Deep in the Aosta Valley on the border with France, is Italy's first national park, so declared by King Victor Emmanuel III in 1922 in the tradition of his grandfather who had named it a Royal Game Reserve in 1856 to protect the Ibex and chamois populations. There is plenty of time in the day to look for wild ibex, marmot and chamois, whilst the exceptional scenery will have all members of the family inspired. Rugged valleys carpeted in wildflowers, rocky snow covered passes and glacial lakes are typical of this alpine paradise. At night the hosts of the rifugio (mountain refuges) welcome you with good quality mountain cuisine and a dining room brimming with atmosphere. Our trusty donkeys will carry our luggage, leaving us free to explore with just a daypack. Alpine picnics with awesome views offer a chance to take in the wonderful vistas, allowing children to explore the surrounding area and just drink in the outdoors well away from gaming consoles.
DAY 1 Join Cogne in the Aosta Valley, walk to Rifugio Victorio Sella (3.5-4 hours) DAY 2 Circuit walk to view marmots (3-4hrs) DAY 3 Rest day in Cogne DAY 4 Walk to Valsavarenche (5hrs) DAY 5 View chamois enroute to refugio Chabot ( 5hrs) DAY 6 Circuit walk to view glaciers (3hrs) DAY 7 Continue to Valsavarenche (4-5hrs), trip concludes
Pre tour night recommended in Aosta or Cogne. Suitable for active children from age
*6 breakfasts, 7 picnic lunches, 6 dinners *6 nights in mountain refuges/gîte-hostels in dormitories *luggage transfer by donkeys (max 7kgs - early and late season departures use luggage van for transfer) *International Mountain Leader