Thumel - Grand Vaudalaz mountain pasture - Benevolo hut


We leave the hamlet of Thumel (1.879 masl) and walk for about 15 minutes on the first stretch of the easy trail leading to the Benevolo hut, until we get to a fork at 1.980 masl, situated after a bridge on the creek Foss. Here we start the loop trek shown in the attached map which follows the trail n°12, cross the Dora di Rhêmes on a wooden gangplank and go into the valley of Grand Vaudalaz creek. After a steep hill, we reach a plain where the alpine hut of Grand Vaudalaz is situated (2.243 masl). Soon after, we get to a fork and take the path n° 13A on the right, which cuts across the hillside on the left orographic side of the valley, and then go downhill on the alpine meadow-pastures  situated above the Benevolo hut (2.285 masl), where we stop for lunch. The way back is along the classic trail connecting the Benevolo hut to the valley floor where the village of Thumel is located.



In short:

  • Estimated journey time: about 6 hours (lunch stop included)

  • Meeting point and time: 9.30 a.m. at the car park in the hamlet of Thumel (1.879 masl)

  • Elevation gain: about 500 m

  • Length: about 10 km

  • Kind of activity: group trekking with hiking guide

  • Altitude of the highest point of the trek: 2.420 masl (watershed ridge between the valley of Grand Vaudalaz and the main valley)

  • Terrain characteristics:  mountain trail. Exposed section between Benevolo hut and Alpe Grand Vaudalaz

  • Minimum number of participants to this excursion: 5



Scheduled hikes:

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:


Hiking boots

Mountain shorts

T-shirt (preferably of breathable fabric, like microfibre)

Hiking socks (not short socks)

Sun cap/bandana


Wind stopper jacket


Inside the backpack:

Mountain trousers (Schoeller, soft shell fabric)

Spare t-shirt

Waterproof shell jacket (Gore-tex, pac-lite fabric)

Rain cape

Backpack rain cover if not integrated in the backpack itself

Wool hat


Water bottle/thermos + snack (like cereal bars, chocolate)


Trekking poles



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


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