F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)
Why to hike with a guide?
Hiking, just like other mountain activities, is not free of risks. It is definitely important to be able to count on a prepared and competent guide! If you hire a hiking guide, you rely on a mountain professional who knows and can apply basic safety and first aid rules during an excursion in the mountains. Furthermore, the guide will help you understand and “read” the landscape surrounding you and suggest you some points of reflection and analysis about what you will see during the excursion.
How many people do take part in the tours?
A number of people varying from 2 to 15 take part in each guided excursion, depending on the kind of activity, on safety and conviviality between the participants. Exceptionally, groups of 20 people may be formed if the people involved all belong to the same group of friends and/or family and only if it is possible with that kind of activity. For the most demanding hikes, the Guide will tell you the maximum number of participants who can take part in the excursion, to ensure the maximum level of safety for the group.
How much are the tours?
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Shall I book in advance?
Yes, you must book in advance your tour. You can book by email or by phone, preferably 2-3 days before the planned start date. It is also possible to book the day before, but we cannot guarantee there will be places available. For multy-day hikes instead, you must book at least 15 days before the start date, in order to be able to better organize the excursion and for logistic reasons related to the reservation of huts, especially in high season.
Can I choose a specific itinerary rather than those offered?
Yes it is possible, but after you have discuss it with the guide and checked if it is really possible to do the excursion in a given period (weather, the presence of snow, etc.) and if your ability (fitness and experience) are suitable for that itinerary.
I have booked a tour, what do I need to bring?
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I have booked a tour, where do we meet?
The meeting point is described on the sheet of each activity and is in any case confirmed when you make the booking. You will be contacted the day before the excursion to reconfirm all agreed conditions. The guide will not be held responsible for any incidents which occur during the journey, by car or on foot, to the starting point of the excursion.
And if it’s bad weather?
The guide will inform you about the weather the day before the tour at the latest, keeping the right to cancel the excursion and/or to suggest an alternative activity. If the hike is cancelled because of bad weather, another date will be proposed.
During the tour, can I stop the activity and leave the group?
When taking part to an activity, you agree to comply with the safety rules issued and if you decide to leave the activity without the consent of the guide, you do it under your own responsibility and you will not be refunded.
Am I covered by insurance during an activity ?
A third-party liability insurance covers the guide responsible for the activity for the damages he may cause to his clients if the letter is involved in an accident due to the negligence of the guide.
What’s the best period for hiking in Aosta Valley?
There isn’t an answer to this question… Actually, every season has its advantages and disadvantages:
In winter months (December, January and February), days are shorter and temperatures lower, but it is also the moment with better snow, when you can enjoy enchanting snowy landscapes;
In spring months (March, April, May), the sun is warmer and the temperatures milder but the quality of snow is lower… in the meadows where the snow has already melted snowdrops and primula sprout… the marmots wake up… days are much longer;
In summer months (June, July, August), high altitudes pastures are lush, you can observe grazing animals and do high altitude hikes;
In autumn months (September, October November) although days are shorter again and despite a brisk morning air, the changing colours of the forest, ranging from yellow to red, in contrast with the white of first snow on the mountain peaks and with the deep blue sky of this season are really amazing !
How many kilometres have we walked?
I am often asked this question, but I think it makes little sense for those who hike: in fact, when walking on a steep path, what really matters about difficulties is the elevation gain. For example, in summer it is estimated that a group of people “normally” trained can walk with an elevation gain of more than 250-300 metres per hour, stops included. It is important to keep a steady pace not to get too tired and to limit to the maximum the stops to catch your breath! In winter the climb speed can vary a lot according to the quality of snow: a wet and heavy snow will slow your pace a lot and you will walk twice as long as with dry snow.
In the technical sheets describing our tours, you will find the length of each itinerary downloaded from the portal “Geo-navigation system” of the Autonomous Region of Aosta Valley.