TOUR OF THE MONT AVIC LAKES
The tour of the lakes of Mont Avic, as evidenced by its name, takes place in the territory of the Mont Avic Natural Park, the first and only regional park of Aosta Valley, offering unique landscapes, like the vastest forest of mugho pines of this region, the peatlands and the endless lakes located on its territory.
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Overnight: 2 nights in huts (Barbustel and Dondena) with half board (dinner and breakfast).
Total elevation gain: about 3.000 m
Length: about 44 km
Kind of activity: group trekking in total autonomy with hiking guide and no luggage transport service during the activity
Altitude of the highest point of the trek: about 2.910 masl (Col Fussy)
Terrain characteristics: mountain trail with no technical difficulties. Scree close to the cols (Medzove, Etsely and Fussy)
Possible unexpected events: possible crossing of snow covered terrain
Trek confirmed with at least: 6 participants
The numerous lakes of glacial origin we find along the way
High altitude peatlands and ophiolitic environments
The vastest forest of mugho pines in Italy
The support of an Aosta Valley hiking guide throughout the whole trek
28th of August
Other treks can be planned on request for groups of at least 6 people
Difficulty of the trek:
An average of about 8 hour walk a day. Elevation gain of 650 to 1350 metres. A good level of fitness and health is required. Consider a good workout before the departure.
Minimum age: 16 years
In this 3-day trek with 2 overnights at Barbustel hut and Dondena hut, we walk through the valley of the creek Chalamy and the valley of Champorcher, admiring their most attractive natural beauties and landscapes. Specifically, the tour offers a panoramic view on their wonderful lakes: the sight of the lake of Servaz, surrounded by the forest of mugho pines, looking like a picture of the Canadian national parks, or the Grand Lac, the second
largest lake of Aosta Valley. Not to forget, the harsh environment of sheepbacks moulded by the erosive action of glaciers in a past age, or the breathtaking view on the massif of Mont Rose that we can often enjoy during this trek.
1st day Verres
Meeting the guide in Verres (at 13.00 o'clock) and transfer to Covarey (Champdepraz) using your own car (transfer NOT provided)
Explanation of the itinerary, check of the equipment and start of the hike
First day: Chevrère – Lac de Serva – Barbustel hut
The trek starts above the small church of Veulla (1.298 masl), where we take a farm track running on the floor of the valley of Chalamy to the hamlet Magazzino (1.461 masl). After we cross the creek originating from Lac Gelé, we go uphill towards the mountain pastures Serva-desòt (1.540 masl), and close to it we take the trail marked with the sign n° 5c which goes into the forest of mugho pines before getting to the lush basin of Lac de Serva (1.801 masl). We then head south on the right bank of the lake and climb the wood which has become sparser with steep switchbacks and finally get to a small valley characterised by some peat bogs, where we easily notice the white plumes of cotton grass. After we cross the creek Chalamy, we get to the mountain pastures of Cousse (2.059 masl) and then go on the flat on a marshy ground; we overcome some stretches of sheepbacks and reach Lac Blanc (2.154 masl), above which the Barbustel hut (2.200 masl) is situated.
4 hour walk
Elevation gain: 950 m
Elevation loss: 40 m
Kind of accommodation: in a hut (Barbustel) with half board (dinner and breakfast)
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2° giorno Rifugio Barbustel
Breakfast in hotel
Second day: Barbustel hut – Grand Lac - Col Medzove – Col Etsely – Col Fussy – Misérin hut – Dondena hut
From the Barbustel hut (2.200 masl) we follow the trail 5c, we took the day before, and go westwards to Lac Cornu. After we overcome a steep rocky side, we reach Gran Lac (2.485 masl), the second largest natural basin of Aosta Valley. The trail runs along the northern shore of the lake and reaches the park rangers' hut. We leave on our right the local path n°6 and follow the trail 5c-102 going westwards uphill to Col Medzove (2.613 masl). We then go downhill on the scree and quickly reach Lac de Mezove (2.372 masl) where the ascent to Col d'Etsely (2.812 masl) begins. From here we follow the local path n°5a which leads to Col Fussy (2.910 masl) without losing too much altitude, on the watershed ridge between the valleys of Champorcher and Clavalité. From Col Fussy we follow first the local trail 8c and then trail 8 which cuts across the hillside on the left orographic side of the high valley of Champorcher and goes south-west to Lac Pontonnet, situated in a glacial basin at 2.207 masl. We walk through high altitude mountain pastures, where marmots can often be seen and get to the amazing basin of Lake Miserin, with its typical hut built on its right shore. We reach the Dondena hut, the final goal of this long day walk, walking downhill on the regional trail Alta Via n°2, which, in this stretch, coincides with the old royal hunting track.
9 hour walk
Elevation gain: 1350 m
Elevation loss: 1330 m
Kind of accommodation: half board at Dondena hut (dinner and breakfast)
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3rd day Dondena hut
Breakfast in the hut
Third day: Dondena hut – Lac Muffé – Col de la Croix – Léser- Dessus - Veulla
We leave the Dondena hut and walk down to the car park of the farm track coming from Cort, where there is a big explanatory panel about the park, and we take the local path 9c going up to Lac Giasset (2.306 masl). From here, a steep ascent leads us to a small col at 2.407 masl, where we can enjoy an amazing view on the basin of Dondena. We keep going down and get to Lac de Raty (2.284 masl); after we cross a small wetland, we reach the Raty damon hut first (2.277 masl) and then the alpine hut of Raty di for. We go through a rocky outcrop until we reach a small col marked by a visible cairn at 2.270 masl, after which we soon get to Lac Vernouille. From here we quickly reach lake Muffé, where a refreshment bar is located. We take the trail n°10 leading to the Colle del Lago Bianco, and leave it soon after, at the fork with the local trail n°10c. The latter leads to Col de la Croix (2.286 masl), in a beautiful landscape characterized by the presence of numerous water holes with a stunning view on the Matterhorn and the Mont Rose massif. After we cross the municipality border between Champorcher and Champdepraz, we start going down a path that makes its way among the rhododendrons until we cross the local route 5 coming from Veulla. Then we overcome a panoramic rocky bastion and we reach lake Leser (2.011 masl), an amazing lake basin surrounded by wetlands (peat bogs), characterised by very rare species. From the lake we get into the wood and go down following the trail sign n°5, we pass through the alpine huts of Léser-Dessus (1.907 masl) and Léser-Dessous (1.778 masl), then we quickly lose altitude and get to the bridge that crosses Chalamy creek, after which we walk a short stretch of a farm track and finally reach Veulla, our final goal of this gorgeous three-day itinerary.
7 hour walk
Elevation gain: 650 m
Elevation loss: 1550 m
Transfer from Covarey to Verres
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The above mentioned programmes are given for guidance and can 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 weather conditions or for the safety of the group.
Cost per person:
28th of August - 250 €
The enrolment fee includes:
The technical support of a hiking guide throughout the excursion
A third-party liability insurance for accidents due to the negligent behaviour of the guide
2 overnights in a hut with half board (dinner and breakfast) – Kind of room: 2 nights in a hut with dormitory of 6 to 15 people according to the hut
The enrolment fee does NOT include:
personal equipment and gear
travel costs to get to the meeting point on the first day
not mentioned food and drinks (packed lunch bought in the hut)
extra drinks in the hut
local tourist tax
anything not mentioned at “the enrolment 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 multi-day treks
Backpack of 40-50 litres
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)
3 Spare t-shirts
Long sleeved t-shirt
Tights to use if it is cold and to wear as night clothes
Waterproof shell jacket (Gore-tex, pac-lite fabric)
Backpack rain cover if not integrated in the backpack itself
Personal hygiene products (toothpaste, shower gel, etc.)
Water bottle/thermos + snack (like cereal bars, chocolate)
Sleeping bag liner for the hut
Sandals or trainers (for the hut)
Personal pharmacy kit (painkillers, compeed, aspirin)
Sign up: within 7 days before the starting date of the hike you have chosen (if the minimum number of participants is reached: n°6 participants) buying the ticket directly from our online ticket shop and paying the full price in advance, or sending a 30% deposit by bank transfer to this account IBAN IT83D0306901205100000112787 and paying cash the remaining amount at the end of the activity.
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