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  • self guided walk
  • 7 nights in alpine hotels, huts & B&Bs
  • 7 Dinners
  • 7 Breakfasts



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Trip Code: MRA

Trip highlights

  • Exploring the natural heritage, wild open spaces and beautiful forests of this quieter alpine region
  • Discovering small mountain villages with their Walser heritage, dialect and architecture
  • Enjoying beautiful hikes around 2000m elevation
  • Staying in comfortable family-run accommodation

The Upper Lys Valley, also known as the Gressoney Valley, is a small pocket of Aosta which has for centuries been home to the Walser Germanic people. Their enduring traditions can still be found in the typical wood and stone houses. the cuisine and the unique dialect. Dominating the valley is western Europe's 2nd highest peak, Monte Rosa (4634m). This impressive valley is home to wild open spaces, beautiful forests and the snowy peaks of Monte Rosa. There are numerous traditional villages to explore, with their social wood ovens and cheese making heritage. Staying in comfortable family-run accommodation at night and hiking at elevations of around 2000m during the day, makes this a perfect alpine walking holiday.

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Make your own way to Pont-Saint-Martin in the Aosta Valley, where you will transfer to your accommodation, Agristurismo Le Soleil.

Meals:  D

After breakfast you get ready for your first mountain walk of the trip, leading to the Mars mountain that separates Piedmont (east) from the Aosta Valley (west). Remember to pack a change of “comfy” clothes and your belongings, as luggage transport is not possible today and you will find your 'main luggage' waiting for you tomorrow. The route initially ascends through the forest and fields, then you will soon find yourself immersed in the wilderness of mountain lakes and peaks. Try to spot the mountain hut in the granite valley! If you want to walk in the afternoon there are numerous options, just ask the 'Rifugista'. ** Note that luggage transfer is not available today so you will need to carry your daily requirements in your rucksack. Walking: 8.5km/5.3mi, ascent +930m/3050ft, descent -290m/951ft

Meals:  B,D

If sunset is magic, sunrise is even more colourful here… if you are up this early it means you want to walk the long and wild option through the mountains towards Colle della Vecchia - it’s an adventurous and long hike, so be prepared to spend all day climbing up and down the valleys. If you want to take it easy but still have a nice walk you can opt to traverse and descend to Issime, passing by the numerous little hamlets with typical mountain architecture. Overnight in La Gruba/Gaby. Walking: 15km/9.3mi, ascent +1100m/3608ft, descent -1400m/4592ft or easier option 14km/8.7mi, ascent +200m/656ft, descent -1200m/3936ft

Meals:  B,D

Today the Vallone del Loo is waiting for you: a gradual and long valley with typical stone houses used to keep animals but also to host walkers who venture to this beautiful place. It's peaceful and quiet for your descent into the Gressoney valley and then climb onto the other side (or option to shorten, a transfer is available) to the next accommodation, with views of the giant Monte Rosa (rosa=pink, for the colour of its granite stone). Overnight at Cialvrina. Walking: 17.6km/11mi or 13km/8mi, ascent +1100 or 890m (3608 or 2929ft), descent -1100 or 1000m (3608 or 3280ft)

Meals:  B,D

Also called the Monte Rosa stage, as the mountain will be guiding your way, you pass through many “alpeggi”, where cows and sheep spend the summer and meet the shepherd. Iconic of this area is the Walser culture: a German nomadic population that has lived here since the medieval times thanks to their ability to farm at altitude. Here the architecture and even the dialect is a mirror of their culture, and one of the best examples is the Alpenzu Hut, where you stay tonight. Ask your host to visit the restored social wood oven. ** Note that today luggage transfer is not available for tonight and tomorrow so you will need to carry your daily requirements in your rucksack. The huts provide towels and bed sheets/sleeping sheet. Walking: 8.5km/5.3mi, ascent +930m/3050ft, descent -290m/951ft

Meals:  B,D

Today you will walk to Anderbatt then take the cable car Stafal-Gabiet. From here it's a 1.5 hours walk to Orestes hut, located at 2600m. Note that they only cook tasty vegetarian and vegan food here. ** As previously noted, luggage transfer is not available today. Walking: 12km/7.5mi, ascent +650m/2132ft, descent -400m/1312ft

Meals:  B,D

Today’s walk takes you to the foot of the Pink Giant, Monte Rosa. Here the alpinists start their ascension to the famous Capanna Margherita, named after the queen (and the pizza), at 4500m, or the famous Lyskamm traverse. You will walk up to Colle Salza at 2800m then descend back to Staffal/Anderbatt in the Lys valley, with stunning views of the glacier. For experienced and fit walkers only there is the option to hike to the “Alta Luce” panoramic point, located at nearly 3200m. Walking: 13km/8mi, ascent +600m/1968ft, descent +600m/1968ft

Meals:  B,D

The trip concludes after breakfast in Anderbatt. Additional nights can be booked on request.

Meals:  B


  • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • 7 nights in alpine hotels, huts & B&Bs on a twin share basis
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per room booked
  • Luggage transfers on day 2 agristurismo to La Gruba, day 4 La Gruba to Cialvrina and day 5 Cialvrina to Anderbatt
  • Transfer Pont-Saint-Martin train station to the agristurismo on day 1
  • Emergency hotline
  • Sheet/sleeping sheet and towel in the huts

  • Travel to Pont-Saint-Martin and from Anderbatt
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Guide - this is a self guided trip
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Luggage transfers when staying overnight at the huts - you must carry your daily needs in your rucksack
  • Cable car fare (allow EUR7)



MODERATE – GRADE 3 The trip is graded moderate with daily walks of 5 to 7 hours. The longer option on day 3, up to 8-10 hours of walking, is a challenging walk. Bear in mind the altitude is always around 2000m and the terrain is sometimes rocky and slippery. Conditions can change rapidly in this mountain environment - you should always check with your host before setting out each day. Luggage transfers are not possible to the huts on days 2, 5 and 6 - you will need to carry your overnight requirements in your rucksack.

Departure dates

Daily from 15 Jun to 10 Sep


2 bedroom apartment is configured with one twin bedded room and one double bed room. The trip notes describe 5 walks. An additional 2 walks are provided in our route book including a hike to Portofino..
high seasson is from 1 Jul to 31 Aug - supplement applies

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