5 Days of Trekking in Valle d'Aosta, Tour to discover lakes, villages and mountain forests with a day on the Sky Way Mont Blanc

Experience an extraordinary natural world and beautiful unspoiled places, with a spectacular cable car ride up to 3600 meters on Mont Blanc

€ 899

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 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.

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 The Bonatti hut

An itinerary that runs along one of the most beautiful and panoramic stretches of the entire Val Ferret, crossing numerous streams and secondary valleys up to the Bonatti hut We will then continue downhill on the path to the bottom of the valley, and there the Val Ferret shuttle will take us back to the starting point.

packed lunch

Excursion

Elevation gain uphill: 550 meters

Total distance: 10 kilometers

 

Day 2 - Col de la Seigne

A wonderful hike walking in front of some of the most famous glaciers of Mont Blanc! We will go through the Val Veny, passing near the famous Elisabetta hut, to arrive at the Col de la Seigne, a stop on the Mont Blanc Tour and a border point between Italy and France. 

packed lunch

Excursion

Elevation gain uphill: 850 meters

Total distance: 18 kilometers

 

Day 3 - Mont de la Saxe

An excursion on the watershed of two splendid valleys, the majestic Val Ferret and the small and typical Val Sapin: we will arrive at a splendid grassy ridge called "Mont de la Saxe" from which you can enjoy an exceptional view on the top of Mont Blanc!

packed lunch

Excursion

Elevation gain uphill: 750 meters

Total distance: 15 kilometers

 

Day 3 - 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.

Lunch: at Bellevue restaurant

 

 

Day 5 - Lakes of Bella Comba

A panoramic hike, in a high mountain environment, that will take us from the La Thuille basin to the 2380 meters of altitude of the Bella Comba lakes, with a splendid view of the Mont Blanc massif!

packed lunch

Excursion

Elevation gain uphill: 800 meters

Total distance: 12 kilometers

 

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 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 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 this 5 Days of Trekking in Valle d'Aosta, Tour to discover lakes, villages and mountain forests, of 899 euros per person, includes:

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

  • 4 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, breakfast included. (single room supplement: 140 euros total)
  • An additional welcome breakfast
  • 4 picnic lunches on the trails
  • 1 lunch at restaurant Bellevue
  • 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 4 days of hiking and a day on the Sky Way cableway of Mont Blanc, based in Courmayeur. We can therefore meet directly there, if it is convenient for you. In Courmayeur we can meet at 10 am on the first day.

In Courmayeur, 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.

  • 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

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

On our hiking trips though, we gladly accept small dogs, one for each trip, because outdoor activities and the appropriate choice of dog friendly hotels and restaurants allow us to welcome them without ruining the holiday for those who love them less than we do.

The participation of the dog implies:

  • getting a single room
  • a hotel fee for room cleaning
  • a cleaning fee for the minibus

To make sure you can take your dog with you on this trip, call us or write to us to make sure that there is still the possibility of transporting it on our minibus (you can contact Paola at 370 3506333, via email [email protected], or directly by chat here).

giroola dog trekking

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 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
  • transfers with scheduled buses as per program
  • 1 return ticket Pontal (Courmayeur) - Punta Helbronner on the Sky Way Mont Blanc cable car

Accommodation

  • 4 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms (single room surcharge 140 euros)

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.

For this fantastic Grand Valley tour we plan only one departure in 2018, on July 16th

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)