Paths and excursions

Summer path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
3h 15’ (to arrive to the Lakes); 2 h (to the royal hunting house Orveille)
Trail sign: 
8
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Valsavarenche

Departure from Dégioz, Valsavarenche main town, cross the river Savana and arrive to Vers le Bois village, from which branches off the historic mule track to the former royal hunting House of Orvieille. The wood to cross and the basin pasture around the former Royal household have remarkable nature spots, but only the mule-track and the royal house are the strength of the first part of this route, steeped in history and strongly linked to the tradition of royal hunts of King Vittorio Emanule II.

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

You cannot visit the Val Soana in winter without having gone to Boschietto and Boschiettiera: high-altitude villages dominated by the elegant Tower pyramid Lavina from its 3308m. A walk with snowshoes to enter into the magic of forest along snow-covered trails. The two villages are situated on the edge of an alpine pasture, which is reached by a leisurely walk along the mule-track that crosses an old forest rich both in conifers and broadleaf.

Path type: 
Winter paths
Summer path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
2h 45’
Trail sign: 
5
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Valsavarenche

A few km before the village of Pont,nearby the Terré alpine pasture, cross the torrent Savara and, passing the Pravioux pasture, begins the climb in a scented forest of larch and stone pine, one of the favorite locations of the black grouse in this valley. After a series of hairpin bends and uphil in the forest, you arrive finally in the alpine meadow, gratified by a lovely view on the peaks of the Park, thus reaching the Chabod hut. The features are many, but the scenic and alpine aspect are definitely prevailing.

Path type: 
Summer paths
Difficulty: 
T - touristic
Walking time: 
1h 30’ circa
Valley: 
Soana Valley

Once you leave the car in the confortable square of Campiglia Soana, take the clear dirt road that leads to the Pian dell'Azaria. The path, simple and undemanding, presents only a few climb needed to reach the broad plateau of the basin, at the foot of the rocky ridges of Rancio. A typical deciduous forest mixes with conifers to then show only beautiful specimens of spruce and larch forests up to Barmaion. In addition to the alpine pasture, the forest gives way to the alpine meadow covered with snow, on which it's easy to sight quiet chamois grazing. 

Path type: 
Winter paths
Summer path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
1h 30’
Trail sign: 
12
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Valsavarenche

The route begins just before the entrance of Rovenaud village, parked the car in the large square, after crossing the village, the impressive range of snow-capped mountains in the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park begins to be outlined. The village is of good architectural interest and its arrangement, at a vast grassy area margin, grows it's aesthetic value. Follow the path into a forest of larches and spruces where a careful observer will note the presence of small locals (many species of birds and squirrels).

Path type: 
Summer paths
Winter path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
1 Stunde
Season: 
Winter
Valley: 
Cogne valley

Simple loop hike that starts from the parking lot of Lillaz, gives the opportunity to face, following a farm road, the Valley of Valeille, dominated by Sengie and Valeille glaciers.

Path type: 
Winter paths
Summer path
Difficulty: 
E - hiking
Walking time: 
2h 30’
Trail sign: 
1
Season: 
Summer
Valley: 
Valsavarenche

Upstream of the Pont-Valsavarenche village, left the car in the large parking lot of the Hotel Gran Paradiso, pass the bridge over Savara on the left and walk on a wide part of the plain in Seyraz Valley, up to the Tétras Lyre hut. The trail, well marked and very popular, then climbs in the larch forest until you reach a dominant rocky balcony, from which one can notice the whole Amphitheater of the abovementioned valley.

Path type: 
Summer paths
accessible with dogs from 15/07 to 15/09
Winter path
Difficulty: 
T - touristic
Walking time: 
1 h 30 min
Season: 
Winter
Valley: 
Cogne valley

Although Valnontey is one of the most popular areas of the Cogne valley, you just need to enter in the valley, starting from the big car park of the hamlet, and follow the path on the right orographic side, to breathe the wilderness of the park in its entirety: small forests and clearings alternate and offer the opportunity to easily observe grazing wild animals. At the first bridge (Ponte della Leuttaz) it's suggested to move on the left orographic side and keep going following the cross-country track, without trample, ultil Valmianaz.

Path type: 
Winter paths
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

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