5 Days of Trekking in Valle d'Aosta, Tour to discover lakes, villages and mountain forests

A whole week to experience an extraordinary natural world and beautiful unspoiled places

Valle d'Aosta is the ideal place to discover the Italian Alps: beautiful trails, spectacular alpine lakes and characteristic villages surrounded by 3000 meters peaks. In these places you can really appreciate the beauty of unspoiled nature, and it is here that we have organized a fun tour for trekking lovers.

It consists of 5 days of intermediate level walking trips (E), departing in the morning and returning in the evening to Courmayeur, where our group, for a maximum of 8 travelers, will make a base to leave every day to a different destination. Accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide, we will explore an enchanting territory walking all day, and then meet again in the evening all together 'with the legs under the table', as we say in Piedmont.

We will also go for a spectacular cable car ride, on the scenic Sky Way of Mont Blanc, up to 3,466 meters of Punta Helbronner.

Our minibus will assist us to take us on the paths, and to take us from Turin (or from Ivrea - TO) to Courmayeur, and bring us back at the end of the holiday.

The price also includes the night accommodation, and all packed lunches and dinners.

Please note: the route can be modified according to weather and safety conditions. So there might be last minute variations.

Hiking Aosta Valley

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 Miage Lake in Veny Valley - altitude gain: 360m (620m to Elisabetta Shelter)

The excursion of the first day will take us to the discovery of the magnificent Val Veny, we will walk the path that leads to the base of the Miage glacier (2040m) until we will reach the lake of the same name, with the possibility of prolonging the hike and reach the Elisabetta lodge.

 

Day 2 Val Ferret - altitude gain: 500m.

An excursion that crosses two wonderful valleys, the majestic Val Ferret and the small and typical Sapin Valley, passing by the Bertone refuge.

 

Day 3 Bonatti refuge - altitude gain: 510m

An itinerary that goes through one of the most beautiful and panoramic stretches of the Val Ferret, meeting the Bonatti refuge and returning along the Doire torrent.

 

Day 4 Sky Way Mont Blanc

A day dedicated to an unforgettable travel experience on the Sky Way Mont Blanc, the panoramic cableway that gives Courmayeur access to the 3,466 meters of Punta Helbronner admiring a breathtaking scenery on Mont Blanc and the surrounding peaks such as the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso. After lunch at the restaurant of the intermediate station Pavillon du Mont Fréty we will then have the afternoon free to enjoy the panorama of the surrounding mountains and visit the Saussurea botanical garden, among the highest in Europe, and the Mont Blanc winery at 2,173 meters above sea level .

 

Day 5 Bella Comba Lakes - altitude gain: 780m

A pleasant and panoramic excursion that will take you from La Thuile to the Bella Comba Lakes, with a splendid view of the Mont Blanc massif.

 

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 in Valle d'Aosta, Tour to discover lakes, villages and mountain forests includes:

  • 5 days of trails accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide
  • transfer from Turin or Ivrea to Finale Ligure and back on our minibus
  • transport to the starting points of the paths
  • 1 return ticket Pontal (Courmayeur) - Punta Helbronner on the Sky Way Mont Blanc cable car

  • 4 nights in a 3-star hotel, in a double room with breakfast (single room supplement: 100 euros total)
  • An additional welcome breakfast
  • 4 picnic lunches on the trails
  • 1 lunch at restaurant Bellevue
  • 4 dinners

This tour consists of 5 days of hiking, based in Courmajeur (AO). We can therefore meet directly there, if it is convenient for you.

If you prefer, we have two other meeting points planned, that we will drive by in our 9 seats Minibus with air conditioning and free wi-fi on the road to Valle D’Aosta:

- 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 scheduled times:

Departure day:

- 6.30 am at Turin Porta Susa railway station 

-at 7:30 stop at Giroola headquarters at Villareggia (TO)

- 8:15 am stop at Ivrea train station (TO)

- 10:00 am arrival at Courmayeur (AO) and stop for breakfast

- 10.45 am departure of the excursion from the village La Visaille (AO)

 

The tour will end on the fifth day at about 4pm, time of arrival of the excursion to La Thuile (AO), and then we will start driving towards home by minibus.

 

Our Giroola 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 4 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.

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

What's included

Meals

  • 5 breakfasts 
  • 4 picnic lunches on the trails
  • 1 lunch at restaurant Bellevue
  • 4 dinners

Transport

  • transfer from Turin or Ivrea to Courmayeur and back by our minibus
  • transport to the starting points of the paths
  • 1 return ticket Pontal (Courmayeur) - Punta Helbronner on the Sky Way Mont Blanc cable car

Accommodation

  • 4 nights in a 3-star hotel, in a double room with breakfast (single room supplement: 100 euros total)

Activities

  • 5 days of trails accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide
  • Travel by Sky Way Mont Blanc cable car

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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Reviews

Marisa L.
5

Try to believe, we leave without knowing what to expect, then with great surprise we know exceptional people like Alessandro and Gabriele who always make you feel at ease with a naturalness as if it were all taken for granted, I hope that they will continue so everything done with the heart and experience.Consiglio has all to try for a few days l, experience with spinning whatever you choose will not be disappointed they will take care of you at 360 degrees, what more can I hope to do soon another experience with them in the company of people who transmit enthusiasm. A hello from Maria da Genova (automatic translation by Google)
Giorgia M.
5

Trekking in Valle d'Aosta from 23 to 27 July 2018. The impression of being in good hands I had from the first approach, thanks to the phone call of Paola who seemed immediately a smart person. A month after the trek, the arrival of an illustrated postcard of the Valle d'Aosta, sent to me by Alessandro, confirmed my feeling. I spent a fantastic week, in the company of new people who seemed to know me for a long time. Excursions to the splendid valleys at the foot of the Mont Blanc massif have been accompanied by impeccable hotel accommodation. I was lucky enough to enjoy the company of Gabriele Pellerino, a very well prepared environmental guide, who taught me how to look at the mountain with different eyes, observing aspects that I had never considered before. It was a very positive experience above the best expectations that I highly recommend and that I hope to repeat, so you can get to know some other wonderful place suggested by Giroola. Thank you so much. (automatic translation by Google)