Walking in the Aosta Valley
Walks and scrambles in the shadows of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa
By Andy Hodges
Guidebook to walking in the Aosta valley, a stunning, autonomous region in the Italian Alps. Describes 32 scenic routes (ranging from 4 to 20km) within both the main valley and those to the north, including the Lys valley, Valpelline, Valtournenche and Grand St Bernard. Also provides info on the via ferrata and trail running options in the region.
SeasonsThe lower walks are feasible from Easter through to late October. The mountain walks really open up from late June through to late September.
CentresGressoney St Jean, Valpelline, the Matterhorn Valley and the world-famous Grand St Bernard Monastery
DifficultyFrom short walks of around an hour to two-day summits twice the height of Ben Nevis, there's something for everyone and every level of fitness. Normal walking equipment will suffice for almost every walk.
Must SeeForte di Barde guarding the lower valley; the Grand St Bernard Monastery which has welcomed travellers for a thousand years; views of Monte Rosa, the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc
A stunning, autonomous region in the Italian Alps, the Aosta valley is a walker's paradise. This guidebook describes 32 varied and scenic routes both within the main valley and those to the north (including the Lys valley, Valpelline, Valtournenche and Grand St Bernard). The routes vary in difficulty and distance, offering something for walkers of all ability.
1:50K mapping together with gradient profiles complement clear and concise route descriptions. Also included is invaluable practical information - everything from travel options and insurance to useful phrases and a handy kit list. Information on via ferratas and trail running is also included for those interested in discovering additional activities available in the area.
A region of immense beauty, the Aosta valley is a must-visit destination. This selection of walks take in ethereal glaciers, majestic mountain tops and enchanting valley forests. Long or short, easy or challenging, the routes abound in history, and soak up the rich and varied culture of the region.
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Andy was born and bred in Northern England and first developed his mountain skills in the Lake District and Snowdonia. Since discovering the joys of the Alps with a Cicerone guidebook in 1999, Andy and his wife Sue have explored much of the Western Alps, walking, running, cycling, ski touring and snowshoeing. With 25 years' service in Dartmoor Search and Rescue, Andy has vast experience of the moors and recently completed the in-depth training and assessments to become a qualified International Mountain Leader.View author profile
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