5 Days of Trekking 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 a hotel and a night of authentic hut experience

€ 849

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 Benevolo in Alta Val Rhémes, to complete our journey with the panoramic excursion to theTsanteleina lake.

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.

 

Gran Paradiso

Day 1 Valnontey Valley (Cogne)

This walk will take us to the discovery of the entire Valnontey Valley: after a first stretch in the valley on a dirt road we will start climbing on the paths, always skirting the stream of the same name until we will reach the Money creek at 2250 meters, right at the bottom of the valley. The whole area besides being frequented by chamois and ibex is a great vantage point from which to enjoy a splendid view of the Money, Tribulation and Grand Crou glaciers!

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

packed lunch

Excursion

Elevation gain: 600m

Distance: 13km

 

 

Day 2 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 start the walk going up towards the Croix of Arolley, and then continue with a long and pleasant itinerary that runs through the entire Pianoro del Nivolet (2405m).

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

packed lunch

Excursion

Elevation gain: 650m

Distance: 16km

 

Day 3 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.

packed lunch

Excursion

Elevation gain: 800m

Distance:10km

 

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 in view of the excursion the next day towards the Tsanteleina lake.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Benevolo refuge.

Lunch: at the Benevolo shelter

Excursion

Elevation gain: 450m.

Distance: 5km

Start of the tour:  Thumel

Arrival route: Benevolo shelter

 

Day 5 Lago di Tsanteleina (Val Rhémes)

After a good breakfast we will leave from the Benevolo hut (2285m) to reach the magnificent Tsanteleina Lake (2718m), where you can get an exceptional view on the glacier! 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.

packed lunch

Excursion

Elevation gain: 450m.

Distance: 12km

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 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 2-3 hours of walking and with a positive vertical gain of maximum 200-250 meters.
  • 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.

All our tours are suitable for all ages (let's say from the age of 14 upwards) - the best thing if you have a doubt about the technical difficulties or the length of the route, you can call us and speak directly with your guide who can advise you in the best way based on your experience and your needs.

The price of these 5 Days of Trekking on the Royal Roads and on the paths of the Gran Paradiso National Park , of 849 euros per person, 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

Our Minibus will depart from Turin, from the Porta Nuova railway station, at 7.00 am on the first day of travel.

This tour consists of 3 days of hiking, based in the Aosta Area.
We can therefore meet directly there, if it is convenient for you.

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.

The minibus will take travelers back to Turin to the same place of departure around 6.30pm on the last day. If you plan to go home by train from Torino, we advise you to choose departures starting from 7.00 pm.

The meeting point is in front of Torino Porta Nuova Station, in Piazza Carlo Felice Square under the arcades in front of the Decathlon store (click here for the Google Maps coordinates).

If you travel by train or plane, you can take the opportunity to arrive the day before and visit the city, we are at your disposal to add one or more nights to your trip.

If you arrive by car, we can recommend an alternative destination for the night before, and agree on a different meeting point.

For help organising the evening before the start of the trip, o the evening afterwads and for any questions or tips our Paola is happy to help you on the phone or WhatsApp ( +39 370 3506333 ), via email ([email protected]) or directly by chat by clicking here.

  • ABBIGLIAMENTO: Vi consigliamo un abbigliamento a strati, utilizzando indumenti traspiranti, oltre ad un pile e ad una giacca tecnica antivento/antipioggia. E' meglio utilizzare pantaloni non eccessivamente pesanti, in grado di asciugare rapidamente e soprattutto con parti elasticizzate per favorire i movimenti ed essere confortevoli. Riguardo invece le calze e la biancheria intima è consigliabile optare per capi in polipropilene, traspirante e in grado di asciugare in fretta.
  • CALZATURE: Vanno bene sia scarponcini sia scarpe basse a patto che siano da escursionismo. La cosa importante è che siano già state utilizzate alcune volte, così da essere sicuri che possano essere indossate per tutto il giorno senza far male ai piedi. 
  • ZAINO: Per un trekking itinerante vi consigliamo uno zaino di 40-60 litri, che deve essere naturalmente regolato  e testato prima della partenza posizionando al suo interno tutto il necessario e cecando di ridurre il più possibile il peso (11-12 kg al massimo). Bisogna quindi portare con se solo l'essenziale, utilizzando indumenti ed attrezzatura leggeri e funzionali, senza mai dimenticare un buon coprizaino in caso di pioggia. 
  • BASTONCINI DA TREKKING: Ideali sia in salita che in discesa per diminuire lo sforzo dei muscoli delle gambe ed attenuare il carico sulle articolazioni. 
  • DA NON DIMENTICARE: Sono inoltre essenziali un paio di occhiali da sole, della crema solare ed una borraccia per l’acqua di almeno un litro oltre ad un berretto ed una fascia per proteggere la fronte e le orecchie dal vento.

Se vi servissero maggiori informazioni o in caso di dubbi scriveteci pure: la nostra guida escursionistica sarà lieta di darvi tutte le informazioni necessarie!

Per approfondire potete leggere l'articolo di Marco B. sul nostro blog: Quale abbigliamento scegliere per un'escursione a piedi? 4 consigli

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 toiletries.

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).

In our hiking tours you will find solo travelers, couples, or pairs of friends, and in a small group of eight it’s easy to become friends straight away. This tour is perfect for those that traveling alone but don't want to be on their own for the whole trip. You're independent and you can choose if and when to share your free time with the group.

Our travelers are people who know how to travel, in fact they arrive independently to the place of the appointment, mainly from all over Italy (but not only) and who choose to take a trip with us to learn differently about places, people, flavors and traditions. We are proud to say that our travelers are the best part of our trips!

Solo travellers are always welcome in our tours, and if you feel like sharing a double of triple room with other members of the group we will send you an e-mail after your reservation and you will be able to tell us about your preferences (for example, if you are a girl and you would like to share a room with girls only etc). You will not pay any surcharge.

If you prefer, you can book a single room for a fee.

If there are no other solo travellers in your tour or if there is no opportunity to satisfy your preferences, your single room will be offered by us at no extra charge.

Before each trip we always ask our travelers about any allergies, intolerances or special food needs, and we prepare in advance with restaurants and hotels to make everyone's experience the best possible.

We also pay attention to the needs of vegetarians and vegans, ensuring that suitable alternatives are always provided. 

Adatto vegetariani e vegani

Dogs are not allowed on this tour.

We love dogs and on our hiking trips we gladly accept small dogs (one for each trip,) but in the Gran Paradiso National Park they are not allowed

As reported in the park regulation (http://www.pngp.it/en/visit-park/walking-dogs-park) the main reason for this limitation is that our dogs could run into the wildlife that can undergo a lot of stress if directly attacked by the animal.

The second reason for this limitation is that our dogs are carriers of many diseases dangerous for wildlife, some of these are zoonoses, animals' diseases that can infect humans.

These are the reasons, related to the health of many, large and small, inhabitants of the mountain that draw huge benefits not only from protection but also from the implementation and respect of these simple prohibitions.

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.

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.

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
  • 1 lunch at the refuge

Activities

  • 5 days of trails accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide

Book this tour

Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the 2020 season schedule has undergone major changes. For all information about departures you can chat with us now, or call Paola at +39.370.350.63.33

You can see the departures for the 2021 season below:

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

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