Bike and Trek 

Champoluc

Duration: 5 days 
Price: from 1150 EUR per person
Level: beginner-intermediate
When: 5-9 July 2019 or upon request           
Max-min persons: 10 - 20            
Included: accommodation in double room with breakfast, lunches and dinners, bike rent, certified bike guide, guide from theAlps, wine tasting.

 

Extra: This tour begins in Champoluc. We are happy to help you arrange with flight and transfer or rental car.

We hike and try mountain bike and e-bike around our hometown Champoluc. We promise nice company, a lot of fresh air and fun.

With its unsurfaced tracks stemming from its agricultural traditions, the valleys of Monterosa is perfect mountain biking territory. Mule tracks, farm roads and wooded paths offer cyclists the opportunity to enjoy the valley’s ever-changing spectacular scenery.

The village itself awaits you with its easy going atmosphere and historic charm. We only choose family-run hotels and restaurants and comfy refuges on the mountain. Hotel Castor welcomes you with warmth, a very friendly dog and a glass of prosecco.

 

Program proposal
  • Day One and Two
  • Day Three
  • Day Four
  • Day Five
Biking in the Alps

Day one

Arrival to Champoluc and check-in at cosy Hotel Castor. We gather for a welcome drink with program presentation before dinner at the hotel.

Day two

Our bike guide joins us for breakfast. We go together to try out and pick up our bikes. The first bike tour goes along the medieval irrigation canal Ru Cortoud on narrow trails and smaller gravel roads. We stop for lunch at an agriturismo, a farmstead, where the menu features authentic local dishes made with seasonal products from the own farm. Don’t miss the creamy gelato, made out of fresh milk from the cows pasturing, literally, around the corner.

In the afternoon we suggest you spend a couple of hours relaxing at the Monterosa Spa, nestled in the green Pian Villy with a stunning view of the glaciers. Here oswood-lined saunas, a Turkish aromatherapy steam room and a Hamman with salt scrub await you. Not to mention a circular hot tub with a domed ceiling, monsoon showers and hot and cold therapy pools.

We meet up at the hotel for dinner.

Relax

Day three

We take the local bus to Saint-Jacques, the last village in the valley to enjoy a classic walk up to Lago Blu (2228 m)  Following the rushing waters of the glacial melt, we ascent towards the first plateau, Pian di Verra Inferiore (2000 m). The sound of the rushing water and the jingle of the cowbells transport your mind as if on a mediation exercise. Further up the mountain we encounter a different landscape. The open glacial basin greets us, providing great views of the glacier and towards the valley behind. A slight drop in temperature gives a cool breeze, resting the muscles from your climb and bringing a sense of calm to the area. The water of the lake is, as the name indicates, totally blue and you have the high mountain terrain and the proximity of the glacier. Do you dare to take a dip in the crystal clear water? <

Few things are better than a lake side pic-nic. Coffee will be on the way down, in the little walser village Resy. Valerie and Julienne at the Ferarro mountain hut (2066 m) are happy to tell us more about the village, the Walser people, their special architecture and way of life.

Back in town and time for an aperitivo. This italian pre-dinner habit is a great way to experience local culture, to people-watch and to unwind with a drink after a long day. We choose a nice restaurant in the village for dinner.

Bike and view

Day four

Today we’re heading for a lovely long bike ride to the Palazinas valley with the its glittering lakes. We follow the same paths as the shepherds and their herds always have done up to the 2661-meter high pass. From the lakes, we go down to the Refuge Arp (2446 m). The stone house rests on an open grass field, often in the sun and always with a breathtaking view. After lunch at the refuge we’re going down hill! Don’t be fooled though, just because you’re going down, doesn’t mean there isn’t skill and technique involved! Your guide shows you how to take advantage of the gravity.

Late afternoon wine tasting with labels from this the smallest wine region in Italy. Dinner at the hotel.
Hotel Castor

Day five

Relaxing Sunday morning in Champoluc. If you wish, you're welcome to join us for an early morning walk to the beautiful waterfalls and gently meadows of Mascognaz.

Today there is time to stroll in the village, sip a cup of cappuccino at the terrace of one of the cosy cafés along the pedestrian street, or visit the picturesque shops at the square.