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Hiking in Italy

Hiking tour between France and Italy

Technical lev. : 2.5 / 5

Technical lev. : 2.5 / 5

Intermediate stage between 2 and 3 Mountains.
Mountain trekking for experienced people, you have experience and skills in the mountains.
Some passages are dizzying and it is sometimes necessary to put your hands to help the progression.
Weather forecast learning and cartography experience: the guide could give you the map to learn how to manage a route.

Physical lev. : 3 / 5

Physical lev. : 3 / 5

For sporty people, we will have some good walking days and make some beautiful summits, you are confirmed in the activity or welcome in Trail initiation! Effort corresponding to approximately 900 - 1200 m of elevation gain in trekking.

  • 5 days & 4 nights
  • Participants : 4 to 10
  • From 18 to 22.07.22 - From 1 to 5.08.22
  • All inclusive in Mountain Hut

We will play with the Franch & Italian border, two nations but the same mountains: 3 nights in Italy and 2 in France in beautiful huts.
We will start with the nearby South Face of Mont Blanc, to then head south on the border to walk into mountain spaces that go wilder and wilder. A fairly easy and beautiful trek!

From 620

Alpine Trekking between French Alps & Aosta Valley

We will at first walk up to the Ruitor Waterfalls in Aosta Valley, to admire its glacier and its lakes. If we are lucky, once at the Deffeyes refuge we will enjoy a great sunset on Mont Blanc.

We will cross again into France to keep going on the Bellacomba valley and its lakes, then the wild and wondersul Italian valley of Valgrisenche will follow...

A magnificent trek, with stages designed not to be too long, but these landscapes will surprise you for their untouched beauty. We will not meet many people on these paths, that only smugglers and shepherds used to walk.

We will play with the Franch & Italian border, two nations but the same mountains: 3 nights in Italy and 2 in France in beautiful huts. 

We will start with the nearby South Face of Mont Blanc, to then head south on the border to walk into mountain spaces that go wilder and wilder. A fairly easy and beautiful trek!

Hiking and Trekking tour between France and Italy:

Leave in a small group with a qualified mountain leader to hike in France and Italy, this trek takes place near the south face of Mont Blanc, the landscapes are superb with wild paths. 

We will cross a part of the Alps Grées which is located between the Massif du Mont Blanc and that of Grand Paradis, we will carry out the ascent of the summit of the Grande Traversière at 3338 meters of altitude by an easy arête, we arrive above the glaciers of the Grande Sassière which is the culminating point of the Alps Grées, it is also the highest summit of the Alps which the hikers or trailers can carry out without mountaineering equipment at 3747 meters of altitude.

Go with peace of mind with an organised small group trek:

Esprit Montagne organises treks off the beaten track with mountain professionals. To discover the most beautiful itineraries we limit the number of participants to 10 people so that your guide can easily manage the group and the conviviality in the refuge is possible.

You are on one of the most beautiful treks in the Alps:

This trek crosses a wild massif, it is not in a national park but one could think that these zones were protected so that they remain virgin, the mountain here is so abrupt that the man could not take possession of the places in winter because of the avalanches. This is why the paths of Valgrisenche are so wild, the grey valley has only a hundred inhabitants all year round. 

This trek takes place in 1 week:

This trek is perfect for experienced hikers who only have a week off, you will discover magical places worthy of distant treks with a small budget and the change of scenery assured with a good part of the route in Italy.

Discover hiking in France, on an adventure trip with Esprit Montagne :

For Esprit Montagne, the itinerant trekking takes place far from the roads, we leave in autonomy but with half board in refuge we have quite light backpacks, this itinerary allows to travel between France and Italy with an access by the train to Bourg Saint Maurice to have fast and economic transports. 

 

THE TREKKING PROGRAM

DAY 1 - MONDAY
BOURG SAINT MAURICE - COL DU MONSETI - LAC NOIR - REFUGE DE L'ARCHEBOC

Vertical drop: + 1000 m and - 800 m
Walking time: approximately 6-7 hours of walking

Meeting at the Funicular car parking at 9:30 am in Bourg Saint Maurice. You will be able to park your car in a free car parking for the week. Remember to take your own picnic luch for today.

Departure by Bus from Bourg Saint Maurice to the starting point of the Trek.

We cross the magnificent Sassière plateau, the marmots are watching us, then we climb fairly quickly to the Monséti pass, we eat and take advantage of the weather at Lac Noir before descending to the Archeboc refuge. This easy day will allow you to get in the Trekking mood and enjoy this beautiful mountain environment.DAY 2 - MONDAY

DAY 2 - TUESDAY
REFUGE DE L’ARCHEBOC - COL DU MONT - REFUGE DE L'EPEE

Vertical drop: + 1250 m and - 900 m
Walking time: about 7 hours

The climb to Col du Mont is quite fast between the Ruitor Massif 3486m and Archeboc 3272m, from Col du Mont the view is magnificent over the Valgrisenche Valley: it is one of the wildest valleys in the Alps. We will eat at the Lake San Grato before reaching out the Epée Hut by a great ancient larch tree forest. Once at the refuge we will enjoy the Italian and Aosta Valley gastronomy.

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY
REFUGE DE L'EPEE - COL DE REFREITA - COL DE BASSAC - REFUGE MARIO BEZZI

Vertical drop: + 1250 m and - 1000 m
Walking time: around 7 hours

Today we will be walking on a great balcony path at the feet of the Grandes Aiguilles Rousses 3607m: we will pass the Col Refreita, the path will lead us to the beautiful San Martino Lake. We will then walk off the trails to reach the Col de Bassac where we will get a great view on Gran Paradiso (4061m) and the Grande Sassière (3747m) . We will finally walk down to the Mario Bezzi refuge, where we will spend the night.

DAY 4 - THURSDAY
REFUGE MARIO BEZZI - COL DE BASSAC DERE - REFUGE MARIO BEZZI

Vertical drop: + 1250 m and - 1000 m
Walking time: about 7 hours

Today we will be walking with light backpacks, heading in direction of the Col Bassac Dere and the stunning glaciers of the Great Sassière and Granta Parei, which looks like a small Matterhorn. The walk will be on a beautiful route that runs along the glaciers, after a few hours of walking we will arrive at the Pass, where we will get a great view on Gran Paradiso (4061 mt). We then continue by a small path or path on a rocky ridge to reach a summit at more than 3300 m (the Grande Traversière), accessible by feet by the Italian side and by the French side only by Mountaineering. We may come across Mountaineers with their crampons, ropes and ice axes at the top, who will be surprised to see us at the top in hiker mode. We then descend by the same path back to the Hut.

DAY 5 - FRIDAY
REFUGE MARIO BEZZI - COL VAUDET - LAC D’ARGENTIERE - SAINTE FOY

Vertical drop: + 1150 m and - 1800 m
Walking time: around 8 hours

We will leave the Mario Bezzi Hut at the feet of the Grande Sassière to climb to Col Vaudet: the path crosses valleys where there may be snow at the start of the season, now that you are used to walking in the mountains you will be at ease.
Before the pass we will arrive into a valley where the path is much better, to  finally return to France. We will then pass by Lac Noir and Lac Blanc again, and by Lacs Verdets and Lac du Clou, this off-trail should leave you some great landscapes engraved in your memory and your camera, to greatly end one of the most beautiful Treks in the Alps.
The day may be reduced in case of bad weather ...
Another small climb to reach the Col de l'Aiguille before walking down to the Sainte Foy station, where we will be waiting for the bus to bring us back to Bourg Saint Maurice.

END OF THE TRIP: see you next time for a new adventure!

Arrival

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Price *

Status

Du 04/07/2022 au 08/07/2022

au 08/07/2022

620

FULL

Du 11/07/2022 au 15/07/2022

au 15/07/2022

620

CLOSED

Du 01/08/2022 au 05/08/2022

au 05/08/2022

620

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* Price per person (without insurance)

The backpack for your hiking trip in France

The hiking backpack

If possible take a light backpack with good carrying, the backpack itself should not exceed 1,5 kilos.

Backpack for 5 days:

  • Small size: 45 liters
  • Large size: 50 liters

Your backpack must have 10 to 15 liters of space for the food that you will carry for lunch and sometimes for the day after.

Kilos to carry - it is better to wash than to carry:

  • Small size: 6/7 kilos max, without water and food
  • Large size: 8/9 kilos max, without water and food

Count 2 liters of water and 1 kilo of food for the day.

Covid 19 Special:

  • a pair of light shoes or slippers to walk inside the hut
  • a light sleeping sheet for the refuge 
  • a pillowcase or light inflatable cushion for the refuge
  • hydroalcollic gel and masks

Head to toe material for your hiking trip:

  • one cap or hat for the sun
  • one hat for the cold
  • one buff or neck warmer, optional but very pleasant in bad weather
  • one type Goretex jacket or equivalent for bad weather
  • one pair of gloves, waterproof if possible
  • waterproof extra pair of ski gloves for altitude treks
  • one warm fleece or thick down to withstand freezing temperatures
  • two sweaters: one light and one warmer, if it's cold we will put all layers on
  • three technical t-shirts 
  • three underwear and 3 or 4 warm socks, you can wash them in the streams near the hut (take a solid soap to the washing)
  • one warm pant
  •  a pair of tights
  • one lighter pant, some come off to make shorts
  • one short pant
  • one over-pants in waterproof fabric or Gore tex type for Treks with altitude passes around 3000 meters
  • a light rain cape or waterproof bag protector
  • a waterproof bag to keep your spare clothes dry
  • a plastic or waterproof bag for dirty items
  • a change of clothes for the refuge
  • a pair of good quality mountain shoes with Vibram type sole or equivalent, if possible try them on before starting your hiking trip, beware of old shoes which can deteriorate very quickly in the middle of the mountains.

Do not forget:

  • sunscreen index 30 to 50
  • a pair of category 3 sunglasses
  • one light headlamp
  • cash and your identity papers

Toiletries:

  • a light, quick-drying hand towel, hiking type
  • one body soap
  • one toothbrush with small toothpaste or a tube already started
  • one small shampoo (small size - specialty stores sell small bottles that you will keep your whole life as a hiker)
  • a pair of aarplugs to better sleep at night 

Pharmacy & others:

  • your usual or personal treatments
  • a light survival blanket
  • a nail clipper
  • what to make small dressings
  • a few compresses and sticking plaster or better Strappal

Your guide will have a more complete pharmacy in the event of a more serious accident.

A small book or card game (less than 150 grams) ... if you want !

Necessary for meals:

  • a light Opinel type knife
  • a fork and a spoon
  • a nice specialty to share with the rest of the team, liquid or solid

The hiker's enemy is weight, but a frozen or wet hiker is a hiker without pleasure! So take the time to properly prepare your backpack.

Technical Level  2.5/5

Intermediate stage between 2 and 3 Mountains.
Mountain trekking for experienced people, you have experience and skills in the mountains.
Some passages are dizzying and it is sometimes necessary to put your hands to help the progression.
Weather forecast learning and cartography experience: the guide could give you the map to learn how to manage a route.

Physical level 3/5

For sporty people, we will have some good walking days and make some beautiful summits, you are confirmed in the activity or welcome in Trail initiation! Effort corresponding to approximately 900 - 1200 m of elevation gain in trekking.

Insurance

Cancellation and repatriation insurance is advised as well as other insurance guaranteeing search and mountain rescue (10,000 Euros guarantee approximately).

How to reach Bourg Saint Maurice, 73700

  • By train, access by TGV to Bourg Saint Maurice station - the hotel will be reachable 5 minutes by feet from the Train Station;
  • By car from Albertville, access by expressway to Moutiers - Bourg Saint Maurice is 2.5 hours from Lyon.

Meeting on the first day

Meeting at the Funicular in Bourg Saint Maurice at 9.30am, you can park your car in a free parking for the duration of the trek.

ACCOMMODATION

Nights in Refuge in room or dormitory according to availability.

Nights after the end of the trek are possible in different hotels in Bourg Saint Maurice, here is our advice:

Your Budget for your hiking trip

THE PRICE INCLUDES

. Guiding of a certified UIMLA Trekking Guide of our Team;

. First night B&B in Hotel;

. Half board accommodation as described in the program;

. Picnics, every day (except for day 1, think of taking your own picnic lunch with you);

. Mandatory transports along the program.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

. Cancellation / interruption of stay / luggage loss and accident insurance;

. Drinks and personal expenses;

. Additional nights outside the program;

. Out-of-program visits and transfers;

. Tips;

. All that is not indicated in the section "The price includes".
 

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