6, 9 days
Half board with Lunchpack
Luggage transfer
Tour type
Dog friendly

Get ready for an extraordinary hiking experience in the heart of the Italian Alps, as you traverse the Gressoney Valley, also known as the Valley of Lys. Named after the meandering Lys River, this remarkable valley is the longest in the Aosta Region. During this journey, you’ll have the opportunity to savor the unique blend of Italian landscapes, from picturesque vineyards in Donnas to authentic mountain villages, imposing glaciers, and awe-inspiring vistas of the majestic Monte Rosa.

Tour Highlights:

  • Epic alpine hiking: Covering a distance of 8-15 km per day and ascending up to 1300 meters in vertical gain, this tour caters to hikers with a moderate level of experience. Expect reasonable daily distances that allow you to fully appreciate the breathtaking surroundings, all while carrying only a daypack.
  • Mountain refuge bliss: As you embark on this hiking adventure, you’ll rest your head in cozy, small mountain refuges where the local hosts will ensure you feel at home. Each evening, tantalize your taste buds with traditional dishes and delicacies, complemented by a wide selection of local wines.
  • Carefree exploration: Say goodbye to logistical concerns. This package includes half board with breakfast, a lunch package for your daily hike, and a three-course dinner in the evenings. Comprehensive maps and luggage transport between cabins are also provided, allowing you to relish every moment of the magnificent landscapes with utmost ease.

Moreover, for your convenience, all preparations are taken care of, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience. From the moment you arrive, you can relish a splendid dinner and a restful night’s sleep.

Get ready to explore the wonders of the Lys Valley, and experience the heart of the Italian Alps like never before. With vineyards, villages, and glaciers, this journey promises a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural charm, and unforgettable memories in one of Italy’s most captivating regions.

Included Services

  • Half-board with lunchpack
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing
  • Maps
  • Service helpline
  • Flight
  • Travel insurance

Getting there

Nearest Airport: Turin, Caselle / Milano, Malpensa

Nearest Train Station: Pont St Martin (AO)

Shuttle Service Website:

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 Italy 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 Italy 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 Italy 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 Italy 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 Italy 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.



Day 1: Arrival

Arrival in Pont Saint Martin and check in at hotel. Dinner and briefing with our local guide in the evening. Enjoy an evening in this historical town nestled by the Lys River, as it flows from the Glaciers of Monte Rosa and into the Aosta Valley.
You will be able to park your car safely, and at the end of your hike, we will arrange a transfer back to the start.

Day 2: Pont Saint Martin to L'Etoiles du Berger

Hiking up the beginning of the valley, you will cross an ancient roman bridge and pass by the many small vineyards covering the lower mountains in this part of the Lys Valley.
  • 11 km
  •  1370
  • 300
  •  5.15 to 8.30 hours.

Day 3: L'Etoiles du Berger to Le Soleil

A magnificent first step in an alpine environment.  After the Col Portola, the wild environment and the first glimpse of the Monte Rosa chain accompany you along the mountain pastures.
  • 7,2 km
  •  600
  •  584
  •  3.10 to 5 hours.

Day 4: Le Soleil to Rif. Barma

In the heart of the Mont Mars Nature Reserve, you hike along part of the picturesque route. where a procession devoted to the Black Madonna has taken place every 5 years since 1500 AD. The power of the nature, Mont Mars and the possibility of a refreshing in the mountain lakes near the refuge makes this an unforgettable experience.
Hotel:Rifugio La Barma
  • 6.8 km
  •  910
  •  280
  •  3.20 to 5.20 hours.

Day 5: Rif. Barma to La Gruba

This stage is for experienced hikers in good shape. Overcoming the challenges of this stretch, you will be rewarded with a spectacular landscape. Less experienced hikers will be able to chose an easier path, which can be planned during the initial briefing.
Hotel:Rifugio La Gruba
  • 15.8 km
  •  1090
  •  1575
  •  6.30 to 10.30 hours.

Day 6: La Gruba to La Cialvrina

On this stretch, you officially enter the land of the Walsers: The characteristic wooden chalets and the nature shaped by this age-old culture has already seen in parts along the decent of the beautiful Vallone of Loo. In the distance, you will now notice the snowcladden peaks of the Monte Rosa massif.
  • 14.7 km
  •  1130
  • 1030
  •  6.00 to 9.30 hours.

Day 7: Rif. Alpenzu to Anderbatt

This is a very easy stage taking you through the main town of Gressoney-la-Trinité. Here you can also visit the Walser museum, and perhaps stock on supplies.
  • 7.3 km
  •  314
  • 315
  •  2.30 to 4.00 hours.

Day 8: Anderbatt to Orestes Hutte

This is the stage that finally leads to the great glaciers of Monte Rosa. The climb follows the right side of the deep Moos Valley. In the central part, parts of the trail may not be very visible. When reaching the top, the Monte Rosa Massif will present itself in all its grandeur.
Hotel:Orestes Hutte
  • 7.5 km
  •  840
  •  0
  •  3.00 to 5.50 hours.

Day 9: Orestes Hutte to Staffal

After breakfast, you will return to Staffal at the bottom of the valley, where your transfer will be waiting to take you back to start.

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