Alta Via 1 - a week trekking on selected sections in the Aosta Valley


Duration: 5-6 days
Price: from 1000 € person
Level: intermediate
When: June-September
Max-min persons: not specifed
Included: All nights in hotels and Refugios, breakfast, dinners, transfer Milan-Valtournanche and Gressoney-Milan, trekking guide.


Extra: Lunches and all that is not mentioned in the included section.

Alta Via 1, is known as the Via dei Giganti, or “the giants’ trail”. This trekk covers the northern part of the Aosta Valley and leads you through an incomparable scenery, across the foothills of Monterosa, the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. We can arrange the entire tour, all the way from Courmayeur to Gressoney, or selected parts of the route.

Program proposal
  • Day One and Two
  • Day Three and Four
  • Day Five and Six
  • Other information
Alta Via 1 tour Cresi
Day One. Start in Milan airport. Transfer to Valtournenche, in the valley of Cervinia. Meet with the guide, followed by a short walk of 20 minutes to a little enchanting old village, Cheneil 2000m, where we stay for the first night.

Day Two. We start with breakfast in the pension and go for a long, very wild trek to the pass of Nana at 2700m. possible we see ibex and eagles. The view is astounding from here. The pass is between the valley of Valtournenche and the valley of Champoluc/Ayas. At 2500m lies a Refugio that awaits our arrival: Grand Tournalin. Here we stay for the night.
Alta Via 1 tour yellow signs
Day Three. Today we will hike down to the Pian de Verra, a beautiful plateau under the glaciers of Monte Rosa massif (Pollux, Castor, Breithorn) and traverse to the next old village called Resy, where we have an overnight stay. We have hiked 5-6 hours and it feels good to take a rest and taste the food and the wines from the local production.

Day Four. This is a slow, recovering day. The tour goes throw meadows and woods at 2000m height and we will be able to see the ancient villages of Sussun and Crest, Frantze and Cuneaz. All are Walser villages from the Middle Ages. Lunch at the cosy restaurant in Sussun and the night will be spent at Aroula, surely the most beautiful Refugio on our trek.
Alta Via 1 tour in Monterosa
Day Five. The longest trek of the trip, around 6-7 hours is before us today. We start early after breakfast and go to the lakes of Pinter at 2700m, three beautiful lakes with an amazing view of the Champoluc/Ayas valley. Pick-nick at the “beach”. Here we can see the flower that makes the most famous local liquor, Genepy, that grows only at this level. After lunch we go to the pass between Champoluc and Gressoney, one of the ancient passes used by people travelling between these mountains for centuries. The trail down to our goal is steep and long, but we will have time to rest and enjoy nature. The arrival is in the Walser village of Alpenzu and to one more fabulous Refugio where we will spend the night.

Day Six. Then, it is time for us to catch the transfer to the airport and fly home.
Alta Via 1 tour in Monterosa
When: June-September
Price: from € 1000 per person
Max/min persons: 10 persons
Included: All nights in hotels and refuges, all dinners, transfer Milan-Valtournanche and Alagna-Milan, ski lifts and jeep guide
Extras: lunches and all that is not mentioned in the included section Required: Backpack and good high mountain trekking shoes
Other information: Read even the program for Alta Via 2.

This tour can be done in the reverse way or changed according to the number of days that are at your disposal.