La Valle d'Aosta è la regione d'Italia che ospita le montagne più alte del nostro paese, ma tra i tanti ghiacciai si nascondono icredibili trekking e passeggiate con viste mozzafiato. Vieni con me a scoprire questi percorsi, camminando tra le montagne selvagge di questa regione.
Un trekking di 11/12 giorni attraverso il Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso fino ai piedi del Monte Bianco. Questo percorso può essere fatto da nord a sud o da sud a nord, e può essere accorciato a seconda delle necessità. Qui di seguito trovate una descrizione dell'itinerario (da sud a nord).
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The southern side of Mont Blanc tends to be way less visited compared to its northern counterpart, but not in the least less beautiful and impressive. This Alta Via explores Valle d’Aosta, the Italian region just south of the border with France and Mont Blanc. The trek goes through the oldest national park in Italy, Gran Paradiso, and the Mont Avic Natural Park, areas of outstanding natural beauty and so rich in wildlife. There will be lakes, streams, unspoilt peaks and no ski resorts. We will roughly follow the established route, with the possibility of going off track and climbing some of the nearby peaks, walking over 3000m passes and close to some of the greatest glaciers in the Alps. We’ll sleep in huts most nights, a great opportunity to meet the locals and hear some stories about the area, with only a couple of nights in campsites or B&Bs in the valley.
Chardonney (1454m) - Rifugio Miserin (2582m)
Our trek starts from the village of Chardonney, at the end of the Champorcher valley. A relatively gentle start to the trek, it climbs steadily on good paths and old hunting tracks. It crosses alpine pastures dotted with old farm cabins and hunting lodges (one of them near Rifugio Dondena), to finish on the shores of Lago Miserin, where there’s a lovely hut and a church dedicated to Madonna delle Nevi.
Rifugio Miserin (2582m) - Finestra di Champorcher(2828m) - Lillaz (1617m)
The short uphill section from Rifugio Miserin leads to the first col of the trek, which offers great views on the peaks around, including Grivola and Gran Paradiso. From here it’s a long way to the valley floor, but the path goes through beautiful pastures and arolla pine forests, and there’s even a chance to stop for coffee at Rifugio Sogno di Berzè. The village of Lillaz offers a choice of hotel or campsite accommodation, bars and a shop.
Lillaz (1617m) - Cogne (1534m) - Rifugio Vittorio Sella (2584m)
From here the trek enters the Gran Paradiso National Park, the oldest national park in Italy. The first part of the day follows the road to Cogne first and then to the beautiful village of Valnontey. The second part climbs gently through larch trees and above the forest to Rifugio Vittorio Sella, one of the King of Italy’s favourite hunting lodges at the end of the XIX century.
Rifugio Vittorio Sella (2584m) - Col Lauson (3299m) - Eaux Rousses (1666m)
Today the trek reaches its highest point at Col Lauson, from here there’s beautiful views on Gran Paradiso and Monte Rosa in the distance. The descent is long but stunning, with lots of wildlife around from sneaky marmots to chamois and ibex. The longest and most tiring day so far, but in one of the most beautiful environments of the whole route.
Eaux Rousses (1666m) - Col Entrelor (3007m) - Rifugio Marmotte (2143m)
The ascent to Col Entrelor is long but enjoyable, offering many break opportunities by the Cristal clear waters of Lac Djouan and Lac Noir. Col Entrelor is the second highest point fo the route, and the descent on the other side represents the only technical bit of the trek. Rifugio Marmotte is in a great location and is run by friendly volunteers, definitely worth stopping here for the night instead of walking all the way down to the valley.
Rifugio Marmotte (2143m) - Rhêmes-Notre-Dame (1723m) - Col Fenêtre (2840m) - Rifugio Chalet de l’Epée (2370m)
In an hour the path will take you down to the beautiful village of Rhêmes-Notre-Dame, where you’ll be able to restock on chocolate, have a coffee and prepare for the steep climb ahead. The path to Col fenêtre is not hard but incredibly steep, so it’ll take some time. On the other side, however, it becomes very gentle and somewhat bucolic, following a stream all the way down to Chalet de l’Epée. This hut is in a beautiful position, with views on Valgrisenche and Testa del Rutor, plus it’s renowned for its amazing food.
Rifugio Chalet de l’Epée (2370m) - Valgrisenche (1664) - Planaval (1554m)
Today it’s all downhill, and a nice break from mountain passes as the path follows the whole length of Valgrisenche, crossing small hamlets and valley pastures. The village of Valgrishenche offers a great opportunity for a break and a coffee, then the path meanders on the side of the main road to get to the farmers’ village of Planaval.
Planaval (1554m) - Col de Crosatie (2838m) - Promoud (2022m) - Haut Pass (2860m) - Rifugio Deffeyes (2500m)
This stage could be divided into two but there’s very limited accommodation options at the halfway point. Done as a whole it’s a very demanding and long day, but definitely doable. The path goes past Lac du Fond, a very beautiful alpine lake with great views on Château Blanc and a perfect break spot. It then climbs up to Col de Crosatie where, for the first time, you’ll be able to admire the whole of the Mont Blanc range in all its beauty, as well as Grand Combin, the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa, so you want a good day for this! Now the route goes all the way down to 2022m to then climb up again to Haut Pass, with more great views all around. A short descent away is Rifugio Deffeyes, the perfect place for some well deserved rest.
Rifugio Deffeyes (2500m) - La Thuile (1447m)
After yesterday’s long stage, today is just a short stroll down the hill to the renowned ski town of La Thuile. An opportunity to relax and recharge the batteries in preparation for the last two days of the trek.
La Thuile (1447m) - Col de Chavannes (2603m) - Rifugio Elisabetta Soldini (2197m)
A long but gentle ascent leads you out of La Thuile to Col the Chavannes, where the beauty of the Mont Blanc massif will take your breath away. I suggest to take some time here to admire the view on Mont Blanc’s many glaciers and peaks before making your way down to Rifugio Soldini. This is one of the huts on the more famous Tour du Mont Blanc route, so you will likely have a chance to chat to other trekkers over dinner and enjoy the last night in the mountains.
Rifugio Elisabetta Soldini (2197m) - Courmayeur (1223m)
The long descent to Courmayeur starts along the Val Veny and then continues along the ski slopes above Dolonne. It’s not the prettiest, as the landscape here has been destroyed to make space for the lifts, but once in Courmayeur you’ll be able to enjoy a celebratory pint or ice cream and soak up the alpine atmosphere all around.