Located in the northern part of Italy, bordering with France, the alpine Val d’Aosta is the smallest region of Italy yet it embraces the highest peaks of the Alps. It presents a marvellous natural environment, enlightened by the Matterhorn, Gran Paradiso and the king of them all, Mont Blanc. That is why it attracts visitors from all over the world year round.
Join us to live an incredible adventure, hiking through preserved wildlife parts in the Mont Avic and Ruitor range. The region has much more to offer thanks to a strong local tradition that promotes culinary specialties, and warm hospitality.
Group transfers, luggage transportation and lunches are taken care of by the mountain leader team. Bring just the hiking necessary and fully enjoy the hike!
Day 1 : LE VAL CLAVALITÉ
We meet in Chamonix early in the morning, and leave for a 1.5 hour-drive to Val Clavalité. Nestled between the Mont Avic wildlife sanctuary and Val de Cogne, this alpine valley has so much to offer ! We leave from the hamlet of Robbio (1510m). The beginning of our hike follows a wild trail to reach the alpine, and later on an easy section leads to the pastures (2250m). From there, we can admire the beautiful peaks of Valpeline and Les Combins group ! After one more climb, we finally reach a rewarding viewpoint and highest point of the day (2422m). Our descent will follow a different route, through alpine grazing fields of “Grand Bella Lana” (2324m), leading towards the valley bottom and its many traditional-looking stone houses. Then we transfer by minivan to the Chalamy valley, and spend the night in a hotel in the Mont Avic Regional Park.
Up / Down : 915 m / Hiking Time : 6 H 30
Day 2 : MONT BARBESTON
Today’s hike circles around Mont Avic Park. As we leave the hamlet, the trail starts climbing and enters the forest, while our presence is nicely welcomed by a delightful pine scent ! Once we’ve hiked passed the hamlet of Arp, the trail continues onto a shoulder, getting progressively narrow until it forms an easy ridge all the way to the summit of Mount Barbeston (2482m). The view rewards our efforts magnificently ! The descent leads to the “English alpine pastures”, and then to the hamlet of La Veula, where we spend another night at our hotel.
Up / Down : 1260 m / Hiking Time : 6 H 30
Day 3 : REFUGE BARBUSTEL
With our rucksacks packed for 2 days, we leave the hotel and head out towards the Pessy pine forest, until we reach the creek, that springs out of the lake de Leser. The landscape becomes more alpine and we can soon see Barbustel hut (2200m), nestled between mountain lakes and surrounded by glacier-eroded labs, commonly called whales backs ! After we’ve dropped our packs off at the hut, we can hike a little more above the hut or go for a dip in the lake to enjoy this beautiful alpine environment. We spend the night at the hut. No access to our luggage.
Up : 1000 m / Hiking Time : 3 H 30
Day 4 : LA POINTE DE MEDZOVE
After a rewarding sleep at the hut, we chose to leave early so to enjoy a long day around mountain lakes. The terrain gets rockier as we approach the summit of Medzove peak (2845m), the highest point of our day. Mount Iverta (2933m) is nor far … We enjoy a wonderful view over the remote and preserved Clavalité valley. Then we start our descent and hike under Mont Avic, following the old minors trail until the valley bottom. A 1h30 ride with our minivan takes us to the village of La Salle in Val d’Aosta. We spend the night at the hotel.
Up : 815 m / Down : 1545 m / Hiking Time : 7 H 00
Day 5 : POINTE DE LA CROIX - LAC D'ARPY
We transfer to San Carlo mountain pass (1971m). We hike through the beautiful larch pine forest and easily reach Col de La Croix. A few minutes later we reach the old military barracks on the ridge leading to the summit of Tête de la Croix. From this strategic military lookout point, the view over the sunny sides of the Mont-Blanc range is magic ! We can also see Col du Petit St Bernard, a historical passageway between the Italian Aosta valley and the Savoyan region of Tarentaise. On the way back we will enjoy a nice foot dip in the superb Arpy Lake. It takes only 10 min to transfer to the village of La Thuile, where we stay for the night.
Up / Down : 500 m / Hiking Time : 4 H 00
Day 6 : LES EAUX DU RUITOR
Our hiking day starts from the hamlet of La Joux. Along the creek, the trail follows a series of spectacular waterfalls. We continue on with a final uphill section. The imposing Ruitor Glacier and Peak appear just in front of us ! On the way back down, we make a halt at the Deffeyes hut, then we follow down the trail to an alpine lake and later the switch backs all the way back to La Joux. We transfer back to Chamonix where we arrive one hour later.
Up / Down : 1000 m / Hiking Time : 6 H 30
For safety reasons, the guide may modify the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.
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2018 DATES : Sunday to Friday. July 01st to 06th - September 02nd to 07th.
2018 PRICE : 810€ per person (5 people minimum)
Guiding service and organization
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half-board in mountain hut (dormitory), and hotel (double room)
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
Transportation throughout the trek
Transfer from Chamonix and back
- ID or valid passport.
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation.
WHY CHOOSE COMPAGNIE DES GUIDES :
- An all-inclusive product
- Only 5 to 8 people per group and mountain leader
- Carefully selected accommodation
- We prepare lunch packs with local products
- A minibus “Cie” dedicated to our group all along the trek
LEVEL : 3/5 - Mountains & Promises in Val d'Aosta hiking trip is a moderate trek. A minimum of 700m (2350ft) vertical gain and about 5 to 7 hours of hiking daily. Hiking on generally well-maintained mountain trails, sometimes including easy out-of-trail sections. For active people who don’t mind training to prepare for the hike. A great multiday hike for people with trekking experience.
ACCOMMODATION : 4 nights in a hotel (in double share room), 1 night in a mountain hut (small dormitory).
GUIDING : Each mountain leader guides groups of 8 people maximum. For maximum safety and quality guiding, a second mountain leader joins the group at 9 people.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18 without a legal guardian.
MEETING PLACE : At 7.00 am in front of the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix.You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm.
EQUIPMENT : See attached list.
INSURANCE : Our mountain leaders are self-employed professionals, and therefore covered under a liability insurance via the French Mountain Leaders Association (SNAM). As a tour operator, the Compagnie des Guides is also covered under a tour operator liability insurance contract (MMA IARD).
Repatriation and cancellation insurance are available from our office. Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance.
TRAINING : Good physical condition will allow you to make the most of your holiday. A month before the hike at least, we suggest you walk upstairs, rather than use the elevator. During the weekends you can run, walk or ride your bike to train for the hike. Doing a medical check-up before signing for the trip is recommended. Your guide should be informed of any medical treatment.
CLIMATE : Alpine weather can change suddenly, involving wide temperature variations. Temperatures also drop with altitude, and snow falls in summer are not rare. A high pressure moving in can also bring in cool air. You should anyhow bring warm clothes and be prepared for cold or very hot weather, while minimizing additional weight gain.
Please, feel free to contact Anaïs at the Compagnie des Guides for any further information.
You are a private group, you can ask for a customized trip, and have your own guide !
- Exclusive guide
A more individualized relationship between your group and the professional.
- Choose your date of departure
You can choose your date of departure within the limit of the hut availabilities.
- Flexibility all along the trip
Depending on weather conditions, your level and your expectations, the guide can suggest you some different options of itinerary.
For any further information, please contact Anaïs:
Tel : +33 4 50 53 00 88 or Email : firstname.lastname@example.org