Valley of Bardoney - Lake Loie
Loop trail in the heart of the Gran Paradiso national park
We leave the village of Lillaz (1.605 masl), we follow the regional trail “Alta Via n°2” going through a long wooded stretch and reach the point where it crosses the local path 13G (about 2.150 masl), just before the place called Teppe Londze. From here we can easily get to Alp Bardoney (2.245 masl), situated on the floor of the Bardoney valley, after a 3/3.30-hour walk from the starting point in Lillaz. We have our packed lunch at the above mentioned mountain pasture. We then head north-west to the glacial basin where Lake Loie is situated (2.346 masl). The view from here stretches 180 degrees from the valleys of Bardoney and Urtier, to the village of Lillaz and then, looking north-west to the Mont Blanc massif. We then go back to the starting point after a steep descent through a conifer wood above the village of Lillaz.
Estimated journey time: about 7 hours (lunch stop included)
Meeting point and time: 8.30 a.m. at the car park in the village of Lillaz
Elevation gain: about 900 m
Length: about 11,5 km
Kind of activity: group trekking with hiking guide
Altitude of the highest point of the trek: 2.400 masl (trail Valley of Bardoney – Lake Loie)
Terrain characteristics: mountain trail with no specific technical difficulties
Minimum number of participants to this excursion:5
Every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) from mid June to end of September. The booking must be submitted within the 24 hours before the start date of the hike you have chosen.
Other treks can be planned on request for groups of at least 5 people.
Difficulty of the hike:
E= hiker according to the hike difficulty rating scale of CAI. A fair level of fitness and health is required. Consider a minimum of workout before the departure.
Minimum age: 10 years
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The programme of the tour may be modified for reasons not attributable to the organization (bad weather conditions, technical level of the participants, etc.). The guide reserves the right to change the itinerary according to the weather conditions or for the safety of the group.
Cost per person: 25 €
The enrolment fee includes:
the support of a hiking guide throughout the excursion
a third-party liability insurance for accidents due to the negligent behaviour of the guide
The enrolment fee does NOT include:
personal equipment and gear
travel costs to get to the meeting point
food and drinks (packed lunch)
anything not mentioned at “the enrollment fee includes”
in case of change of itinerary for reasons not attributable to the organization (bad weather conditions, technical level of the participants, etc.) the unforeseen expenses will be charged to the participants.
Equipment list for one-day hikes
Backpack of 30 litres max
Clothes to wear:
T-shirt (preferably of breathable fabric, like microfibre)
Hiking socks (not short socks)
Wind stopper jacket
Inside the backpack:
Mountain trousers (Schoeller, soft shell fabric)
Waterproof shell jacket (Gore-tex, pac-lite fabric)
Backpack rain cover if not integrated in the backpack itself
Water bottle/thermos + snack (like cereal bars, chocolate)
Personal pharmacy kit (painkillers, compeed, aspirin)
Sign up: within the 24 hours before the start date of the hike you have chosen, by email or by phone at +39 333.7373636
..there’s a whole valley to discover between you and me!