Day trips or multi-day treks, international routes, bivouacs and refuges, lakes and hills among the highest peaks in Europe. If you are a mountain and walking lover this is the perfect place for a vacation.
The lower Aosta Valley has the good fortune of being among some of the most important mountain groups in the Alps, but not only … less known parks and natural reserves await you.
When to visit the Valley? The answer is all year round. Walking on the paths in summer, in winter with snowshoes or admiring the spectacle of foliage in autumn, there is no specific ideal period. The choice is up to you!
The lesser known areas
Hone is located at the entrance to the Champorcher Valley. It is certainly one of the less frequented valleys in the summer but not less fascinating than others.
Few people know that between the Champorcher Valley and the Champdepraz Valley there is the Monte Avic Park Nature Reserve. With its 5747 hectares it is the second park born after the most famous Gran Paradiso Park.
There are several paths in the park: the most popular is the one that starts from the Champorcher valley and through the Colle Lago Bianco descends into the Champdepraz valley, with the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa in the background, touches the White Lake, flanked by the Barbustel Refuge (2200 meters), and Lac Cornu to then reach the Gran Lago, the largest natural lake in the Aosta Valley.
Instead, going through the Champorcher Valley you can reach Lake Misérin at 2576 meters above sea level and, along the ancient hunting route of the Savoy, the Champorcher Window, a pass located at 2826 meters above sea level, which allows access to the Val di Cogne.
No less interesting are the itineraries in the middle valley. The Cammino Balteo of Aosta Valley was born recently, making a stop right in our country and which together with the high route n ° 1 and n ° 2 offers the opportunity to complete the tour of the valley at lower altitudes. For those who want more information, please visit this page.
The Great Mountains
From our small town of Hone it is also possible to visit Monte Rosa very easily. The Gressoney Valley and the Ayas Valley are exactly the same distance. The group of mountains is certainly famous for mountaineers thanks to its countless peaks that exceed 4000m, but there are endless possibilities for hikers.
Lakes, hills and many peaks that reach 3000mt where you only need to want to walk. There are historical places, such as the Walser countries and short itineraries for families with small children and a still little known but very fascinating nature reserve: The Monte Mars Nature Reserve.
We should not forget the lesser known itineraries that, between small villages and bridges set among the rocks, cross these valleys telling the history, culture and tradition of the Aosta Valley.
Who doesn’t know the Matterhorn? An infinite number of mountaineers have made this mountain famous with their exploits but few know the Valtournenche in terms of trekking.
Here too, lakes and lateral valleys are accessible to all hiking enthusiasts looking for an unusual view of the Gran Becca. The easy path that reaches Chamoix from the village of Magdeleine is one of these examples.
As said many of the itineraries in these areas can be tackled all year round with or without snow, and magic is right here … Discover the same places as the seasons change.
For more information on trekking in the area, do not hesitate to contact me, I will be happy to give you some information or recommend a Naturalistic Guide or an Alpine Guide who will accompany you along the paths.