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Walking in the Aosta Valley

Walks and scrambles in the shadows of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa

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.


The lower walks are feasible from Easter through to late October. The mountain walks really open up from late June through to late September.


Gressoney St Jean, Valpelline, the Matterhorn Valley and the world-famous Grand St Bernard Monastery


From 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 See

Forte 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
12 May 2022
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.35cm

A guidebook to 32 walks and scrambles in the Aosta Valley. Exploring the dramatic scenery of the Italian Alps there’s something for both beginner and experienced walkers, from short leisurely walks to scrambles and protected routes bordering on mountaineering.

Routes range from 4 to 20km (2–12 miles) in length and can be enjoyed in 1–6 hours. A handful of trail runs and via ferrata are also summarised in brief.

  • 1:50,000 maps are included for each route
  • GPX files available to download
  • Detailed information on accommodation, public transport and wildlife
  • Highlights include walks to Forte di Bard and Grand St Bernard Monastery

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Andy Hodges Cicerone author HODGES

By Andy Hodges

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.

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