The Valnontey valley is situated in the Parco Nazionale del Gan Paradiso. The valley’s breathtaking landscape, raging waterfalls, isolated mountain pastures, rare flowers and its rare wildlife, such as ibexes, chamois, foxes, golden eagles and marmots is a great setting to start your walk/hike from. There are many different walks/hikes to suit all abilities.
1 - Refuge Vittorio Sella al Lauson (2584 m)
Easy mule track till the first bridge, then follow the steep path on the left of the river. Offers a picturesque view on the Apostoli group and of the glaciers. The walk to the refuge may allow you a glimps of ibexes, chamois and also marmots. In half hour, possibility to reach the small mountain lake of the Lauson.
Height climbed 918 m • Hours 3 • Trail marker. 18
2 - Crossing Refuge Sella – Herbetet (2435 m)
From the Sella Refuge follow the mule track till the Lauson lake and then continue until you reach the cottages of the Herbetet (average height of 2500m). The path is partly exposed. For the return take the path N.23 till Valmiana and Valnontey.
From the refuge: Height climbed 0 • Hours 2.30 • Trailm. 23/23A
3 - Leonessa bivouac (2910 m)
From the Herbetet cottages follow the easy hunting trail on the left and continue on the ridge of the moraine. From the bivouac you have a very close view on the Tibolazione Glacier. Continuing straight on will allow you to reach the Herbetet Pass.
Height climbed 475 m • Hours 1 • Trailm. 23,23A
4 - Money Alps (2324 m)
Easy walk in the bottom of the valley. The slope begins on the left just after Valmiana alps with a spectacular panorama of the Tribolazione, Gran Crou and Apostoli glaciers. The bivouac of the same name is reached by climbing the moraine frontally.
Height climbed 658 m • Hours 3 • Trailm. 23/20
5 - Cogne (1534 m)
Two nice paths on both sides of the river will take you to Cogne through the forest and the suggestive Sant’Orso prairie.
Height climbed 132 m • Hours 0.45 • Trailm.: right 25 left 18A
6 - Cogne toward Baben (1748 m)
A 20 minute walk uphill will take you to Baben’s cottage, then the path descends again towards Cogne.
Height climbed 212 m • Hours 1 • Trailm. 24