The Great Cervino route, 5 days of itinerant hiking along the whole Valtournenche, with luggage transport service

A real journey to discover alpine villages, high mountain pastures and pleasant paths with views of the Matterhorn, without the strain of heavy backpacks

Who has never dreamt of a real trip to the mountains, stopping every evening in a different place, enjoying the magic of the landscapes and the atmosphere of the mountains? What if we did all of this without having to carry heavy luggage?

We invite you to this unique journey: the Gran route of Cervino (Matterhorn), from Col de Joux to Antey Saint Andrè, passing through the Magdeleine, Chamoix, Cervinia, Valtournenche. Every evening we will find the luggage waiting for us at the hotel or B&B, and we will walk with only a small backpack for daily excursions.

The Matterhorn is one of the most famous and elegant mountains of the Alps, with a unique charm. Lakes, villages, valleys and woods will accompany us along this incredible journey.

The price is all inclusive (transportation, overnight stay, full board, accompanying a hiking guide).

Maximum 8 travelers, to walk as in a group of friends. We are waiting for you!

 

Hiking matterhorn map

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 La Magdeleine

We will start the trek starting from the col de Joux , we will cross mountain pastures, woods of larches and Scots pine until we will reach the village of Promiod, and then meet one of the seven water mills in the area that signal the arrival at La Magdeleine. 

Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/bed and breakfast in La Magdeleine.

Elevation gain: 600m

Start of the tour:  Col de Joux

Arrival:  La Magdeleine

 

Day 2 Chamois

Starting from La Magdeleine we will deviate from the official trekking route to visit the protohistoric settlement called Le Reparé du Tantané, located just below the peak of Mount Tantanè. We will then proceed to the Champlong lakes and then arrive to the charming village of Chamois, reachable only by dirt tracks or by cable car. 

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

Elevation gain: 650m

Start of the tour:  La Magdeleine

Arrival:  Chamois

 

Day 3 Cervinia

Leaving Chamois behind us, we will climb towards the Col di Cheneil and then begin a pleasant descent that will take us to the quiet village of the same name. We will then continue through numerous mountain pastures until we will reach the characteristic Lake Bleu, where you can take a well-deserved break. From here in a short time we will reach Cervinia.

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

Elevation gain: 500m

Start of the tour:  Chamois 

Arrival:  Cervinia

Luggage transfer: Chamois > Cervinia

 

Day 4 Valtournenche

Starting from Cervinia we will reach the village of Perréres and then climb towards the picturesque and scenic basin of Lake Cignana, here we will stop to enjoy the magnificent mountain environment and eat a good serving of polenta at the Barmasse refuge. We will then continue downhill on the path to get to Valtournenche.

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

Elevation gain: 550m

Start of the tour:  Cervinia

Arrival:  Valtournenche

 

Day 5 Chatillon

In the last stage of our journey we will climb to Alpe Cortina and, after a pleasant stop at the lake with the same name, we will head to the village of Gillierarey, where there is a characteristic church with a magnificent panorama on the opposite side of the valley. From this point onwards a pleasant and long descent will take us to Antey Saint Andrè, the last stop of our trek, before hopping back into the Minibus and returning to Ivrea or Turin.

Elevation gain: 650m

Start of the tour:  Valtournenche

Arrival:  Antey Saint Andrè

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 The Great Cervino - Matterhorn route, 5 days of itinerant hiking along the whole Valtournenche, with luggage transport service includes:

  • 5 days of trails accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide
  • transfer from Ivrea or Turin to the departure point of the hike, the Col de Joux, and return from the end point, Antey St.Andrè, on our Minibus
  • luggage transport service to the hotel / B&B every evening
  • 4 nights in a hotel / Bed and Breakfast, in a double room with breakfast (Single room supplement: 100 Euro total)
  • An additional welcome breakfast
  • 5 lunches (4 packed lunches, 1 at a mountain refuge)
  • 4 dinners

This is an itinerant tour, consisting of 5 days of walking tours departing from the Col de Joux, completing an itinerary that will take us along the whole Valtournenche up to Antey Saint Andrè. 

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 (TO)

- 9:15 am arrival at Col de Joux and stop for breakfast

- 9:45 am departure of the excursion from Col de Joux

 

The tour will end on the fifth day, at about 16:00, at the arrival of the excursion to Antey Saint Andrè. We will then take the minibus towards 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.

Since the luggage will be transported every evening to the hotel by the transport service, you can also use a normal trolley suitcase, in addition to a small backpack for daily excursions.

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

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.

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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.

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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 picnic lunches on the trails
  • 1 lunch at the refuge
  • 4 dinners

Transport

  • transfer from Turin or Ivrea to Col de Joux and return from Antey Saint Andrè to Ivrea or Turin on our Minibus
  • luggage transport every day to the hotel / B & B

Accommodation

  • 4 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (Single room supplement: 100 Euro total)

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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