Italy
Country
6 days
Duration
4. June
When
Moderate
Difficulty
Half board with Lunchpack
Board
Yes
Luggage transfer
Comfort
Accomodation
Hiking
Activity
Group
Tour type

Embark on a mesmerizing adventure as you hike through the picturesque Lys Valley, where your trails will lead you past enchanting vineyards and towering glaciers. Also known as the Valley of Lys, this valley derives its name from the Lys River and is renowned as the longest valley in the Aosta Region. Along your journey through this unique part of the Italian Alps, you’ll savor the beauty of Donnas’ vineyards, experience the charm of authentic mountain villages, witness massive glaciers, and revel in the breathtaking vistas of Monte Rosa.

Tour Highlights:

  • Donnas vineyards: Begin your hike with a delightful stroll through the vineyards of Donnas, where you can appreciate the lush landscapes and perhaps even sample some local wines.
  • Authentic mountain villages: Immerse yourself in the captivating charm of mountain villages, meeting friendly locals and discovering the rich cultural heritage of the region.
  • Breathtaking Monte Rosa views: As you traverse the valley, be prepared to be awed by the panoramic views of Monte Rosa, a true alpine spectacle that will be etched in your memory.

Expect to hike approximately 8-15 kilometers per day, with an elevation gain of up to 1300 meters. This tour is tailored for hikers with a moderate level of experience. Daily distances are manageable, and you’ll only need to carry a daypack.

Throughout this hiking adventure, your accommodations will be in cozy, mountain refuges. The welcoming local hosts will ensure you feel right at home. In the evenings, savor traditional dishes and delicacies, complemented by a wide selection of local wines available for your sampling.

Accommodations will typically consist of shared rooms, many of which include private bathrooms for your convenience.

Group adventure: This tour is a fantastic opportunity to connect with other like-minded adventurers. You’ll share the trail and stories with fellow hikers who share your passion for the great outdoors. The group dynamic adds an extra layer of enjoyment, providing a supportive and motivating atmosphere that’s perfect for creating lasting memories.

Expert local guide: To enhance your hiking experience, you’ll be accompanied by an expert local guide who knows the area like the back of their hand. They will not only lead the way but also provide valuable insights into the region’s history, culture, and natural wonders. Having a guide ensures that you get the most out of your journey, making it both educational and safe.

This comprehensive package includes half-board with breakfast, a packed lunch to take with you on your hikes, and a three-course dinner every evening. Rooms are shared according to gender, but upgrades to single rooms may be possible upon request. You’ll also receive maps and the convenience of luggage transport from one cabin to the next, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the magnificent surroundings.

Note: This tour has a minimum of four participants. To participate in this tour, you will pay a deposit to secure your spot. If we do not manage to reach the minimum requirement six weeks before departure, your deposit will be returned six weeks before departure or you may chose a different tour option with Outdoor Europe.

Included Services

  • Full board
  • Luggage transfer
  • Guided group tour
  • Hiking maps
  • Shared rooms
  • Flight
  • Travel insurance

What to bring

Equipment you should bring on this tour

We’ve compiled a list of essential items you’ll need to take on your Italian adventure in the Great Outdoors. While each trip has its own minimum requirements, we have split the list into “need-to-have” and “nice-to-haves”.

Need to have

Lightweight, waterproof shell
Sunscreen with a high factor
Smartphone with a relevant trip app and a WhatsApp and code number for your local representative
Survival blanket
Thin hat, cap, and thin gloves (merino or similar)
Daypack for hiking (tours with luggage transport)
Duffel bag or similar (trips with luggage transport) — DO NOT pack in suitcases.
30 L rucksack on trips up to six days (without luggage transport)
40 L rucksack on trips of more than six days (without luggage transport)
Quick-drying inner layer
Shorts (quick drying)
Technical t-shirt (quick drying)
Fleece sweater for cool evenings
A pair of comfortable jogging bottoms or similar for the cabins
Good mountain shoes — trail running shoes or hiking boots
Light towel
Water bottle (1.5 L)
A pair of thick socks or light slippers (you can often borrow a pair in the cabins)
Sunglasses
A few energy bars, fruits or similar snacks for the trip
Sheet liner — can also be purchased on-site (only if you are staying in a dormitory)
Small first aid kit
Comped or similar

Nice to have

Walking poles
Power bank
Chocolate
Sandals for the cabins
Plastic bags to keep things dry

FAQ

What is your refund and cancellation policy?

If you cancel your tour 60 days or more before the departure date, you will lose your deposit. If you cancel your tour between 60 and 45 days before the departure date, you will lose 50 per cent of the total tour price. If you cancel your tour within 45 days of the departure date, you will lose the full amount. If you fail to turn up on the first day of your tour, Outdoor Europe may not be able to make arrangements for you to join the rest of the tour, and you will lose the full payment. If, for any reason, Outdoor Europe has to cancel your tour, you will be offered an alternative tour or a full refund.

How do I book my tour?

You can book your tour directly on the Outdoor Europe website. Choose the tour from the dropdown menu, select the date you would like to start, and the number of participants in your group. You can either pay a deposit (60 days or more from the start of your tour) or pay the full amount. Click ‘book’ and follow the instructions. Once we have confirmed your payment, you’ll receive your confirmed tour itinerary within 10 days. There may be seasonal variations in the time it takes us to arrange everything. Please note that programmes on the tour pages are only examples — there may be several differences in the final programme you receive.

How do I pay for my tour?

When booking your tour, you can choose to pay by credit/debit card or direct bank transfer. Direct bank transfers will generally take longer to process, while credit and debit card payments are processed instantly. You are, by default, asked to pay a deposit of 25% of the total cost of the tour. If you choose this option, you will be asked to pay the remaining 75% one month before your tour. Please be sure to follow the payment links you receive in your invoice or reminder email, which we will send you when the second payment is due.

Do I get my own room?

This depends on the individual tour and when you book it. When hiking in the Alps, most people stay in dorms or shared rooms as the availability of single, double and family rooms are limited. We can only guarantee your own room on certain tours such as in the Lys and Ayas Valleys — but only if you book in time. If this is your preference, we will do our best to ensure you get your own room, but please expect to spend some nights in shared accommodation if there is limited availability.

Is baggage transfer included with all your Alpine tours?

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer this service with all our packages. Often, the huts or hotels we work with are in locations that can only be reached by foot or helicopter. Indeed, when choosing a tour that includes baggage transport, there may be one or two exceptions depending on the route. This will appear clearly on the tour page and in the program you receive when your booking has been confirmed.

How many days do your tours last?

All our tours include the day of arrival and the day of departure. This means that a six-day tour will include five nights of accommodation, a seven-day tour will include six nights, and so on. On the first day, guests are usually expected to arrive in the afternoon. And the program does not include any activities except for a briefing by our representative on the first evening. On the day of departure, guests are free to decide if they want to leave directly after breakfast or go on a shorter tour before their journey home.

What meals are included in your Alpine adventure tours?

Most of our tours will include Half Board (HB) services, which means breakfast, a three-course dinner, and a light-packed lunch. Please check the individual tour page for details, however, as variations occur with certain tours.

What is a self-guided tour?

We specialize in self-guided tours. These tours are designed for travelers who love the independence of hiking, skiing, or running on their own but want to know that everything else is taken care of. In some cases, we are able to offer luggage transport to lighten your load as you enjoy the Great Outdoors.

Do you offer group tours?

Whether you’re already a group of friends, business colleagues or a sports club looking for an active mountain adventure, we can design and organize your Alpine tour for you. However, Outdoor Europe does not offer group tours for individual participants.

Can you create a tour just for me and my friends?

Yes, absolutely! Outdoor Europe can design the perfect mountain adventure for you and your friends or colleagues. Whether you want to hike, ski, run, cycle or climb, we have the expertise and experience needed to create a bespoke package for any level of experience or physicality. Please contact us if you would like us to create a customized package for your group.

Are your outdoor adventure tours family-friendly?

There are few better ways to spend time with your children than with an active holiday in the mountains. Sharing a mountain adventure with your child is a memory that will last a lifetime. We try to design child-friendly variations (marked ‘family’) of all our Alpine tours. Children can hike, ski or bike a lot longer than you might expect, as long as you make it entertaining for them. However, they will respond instantly to the way you behave, so please consider whether you are able to create a safe environment for your children when faced with the many different challenges of an alpine environment.

Do you offer discounts for children?

Yes, we are able to offer a discount for children on most of our tours, provided they are not yet 13 years of age on the first day of the tour. Please see the individual tour page for our child discounts.

Can I travel on my own?

Many single travellers chose Outdoor Europe due to our high level of service and our expertise in self-guided mountain tours. And the safety of one of our representatives will only ever be just a phone call away. However, please expect additional costs, as our prices are based on two persons — the industry standard for outdoor tours of this nature. Private rooms and other services are often more expensive for individual travellers. You can find information about any additional costs for individual travellers on the tour page.

Will I manage?

We are all different. Some of our clients are 70+ and have lived an active lifestyle all their life. Others may be twenty years younger and have barely left their office chair. It is very difficult to judge the physical and mental ability of a person on the basis of a phone conversation. If you are in doubt, each tour is rated for level of physicality, which you can learn more about here. You are of course welcome to call us and we will do our best to advice you. Find your level of physicality here (link to Find your level page).

What if I get lost?

Our local partners know every square inch of this beautiful Alpine region. During the introductory briefing, you will receive an app, physical maps and a phone number to call if you need advice. In some cases, you’ll be able to forward your location to a local guide with the press of a button. This may prove helpful if you become lost.

Do I need travel insurance?

We recommend that you speak to your insurance provider to ensure your existing policy covers mountain-based activities such as hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. Please note that any costs relating to emergency situations and the potential need for evacuation are the sole responsibility of the client.

Will I be able to cope with the physical challenge?

We are all different. Some of our clients are more than 70 years old and have lived an active lifestyle all their life. Others are twenty years younger and have barely left their office chair. It is very difficult to judge the physical and mental capabilities of a person on the basis of a phone conversation. If you are in doubt, each tour is rated for the level of physicality involved, which you can learn more about on our Find Your Level page. You are, of course, welcome to call us, and we will do our best to advise you.

Can I bring my dog?

Enjoying the mountains with your best friend can be a joyful experience, which is why we try to make our tours dog friendly wherever possible. Unfortunately, it is not always possible due to local rules. Selected tours are marked ‘Dog Friendly’ on the tour page. This means that your dog can stay with you in your private room or, in a few cases, the hut will have a separate or external room for dogs. Please refer to the individual tour page for more information.

Additional Information

Start 4-9th June and 2-7th September
Group tour 4-12 participants
When4-9. June I 2-7. September

Example

1

Day 1: Arrival

Immerse yourself in a past characterized by the profound bond between man and the environment, discover the life of mountain people through the same paths that industrious and ingenious people have been able to trace over time. Discover the surprising nature at the foot of Monterosa and the historical and cultural heritage that characterizes it.
Hotel: Relais La Gruba (1515m)
www.lagrubarelais.com/
  • 40,02 km
  •  2512
  • 2280
2

Day 2: LaGruba-VillaFridau

Official entry into the land of the Walsers: It is enough to admire the architecture to be sure of it. The houses and the nature shaped by rural activities are witnesses to this age-old culture that you have already seen along the descent of the beautiful Vallone (deep valley) of Loo. Monte Rosa, in all its splendor, also welcomes you.
Hotel: Villa Fridau (1380m)
  • 14 km
  •  872
  • 1030
  •  5.15 to 6.50 hours.
3

Day 3: VillaFridau-Wongade

This is the stage which makes it possible to reach the foot of Monte Rosa via gentle ups and downs and by crossing numerous small villages of Walser origin. Up here you will overnight in an original walser house.
Hotel: Wongade (1760m)
http://wongade.com
  • 8.9km
  •  380
  • 100
  •  3 to 4.5 hours.
4

Day 4: Wongade-OrestesHuette

The initial steep climb gradually becomes gentler and leads to the beautiful Gabiet basin where you can enjoy an unmissable panorama of the main peaks of Monte Rosa such as Lyskamm and Castore. You skirt the artificial basin and continue until you reach the foot of the glacier in the modern OrestesHuette refuge.
Hotel: Rif. Orestes Hütte (2610m)
  • 8.8 km
  • 1030
  • 270
  • 4.1 to 5.30 hours.
5

OrestesHuttel-Anderbatt

Total immersion in the nature of high altitudes: you are almost certainly going to meet marmots, ibexes and chamois, and the slopes that precede the ice are those on which the arthemisia glacialis is collected, the plant with which the traditional liqueur known as genepy is produced.
Hotel: Locanda Anderbätt (1780m)
  • 8.32 km
  • 230
  •  1080
  •  3.40 to 5.30 hours.
6

Departure

After breackfast, final transfer to pick up the car and departure

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