susa railway station in Torino

- Ivrea (TO) railway station

In any case, once the group is established, we will start the day as usual with a welcome breakfast, to get to know each other before leaving for our adventure.

 

Here are the timetables:

First day

- 7.30 am stop at Turin Porta Susa railway station

- 8:15 am stop at Ivrea train station

- 9:15 am arrival at Aosta and stop for breakfast

- 9:45 am departure of the excursion from Aosta

 

The tour ends on the fifth day, at approximately 16:00, on arrival of the hike to Aosta.

Then we will hop onto the minibus to get back home.

 

If you want to stay in Turin before or after the tour, or if you want to take advantage of the opportunity to visit Ivrea, an industrial city of the twentieth century included in the Unesco World Heritage, we have some ideas for you :) You can contact Paola (paola@giroola.com - phone 370 3506333) or write to us directly on the site chat clicking here

Our minibus

This tour is perfect for solo travellers:

  • we take care of everything
  • you are independent and can choose whether and when to share meals and your free time with the group
  • you get to know people from all around the world in a small group

We'll start with a coffee (yes, real espresso!) or a juice and pastry, get to know the group, and by the time we jump on board and start exploring you'll be among friends.

So, solo travellers are very welcome on our tours, and if you are ok with sharing a double/triple room with other members of the group we'll send you an email after the booking and you will tell us your preferences (e.g. girl ok to share a bedroom with other girls only, etc).

If however you prefer us to book a single room for you, it is available during the reservation process for an additional fee..

If there are no other solo travellers in your tour or if there is no possibility to match your preferences (or your roommates happen to snore too much!), your single room will be on us, no additional charge will be required.

This tour consists of 5 days of intermediate level itineraries (itineraries on paths of various kinds, sometimes with marked slopes, lasting 5-6 hours of walking and with a positive vertical drop of maximum 900-1000 meters).

So, it does not pose particular difficulties, but to enjoy the holiday and be at ease it is good to self-evaluate objectively your own conditions and abilities.

 

Classification of difficulty levels for trekking and hiking itineraries:

  • Easy (Tourist): relatively short itineraries, on wide paths and flat dirt roads or with slight slopes; lasting 3-4 hours of walking and with a positive vertical gain of maximum 450-550 meters.
  • Intermediate (excursion): itineraries on paths of various kinds, sometimes with marked slopes; lasting 5-6 hours of walking and with a positive difference in height of maximum 900-1000 meters.
  • Challenging (Expert Hiking): itineraries that present some technical difficulties, such as rocky ground, slight snowy slopes, exposed sections and in some cases single rocky sections of easy climbing (I and II degree) that require the use of hands; a good rhythm is required and physical preparation must be adequate for a day of continuous walking in the mountains; lasting 8-9 hours of walking and with a positive difference in altitude from 1000 meters upwards.
  • CLOTHING We recommend to dress in layers, using breathable garments, but without forgetting a fleece and a windproof and rainproof jacket. Regarding the trousers it is better to opt for a pair that would be not too heavy, able to dry quickly and especially with elastic parts to facilitate movement and be comfortable.
  • FOOTWEAR: Boots are good, better if not too heavy given the season, also low shoes as long as they are hiking shoes, suitable for walking on trails and dirt paths.
  • BACKPACK: Since we will start from a base each day, it is sufficient to have a backpack of 20-30 liters for day trips, with a cover in case of rain (you never know!).
  • TREKKING STICKS:  ideal both uphill and downhill to reduce the effort of leg muscles and to reduce the load on the joints.
  • DO NOT FORGET: A pair of sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle of at least half a liter as well as a cap and a band to protect the forehead and ears from the wind are essential.

To stay overnight at the Benevolo refuge it is sufficient to have a interior sleeping bag (the hut has already blankets and pillows), a change of linen and what is needed for toilets. If you do not have your own interior sleeping bag, just let us know, you can in fact buy a disposable one directly in the shelter (at a price of € 3.50).

If you need more information or if in doubt please write to us: our hiking guide Marco B. will be happy to give you all the necessary information

For further information you can read the article by Marco B. on our blog: Which clothing to choose for a hike? 4 recommendations

Gear
Booking Policy
  • 3 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included
  • 1 lunch at the refuge
  • 5 days of trails accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 4 packed lunches on the trails
  • 1 lunch at the hut
  • 4 dinners
  • transfer from Turin or Ivrea to Aosta and back on our minibus
  • transport every day to the trails

An immersive and authentic mountain experience, five days spent in the magnificent landscapes of Italy’s first National Park: we will see herds of alpine ibex, reach the base of beautiful glaciers and walk on some sections of the Royal Roads, dating back to the mid-800s, along the paths of three beautiful valleys to discover a unique territory.

We will stay at an hotel in Aosta for the first 4 days, so that we can move from day to day to discover and hike and different area of the Park comfortably by minibus. For the last night instead we will be sleeping in an authentic mountain hut, the Rifugio Goletta in Alta Val Rhémes, to complete our journey with the panoramic excursion to the Col Rosset.

Maximum 8 travelers, all-inclusive price (transportation, accommodation, all meals, environmental hiking guide that will guide us on the trails), an authentic adventure to walk like you would do in a group of friends.

Trekking Gran Paradiso

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:

3) RESERVATIONS

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.

4) PAYMENT

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.

6) WITHDRAWAL

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.

What's included

Meals

  • 5 breakfasts
  • 4 packed lunches on the trails
  • 1 lunch at the hut
  • 4 dinners

Transport

  • transfer from Turin or Ivrea to Aosta and back on our minibus
  • transport every day to the trails

Accommodation

  • 3 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (Single room supplement: 75 Euros total)
  • 1 lunch at the refuge

Activities

  • 5 days of trails accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide

Book this tour

You can book directly and quickly here on the site, or if you prefer us to assist you with your booking, click here to chat with us now, or call us at +39.370.350.63.33, we'll be happy to help!

If you are booking over a month in advance, only a deposit of 25% is necessary.

Itinerary and activities may vary depending on weather conditions, seasonal events, special events and group suggestions.

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