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Lake La Thuile Aosta Valley Trekking

Alpine Trekking between French Alps & Aosta Valley

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690 €
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!


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!
 
 

THE TREKKING PROGRAM

DAY 0 - SATURDAY
ARRIVAL - NIGHT IN HOTEL IN BOURG SAINT MAURICE

Check-in possible from 2:00 pm, at the Base Camp Lodge in Bourg Saint Maurice (73700).
Meeting with your Trekking Guide at 6:00 pm for the week briefing and backpack check.

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

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!

The price includes

  • assistance of a certified mountain guide from our Team;
  • Half board accommodation as described in the program (6 guided days and 7 nights);
  • Picnics, every day;
  • Mandatory transports along the program.

Night before the trip and last night after the activity

We have chosen to include in the price the night before the trek beginning and the night after the end of the trek, in order to allow you to better organize your transports and to avoid to rush, as well as making your trip easier without having to worry about additional nights.

You will be given specific information about the hotel and how to reach it at the time of booking.

The price does not include

  • Cancellation / interruption of stay / luggage loss and accident insurance;
  • Drinks and personal expenses;
  • Additional nights outside the program;
  • All that is not indicated in the section "The price includes".

Your expenses on site

  • Drinks;
  • Out-of-program visits and transfers;
  • Tips.
The backpack

If possible take a light backpack with good carrying, the backpack should not exceed 1.5 kg.

Backpack for 5 days:
  • Small people: 40 liters max
  • Tall people : 50 liters max

Your backpack must have 10 to 15 liters of space for picnics that you will carry for lunch.

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 kg of food for the day.
Count an extra kilo for 10-day treks.

Head-to-toe material for the Trek:
  • 1 cap or hat for the sun
  • 1 Hat for the cold
  • 1 optional buff or choker but very pleasant in bad weather
  • 1 Jacket Type Gore Tex or similar windproof and waterproof
  • 1 pair of gloves, waterproof if possible
  • 1 additional pair of ski warm gloves for altitude treks
  • 1 warm fleece or thick down to withstand negative temperatures
  • 2 sweater: a light one and a warmer one, if it's cold you can put all the layers on
  • 3 Technical T-shirts
  • 3 underwear and 3 - 4 warm socks, you can wash them in the torrents near the shelters (1 solid soap to wash)
  • 1 Warm pant
  • 1 Tight
  • 1 Lighter pant, there are pants that you can zip off to make shorts
  • 1 Short
  • 1  waterproof over-pant  (Gore tex or other) for Trek with altitude passes around 3000m.
  • 1 light rain hood or waterproof bag protector
  • 1 waterproof bag to keep items dry inside your backpack
  • 1 bag for dirty things
  • 1 light sheetbag for sleeping at the huts
  • 1 pair of light slippers for the refuge, in case you do not want to wear the hut' slippers or a pair of light Trail shoes.
  • 1 pair of mountain shoes with Vibram type sole of good quality or similar: if possible try ans wear your shoes before the trek, watch out for old shoes which can deteriorate very quickly in the mountains.
Do not forget  :
  • Sunscreen index 30 to 50
  • one pair of sunglasses category 3
  • one front lamp
  • cash money for huts and documents
Toiletries  :
  • 1 Lightweight Quick Dry Toilet Towel
  • 1 Body soap
  • 1 Toothbrush with small toothpaste or a started one
  • 1 small shampoo (small format - specialized stores sell small bottles that you will keep your hiker's life).
  • 1 pair of earplugs to better sleep at night in a refuge
Pharmacy & others:
  • Your Usual or Personal Treatments
  • 1 Light Survival Blanket
  • 1 nail clipper
  • What to make small dressings
  • Some compresses and plaster or better Strappal

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

For realx time: A small book or Card game (less than 150 grams)…

Necessary for meals:
  • 1 TuperWare large enough to contain a nice salad for lunch
  • 1 light knife: Opinel type
  • 1 Fork and 1 Spoon
  • 1 nice specialty to share with the rest of the Team, liquid or solid

The hiker's enemy is weight, but a frozen or soaked hiker is a hiker without pleasure, so take the time to properly pack your bag.

Insurance

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

ACCESS
How to reach Bourg Saint Maurice, 73700
  • By train, access by TGV to Bourg Saint Maurice station - the hotel will be reachable by shuttle;
  • By car from Albertville, access by expressway to Moutiers - Bourg Saint Maurice is 2.5 hours from Lyon.
Night before the trip and last night after the activity

We have chosen to include in the price the night before the trek beginning and the night after the end of the trek, in order to allow you to better organize your transports and to avoid to rush, as well as making your trip easier without having to worry about additional nights.

You will be given specific information about the hotel and how to reach it at the time of booking.

Further information
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