A week discovering the most beautiful trails of Aosta Valley, with views of the highest peaks of the Alps that will definitely take your breath away.
No need to mention restoration. But we are in Italy and that has always been a number one priority. Starting from a basic “Cappuccino e Cornetto” to the complete dinners with our local culinary goods that won’t be forgotten after this experience.
We will meet in Aosta, following is a transfer to Champoluc where we will have our intro briefing with the AVF guides and get into the details of our week on the saddle. Starting off the week with a good-night sleep after your travels.
To warm up our legs we’ll spend the morning riding
an incredible long rivulet, stopping on the vay to admire the view and continuing on the trail that brings us all the way down to Saint Vincent.
The shuttle will take us to the Valtournenche Valley where we’ll take a godola to reach Chamois, one of the most fable-like towns of Aosta Valley. Not far from the village we’ll find the refuge where we will stay.
Climb: 800m height
Descent: 2400m drop, down a 25km trail
After a wholesome breakfast, we will ride onwards through the epic high Tournanche Valley, just at the foot of the famous Matterhorn! The ancient trails we will ride on were traced to string together all the mountain villages. The view is breathtaking to say the least. Arriving at Valtournenche we’ll be taking advantage of the lift access before traversing and descending to Cervinia. In the afternoon we’ll take the lifts to reach the next refuge at 3317 m. Just on the Swiss border, a good nights rest awaits us on one of the highest passes of the Alps. This will be a scenic experience you’ll never forget!
Climb: 550m height
Descent: 1100m drop, down a 20km trail
Today we’ll wake up to a spectacular sunrise close to the Matterhorn with it’s beautiful glacier views.
After breakfast we’ll start with long descent that will traverse magnificent high Alpine terrain, passing by lakes and pine forests until arriving in Cervinia. We then go for a typical morning “caffè al bar” and ride all the way down to the valley bed.
From there a Transfer will bring us to Saint Barthelemy, where we’ll have to pedal a bit more before reaching the next refuge.
Climb: 400m height
Descent: 2500m drop, down a 40km trail
Rolling into the valley, a mix of castles, medieval villages and fruit yards are all part of the playground.
Arriving in Valpelline, our shuttle will be there to give us a lift to the next valley, from where we’ll reach our refuge for the night.
Climb: 1300m height
Descent: 2400m drop, down a 32km trail
Into the valley of the Grand Saint Bernard. We hop on our saddles and ride along a single trail passing various pastures, where the most famous Aostan cheese is made, the “Fontina”!
Descent: 1200m Drop on 30km trail
Today’s ride is worth getting stoked on! After breakfast with a great view, we’ll pedal to reach an amazing single trail which bring us in the next valley where after an afternoon ride we’ll reach the next refuge.
Descent: 800m Drop on 15,5km trail
On our last day we will return to Aosta, finishing where it started. The last ride with flowy bits alternating with some technical sections will ensure we finish off our adventure on good vibes. After a week full on riding, we hope to send you home with memories that you’ll treasure forever!
Descent: 1800m Drop on 18km trail
- Seven nights in Refuge with Breakfast
- Seven dinner
- Van Shuttles for all the transfers
- Professional MTB Guide for the entire tour
- washing bike clothes if required
What’s Not Included, but available on request:
- Bike Rentals, all the necessary Technical Gear
- 30L Backpack
- Knee Pads
*This tour could be reserved during the months of June, July and August upon request.
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There are some places that offer visitors truly special experiences — such as the chance to bathe, in the depths of winter, in the warm spa waters in the sight of Mont Blanc — and focus on providing guests with the chance to do nothing but relax. These places are of course the Pré-Saint-Didier Spa and the Saint-Vincent Spa but also the «Valle d’Aosta Wellness» hotels which offer their guests regenerating stays of Alpine well-being and the chance to taste great and genuine food.
Aosta Valley, during most seasons there are some days that are ideal for a pleasant walk : in Spring, with the reawakening of nature, in splendid contrast with portions of landscape that are still covered by snow; in Summer, the best period for excursions at a high altitude, thanks to the long days with generally good and stable weather; in Autumn, for an unusual variety of surrounding colors.
Some itineraries are pleasant and easy walks, others are longer and more tiring. Whether you go on a walk lasting just a couple of hours or a whole day, the reward is being able to calmly reach extraordinarily beautiful untouched places while appreciating the different colors of the route, where tiredness disappears when faced with the charm of the scenery.
In the Middle Ages, the Aosta Valley was a compulsory passage towards Alpine passes. Thus, toll collections were an important source of power and income. Since the Aosta Valley wasn’t directly controlled by any authority, it was easy to take the land and appoint yourself as its lord; therefore, local nobles moved away from the towns, in search of land where they could extend their domains. Castles, towers and fortified houses arose on unaccessible elevations to dominate vast stretches of land from above.
In the first century before Christ, after defeating the native population, the Romans began to urbanise the conquered territory: they organized the land, charted the road networks, connecting the Little and Great Saint Bernard Alpine passes with the consular road to Gaul and founded the town of Augusta Praetoria (Aosta). This is how the five centuries of Roman rule began in the Aosta Valley.
Skyway Monte Bianco, the new Mont Blanc cableways, enable you to set out on a magical journey that is mapped out in accordance with the shape of the land as it reaches for the sky.
As walking for long distances is not required, this experience can be enjoyed by everyone, unless health problems make it inadvisable to stay at high altitudes.
Rafting, Canoeling, Kayaking
From April to September, the foamy, mountain streams become a hive of spectacular sporting activities: canoeing, kayaking and rafting offer water enthusiasts emotional experiences, among fast flowing water and natural slides.
Turin connects directly with the A5 motorway and is only 98 km from Aosta (Aosta Est exit) and 136 from Courmayeur.
Coming from Milan (164 Km), you take the A4 motorway and then at the Santhià motorway junction, you take the section towards Aosta. The journey takes no time at all for those coming from Genoa (226 km).
You can also approach the Valle from the French and Swiss sides through the Monte Bianco and Gran San Bernardo Tunnels, taking the main SS 26 and 27 roads, respectively or during the summer (between June and October) through the Piccolo and Gran San Bernardo passes.
Arriving by plane
Turin Airport is 115 km from Aosta. If you decide to hire a car, reaching Aosta will not be a problem: all you have to do is follow the signs to the Turin motorway ring-roads (tangenziali), take the Regina Margherita exit and go onto the A5 motorway to Aosta. The journey should take you just over an hour.
If you hire a car, there are various routes you can take: the best is to go to Novara and take the A4 motorway from the Novara Est junction going towards Turin. When you reach Santhià follow the signs to Aosta/Monte Bianco.
There are no train services from the airport. There is a bus service connecting the airport with Milan Central Station. From Milan there is a direct coach service to Aosta, which departs from Milano Porta Garibaldi railway station, or you can go to Milan Central Station and go by train (changing at Chivasso Station).
Orio al Serio (Bergamo)
By car, you take the A4 motorway from Bergamo ( a few km from the airport) going towards Torino/Monte Bianco. When you reach Santhià, follow the signs to Aosta/Monte Bianco.
here are no direct public transport services between Valle d’Aosta and Geneva Airport, except between 9/07 and 24/08, on Mondays and Fridays, providing a service departing from Saint-Vincent ; we mention it, however, because it is comparatively close to Aosta (140 km) and because a number of international flights depart from here, including some low-cost flights.
Geneva Airport, therefore, can be a good starting point for a flight plus car hire holiday in order to discover Valle d’Aosta.