8 days, 7 nights
Half board
Luggage transfer
Hut to Hut
Tour type

Trekking the Ayas Valley: An unforgettable alpine adventure

Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of the Alps, where the iconic Matterhorn and the majestic Monte Rosa massif create a breathtaking backdrop. This tour is your passport to one of the most beautiful and unforgettable landscapes in the world, promising memories to cherish for years to come.

Tour Highlights:

Scenic splendor: Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of the Val d’Ayas. This trek offers an array of breathtaking vistas, picturesque villages, and diverse landscapes. From the Monte Rosa massif to the Matterhorn, every step will leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Accessible adventure: Designed as an “easy to moderate” tour, this journey is perfect for hikers who prefer less altitude variation and no major technical challenges. It’s an accessible option for individuals with an average to good level of fitness.

Mountain hut magic: Experience the warmth of mountain hospitality as you spend your nights in charming alpine huts. Revel in delicious food, the camaraderie of fellow trekkers, and the unique atmosphere that only the mountains can provide.

In the Val d’Ayas, the enchantment of this place isn’t solely derived from its natural beauty. It’s also a tapestry of cultures and languages, where Italian, Franco-Provencal, and Walser-Deutsch dialects intertwine. The influences of the Walser people, of Germanic origin, are evident in the architecture and traditions. As you trek through this stunning region, you’ll discover a living cultural mosaic and a rich heritage of stories and histories.

The journey begins by ascending the valley, culminating at the Verra Glacier, nestled at the foot of the towering Monte Rosa. As you stand in the shadow of this monumental peak, you’ll understand the allure of the mountains that has captivated generations. The return journey winds through pristine alpine landscapes adorned with wildflower meadows, azure lakes, and traditional Walser villages, painting an idyllic picture of mountain life.

With the option to choose between a six or eight-day tour, you can tailor your adventure to your preference. Whichever you choose, this trek along the Monterosa will allow you to explore the essence of the Val d’Ayas, touching the soul of the Alps and retracing the steps of an award-winning literary journey, as described in Paolo Cognetti’s “Le 8 montagne.”

Pack your gear, for this is your invitation to a unique Alpine experience in the heart of Italy and Switzerland, where mountains meet culture, nature meets tradition, and adventure knows no bounds.

*This tour is based on a minimum of two participants. Only services mentioned above are included in the price.


Luggage transfer not available in Ferraro hut: guests must bring what needed for overnight and 1 change

Towel and linen: sheet bag liner + towel requested in Ferraro hut. if guests come without, Ferraro can supply disposable kit (5€ each kit). Ferraro strongly reccomend guests to come with their own equipment and avoid the use of disposables that makes garbage

Special food requirement: we ask client to warn us about their need with booking confirmation (allergies, intolerances, food preferences)

Accomodations: standard overnight is in double bed. guests are invited to specify with booking confirmation if they need separate beds (available in most facilities although not always)

Included Services

  • Half-board with lunchpack
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing in person
  • Printed maps
  • All towels and linen
  • Special food requirements
  • Flight
  • Travel insurance

What to bring

Equipment and clothing to bring for Alpine hikes and runs
We’ve compiled a list of essential items you’ll need to take on your 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)
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
Sleeping bag (on selected tours)

Nice to have:

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


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. We also offer guided group tours for individual participants on fixed dates.

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.


Ayas Valley

This tour at the foot of Monte Rosa massif will allow hikers to see and experience all the beauties of the Val d’Ayas. The first part of the trek goes up the valley until it reaches the Verra Glacier at the foot of Monte Rosa, the highest destination of the trek. The way back brings you through uncontaminated alpine landscapes full of flowered mountain meadows, deep blue lakes and Walser villages and leads you back to the starting point in Brusson.

Villages, panoramas and landscapes will remain impressed on your mind.
The variety and typicality of the places where sleeping and the restaurants will allow to fully enjoy the stay.

Total distance: 68.8 KM
H+: 3785
H-: 3657
Time: 4 hours


Day 1: Arrival in Abreny

Arrival with welcome, briefing and first overnight


Day 2: Abreny - Lavarets

First hiking day with the ascent from Brusson (1330 m) to arrive at high altitude through a forest of fir trees, the wood from which the typical wooden sabot shoes are made, once used habitually.
Hike with magnificent view of a series of Alpine peaks, including Montblanc, until the beautiful Barmasc plateau is reached where the cozy B&B Lavarets welcomes you.

Chambre D’Hotes Lavarets

  • 11 km
  •  730
  •  30
  •  3:50 – 4:50 hours.

Day 3: Lavarets - Ferraro

Hike from pastures to a real alpine environment up to the very small glacial lake Lechien at 2276 m, from which you can enjoy a view of rare beauty on the mountain massifs of Monte Rosa and Cervino, then crossing the old trade route from Val d’Ayas to Zermatt and reach the Ferraro refuge in the panoramic village of Résy. wood.

Rifugio Ferraro
  • 13.5 km
  •  718
  •  570
  • 4:30 hours.

Day 4: Ferraro - Aroulla

A very beautiful stretch of the Monte Rosa Tour runs through expanses of rhododendrons, a ski slope, lakes and various mountain pastures until Cuneaz, Another typical and beautiful summer settlement of the mountaineers where you spend the night in a typical Walser house.


  •  10.3 km
  •  620
  • 630
  •  4:10 hours.

Day 5: L'Aroulla-Mascognaz:

This is a full day at high altitude and above the tree line, first on Alta Via and challenging climbs where the view is great both on the valley and on the Monte Rosa and the whole alpine chain including the Matterhorn.
Then, hiking on a rocky path and through pastures, you descend into the Mascognaz Valley to arrive in one of the most exclusive locations in the Alps.

Hotellerie de Mascognaz

  •  9 km
  • 610
  • 840
  •  4 – 4:30 hours.

Day 6: Mascognaz-BarmaDrola

The hardest stage of the trek is worth the effort and will remain in your eyes and heart due to the many beautiful mountain lakes and beautiful views. From Mascognaz you go up through a beautiful glacial basin to the Palasinaz pass at 2668 m before descending towards the south with one splendid panorama after another. Pass the beautiful lakes Coliou and Pocia to arrive at the natural “amphitheater” of Estoul at 1879m where a beautifully restored B&B awaits you.

A Barma Drola
  • 13 km
  •  860
  • 862
  • 5.30 hours.

Day 7: Barma Drola-L'Abreny

The landscape changes during the last walk of the trek and will allow you to live other experiences: traditional villages, the castle of Graines before crossing the valley floor of the River Evancon. These are all scenarios from “Le Otto montagne”, the award-winning book by Paolo Cognetti.
Then go up up to Brusson where, above the beautiful lake, the trek ends with a last overnight stay in Brusson at B&B L’Abreny.

  • 12 km
  • 247
  • 725
  • 3:15 – 4 hours.

Day 8: Departure from Abreny

Breakfast and departure.

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