Paths and excursions

Summer path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
50’ uphill
Trail sign: 
558-560
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Orco Valley

A world apart. After having gone up, by car, along the long and wild Valley of Piantonetto, you arrive at the imposing artificial barrier of Pian Teleccio. Running along the left orographical side of the Lake until almost the end, you reach the entrance of the trail to the Pontese mountain hut. Then you continue on the path that it's not particularly difficult and gives the opportunity to have a really panoramic view on the whole valley.

Path type: 
Summer paths
accessible with dogs from 15/07 to 15/09
Winter path
Walking time: 
Salita: 2 - 2.30 h
Season: 
Winter
Valley: 
Valsavarenche

The ancient Savoy hunting house was one of the favorite places of Vittorio Emanuele for its hunts; nowadays it became the rangers wooden shelter and support structure for research activities in the Park.

Path type: 
Winter paths
Summer path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
2h 45’ in total
Trail sign: 
13 initially, 12 afterwards
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Cogne valley

Departing from Lillaz village, after having crossed a piece of the typical alpine forest, it's possible to admire the wonderful waterfall originated by the Urtier Torrent. After taking the valley, you pass a bridge entering into a forest of conifers to get among high altitude alpine pastures near the Alpe Bardoney: here in early summer you can see the great variety of alpine flora and easily sight the curious marmots.

Path type: 
Summer paths
Summer path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
2 ore
Trail sign: 
521
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Orco Valley

Next to Villa Poma, on the right orographic side of the lake in Ceresole Reale, a wide path starts, after around ten minutes it splits into two lines, running from one side towards the Passo della Crocetta, from the other towards Dres lake and the Leonesi alpine huts. Passed the main stream, the route is within one of the most interesting coniferous forests of the Park, both for the richness of wood represented (larch, spruce, white fir, pine), both for the grandeur of some specimens. The route continues in a picturesque expanse of pastures in front of Eastern Levanna and finally it arrives

Path type: 
Summer paths
Winter path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
2 h
Season: 
Winter
Valley: 
Valsavarenche

In front of the Genzianella hotel starts a simple path on the left orographic side, almost all downhill, allowing to capture how the water strenght prevails on the hardest rock: in millennia the river has incised spectacular gorges alternating with flatter strokes ...

Path type: 
Winter paths
Summer path
Difficulty: 
EE - Trekking
Walking time: 
8 h (2h 30’ until the hut). For those who want to make the excursion shorter, once the Vittorio Sella or the Lauson lakes have been reached, it's possible to go back to Valnontey walking the uphill way back.
Trail sign: 
18 (fino al rifugio), poi 18b
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Cogne valley

The itinerary starts from the Valnontey village, next to the Paradisia Alpine Garden, where almost all the natural environments of our mountains have been reproduced, so as a butterflies garden, which view is suggested, before walking through the itinerary. The trail winds for the first part into the forest to then continue in the high altitude meadows; the area is one of the most frequented by the animal symbol of the Park, the ibex, other than chamois and marmots.

Path type: 
Summer paths
accessible with dogs from 15/07 to 15/09
Summer path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
2h 30’ (1h35’ all’Alpe Roc)
Trail sign: 
565 (GTA)
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Orco Valley

The excursion starts from one of the most famous locations on the whole Canavese, the Prascondù sanctuary from the seventeenth century, where every year on the 27th of August the Patron Saint is celebrated. The course is coincident with a section of the GTA and, during the climb near the Alpe del Roc, a cave, created in a group of limestone called "Faia" (figure present in many legends of the Valley), can be observed.

Path type: 
Summer paths
Winter path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
1h 30’
Season: 
Winter
Valley: 
Rhêmes Valley

 

Path type: 
Winter paths
Summer path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
3 ore
Trail sign: 
5
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Cogne valley

Sylvenoire is a village whose intersection lies just beyond Vieyes on the road to Cogne. The route begins along a dirt road to the Plan Pessey alpin pasture, passing the stream and running into the mule track that climbs directly from Vieyes. Continue the climb up to a crossroads, where you choose the fork to the right, crossing a dense forest with notable specimens of spruce, then you get close to the hut of Chantel.

Path type: 
Summer paths
Summer path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
2 hours
Trail sign: 
531
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Orco Valley

In the Chiapili di Sotto hamlet, at the only winter ski lifts resort, a spacious deck allows overcoming the river Orco. The trail begins along the winter ski slope and continues the ascent into the forest; here is the larch the dominant tree, while not missing is the spruce and the stone pine. Among the trees it's possible to observe some chamois.

Path type: 
Summer paths
Winter path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
2 h
Season: 
Winter
Valley: 
Rhêmes Valley

Geography manuals could use the Valley of Entrelor as clear example of glacial threshold or step, as evidence of the geological history of the valley, carved out by quaternary glaciers. In front of the City Hall of Rhemes Notre Dame take a road that enters the village and reaches the bridge over the Dora di Rhemes. Passed the statue dedicated to the bearded vulture, in front of the Park rangers headquarter, take the path.

Path type: 
Winter paths
Summer path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
3 h
Trail sign: 
15-15a
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Cogne valley

Departing from the Village Lillaz you enter, first with a dirt road then with the mule-track, in the great Valley of Valeille; up to the homonym mountain pastures in the heart of the Valley, the scenery is spectacular on the glacial head of the Valley although wounds to the environment, resulting from the great floods of the 90s, are still visible. The initial forest of larch and fir trees, and deciduous trees along the creek, are perfect prelude to the final climb that will take us in front of the hut in the Arolla valley.

Path type: 
Summer paths
Summer path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
2h uphill
Trail sign: 
550
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Orco Valley

Between soil and water. Some hairpin before the colle del Nivolet road, near the Losere ponds starts the ancient mule track built by the Savoy for the royal hunts. The Bastalon indeed, today used by the Gran Paradiso National Park ranger, was a wooden shelter of the real rangers.

Path type: 
Summer paths
Summer path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
2h
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Orco Valley

Wonderful high altitude path next to the highest edges of the valley bordering with the Vanoise french Park. The almost flat path runs along the glacial basin of the Serrù lake. It represents an incredible opportunity to observe the alpine environment in its entirety; ibex, chamois and typical Alpine fauna typical of high altitudes frequent the Lake, the prairie houses curious families of marmots, while eagle and bearded vulture often fly over with an eye to the nearby valleys, extraordinarily shaped by the erosive action of the numerous glaciers.

Path type: 
Summer paths
Summer path
Difficulty: 
T - touristic
Walking time: 
1h 30’
Trail sign: 
22
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Cogne valley

From Valnontey hamlet follow a dirt track that, climbing up the Valley, leads to the Valmianaz village, perhaps the best example in Cogne Valley of local architecture, both as individual buildings, and as components of a conglomeration. Along the way is definitely worth stopping by the well known Prà Suppiaz peat-bog, very delicate damp environment, so we suggest to approach with caution to be able to observe the typical aquatic vegetation and fauna (grass snake, common frog, etc).

Path type: 
Summer paths
accessible with dogs from 15/07 to 15/09
Summer path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
3h 30’
Trail sign: 
628 (white and red, yellow and red notches)
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Soana Valley

The departure is from Piamprato Soana (the village at the end of the Valley that extends from Valprato Soana), located in a pleasant grassy basin and surrounded by pine forests. Take the dirt track that leaves the village and, after crossing the stream, climb the Vandilliana Alp, pasture still used by shepherds, 1881 m above sea level.

Path type: 
Summer paths
Summer path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
3h 30’ (circuit total time from the bends over Noasca)
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Orco Valley

Scent of History. A nature path just upstream of Noasca, partly furnished with explanatory panels, goes through villages in the historic Valley of the Roc once inhabited the whole year and enriched by remains of frescoes. This wonderful example of combination between history of the territory and nature finds its maximum expression completing the circuit that continues until Pianchette, crossing a confy and fresh beech forest. house of many animal species of the Park.

 

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Path type: 
Summer paths
Summer path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
1h 30’
Trail sign: 
13
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Rhêmes Valley

At the end of the road of Rhêmes Valley lies the village of Thumel, from which, ignoring the farm road on the right which climbs towards the refuge, follow the wide path that starts at the end of the paved road. From the entrance of the trail, past a bridge, continue along the Dora di Rhêmes. Crossing a marshy plain, continue to climb until you cross the dirt track again that leads to a characteristic roman bridge lapped by an impressive waterfall. Passed the bridge and changed the hydrographic side, you reach the Lavassey alp and, as last short uphill section, you arrive to the hut.

Path type: 
Summer paths
Summer path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
5 ore
Trail sign: 
625-624
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Soana Valley

From Campiglia Soana, parish and municipality in the past, you climb along the dirt track leading to the Azaria plain. Before reaching it, take a well indicated deviation on the right for the sanctuary of Saint Bessus. The cult of Saint Bessus is one of the oldest in the Alps and still today unites community of mountain and plain: on the 10th of August every year, inhabitants of Cogne and Val Soana meet for worship at the bottom of the cliff where the sanctuary grows. The sanctuary is located along the ancient road that links the Cogne Valley and the Canavese.

Path type: 
Summer paths
Summer path
Difficulty: 
T - touristic
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Soana Valley

The picturesque village of Piamprato, in the homonym Valley going up from Valprato Soana, offers numerous walks, more or less difficult, starting mostly crossing the village. We proceed along the wide track to reach the broad and beautiful plateaus above populated by marmots and grazing herds, next to Grange Prariond. For climbing lovers it's possible to reach the rocky plateau on the left orographic side of the valley, before entering in the village.

Path type: 
Summer paths

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