A weekend of hiking at the Zegna Oasis: Valsessera, the timeless valley

A valley rich in history, hard work and life, in a journey walking among roads and paths, light and shadows, water and biodiversity

Setting off from Bocchetto Sessera we will leave for a weekend in total immersion into the natural environment of the Zegna Oasis. 

We will start on Friday, at 6pm, when the sun will be weaker on hour heads, to descend with our backpacks to the Piana del Ponte refuge, which will be our base for this fantastic weekend. We will relax at dinner together, we will get to know each other and we will soak in the mountain atmosphere.

Saturday morning: up from bed, breakfast and departure for a ring path at the bottom of the valley (18km with an altitude difference of 760mt), going through the famous “Bosco del Sorriso” (“Smile woods”) where the trees tell their story and the senses are enveloped by smells and sounds of this magical stretch of firs, beeches and birches.

We will be back at the refuge on the late afternoon, we will have a relaxed snack and we will wait for the fabulous dinner that Alessandra will prepare for us.

In the evening, the suggestive light of many lit candles, we will listen to the stories of this timeless valley.

On Sunday morning we will wake up and after breakfast we will set of for the Beech woods: an area covered with hundred years old red and green beeches that will transmit their energy to us.

In the afternoon, after a lunch together and having said goodbye to the refuge, we will again set off with our backpacks to go back to Boschetto Sessera, where our minibus will be waiting for us to take us back to the city, happy and with our senses still full of this wonderful mountain experience.

Total kms: 36

Difficulty level: Intermediate 

Zegna

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.

 

il macchie
Macchie

Keen sportsman since childhood, skilled Caribbean dances dancer, electrician in a former life, Marco “il Macchie” is a Nordic Walking Instructor, hiking guide and Environmental Excursion Guide. Deeply in love with the mountains, and committed to show the beauty of this world to the people around him, he will conquer you with his simplicity, and a touch of madness.

Never without: his “Talismacchie”

Personal motto: Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be: live!

This tour consists of 3 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).

In detail:

- On Friday, with our backpacks we will get to the Piana del Ponte refuge. It will be approximately 6 km, with a negative altitude difference of 360 mt.

- On Saturday, leaving our luggage at the refuge, we will walk for 18km, positive altitude gain 760 mt.

- On Sunday we will hike for approximately 12 km, partly with our backpacks to come back to the starting point (350 mt altitude gain)

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.

The price of this beautiful weekend in contact with nature, 299 euros per person, includes:

- 2 nights with breakfast at the Piana del Ponte refuge (bed linen included)

- 2 lunches

- 2 dinners

- afternoon snack on Saturday

- accompaniment of an Environmental excursion Guide for the whole length of the journey, from Friday to Sunday

- transport by Minibus from Turin on Friday afternoon (stops along the way: Rondissone, Biella) and return on Sunday evening

and all the magic and surprises that this weekend will give you!

Included in the tour

The Piana del Ponte refuge, surrounded by Alta Val Sessera’s nature will be our home for this weekend. 

We will be pampered by the owner Alessandra with fabulous dinners, and we will experience to the fullest the atmosphere of this untouched and collected corner of the world.

Bed linen is included in the room rate.

Refuge

Our weekend starts on Friday afternoon at 6 pm in Bocchetto Sessera, at the Zegna Oasis. From there, with our backpacks, we will descend to the Piana del Ponte refuge that will be our base.

If you want, we can meet there directly, or you can join us on our minibus on the way there.

These are the stops we plan to make:

- Torino Porta Nuova railway station: 3:30 PM

- Rondissone (To): 4:30 PM

- Biella: 5:15 PM

Return to Bocchetto Sessera on Sunday is scheduled for 4:30 PM From there you can again count on our minibus to take you home, following the same steps backwards.

Bocchetto
  • 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. About socks and underwear is advisable to opt for garments in polypropylene, that are breathable and able to dry quickly. We recommend to bring rain gear.
  • FOOTWEAR: Boots or low shoes are both fine, provided they are fit for hiking. We recommend to bring shoes that have been broken-in already, to ensure good comfort when worn all day. 
  • BACKPACK: You will need to carry your luggage from the parking area to the refuge. We recommend a 40 to 60 liters capacity backpack, that you should test and fill before departure, trying to keep the weight down (we recommend a maximum weight of 11-12 kg max). You should therefore bring only the essentials, using lightweight and functional clothing and equipment, without forgetting a good rain cover in case of rain. 
  • HIKING 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.

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).

 

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