Winter Walking in the Italian Alps

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Trip code: 
CAG
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Winter
Min age:
16
Group size:
5–15

Discover spectacular landscapes of the Alps in northwest Italy

Located in the Graian Alps between the Aosta Valley and Piedmont regions, Gran Paradiso National Park is an ideal place for winter walking. The beautiful Italian national park includes a large territory of high mountains, from the 800 metres of the valley bottom to the 4061 metres of Gran Paradiso peak, all forming spectacular scenery. Glaciers, rocks, larch and fir woodlands, wild alpine grasslands, and the numerous valleys provide an ideal setting and are home to more than 1000 mountain-dwelling species including ibex, wild goat, marmot and chamois. A real paradise for walkers with a base in Cogne, considered to be the “heart” of Gran Paradiso, with a rich historical and cultural presence and dramatic views.

Highlights

  • Extensive network of trails
  • Local culture and traditional cuisine
  • Pretty Italian villages and cosy mountain cafes

Key information

  • 5 days guided winter walking
  • 7 nights 3-star family-run hotel
  • Leisurey/Moderate walking on prepared tracks
  • Altitude maximum 2100m, average 1700m
  • No previous experience needed

What's included

  • 7 nights at the 3* Hotel du Grand Paradis in Cogne
  • 5 days of guided winter walking
  • Walking poles, crampons
  • Airport transfers (for group flights only)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation - (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Days of Winter
Pace:

Leisurely/Moderate

Day by day breakdown
Day 210.0km/6.0miles
Day 39.0km/5.5miles
Day 411.0km/6.8miles
Day 69.0km/5.5miles
Day 712.0km/7.4miles

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Itinerary

Cogne
to
Cogne
  • Day 1

    Start Cogne.

    Your holiday begins at the comfortable alpine hotel in Cogne. Those making their own way to the hotel should aim to arrive late morning to early afternoon for a pre-dinner briefing from your walking leader.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Walking directly from the hotel, head south, in the direction of the Gran Paradiso National Park.

    This morning we start our first walk, heading towards Gran Paradiso National Park, the first national park to be established in Italy. On the way back to Cogne there will be possibility to stop in the small village of Valnontey for a hot drink in a cosy cafe.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Walk from the hotel up to the village of Gimillan, through the old Magnetite mine village.

    The views of the Grand Paradiso National Park are spectacular from Gimillan. We stop here for a break before we continue, (depending on the snow conditions), for a balcony walk with views of the Mont Blanc. We can return either by foot or by public bus.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Follow the river to Lillaz, a village in the far east of the region and famous for its spectacular waterfall.

    Today we start from the hotel and enjoy a delightful walk along the river to Lillaz, a beautiful village nestled at the far east of the region. Lillaz is famous for its dramatic waterfall, which we visit, and on which when in good conditions, ice climbers enjoy climbing. After a stop in one of the local we return to our hotel by public bus.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Free day to enjoy optional activities, explore the area or simply relax at the hotel.

    Today is a free day for optional activities or sightseeing. Your leader will be able to advise you of possible walking routes or you can try cross-country skiing or downhill skiing!  Alternatively, you may choose to spend the day in Cogne to visit the Gerard Dayne house, which is a good example of traditional local architecture, the Gran Paradiso National Park house (Foundation Paradis) or the Iron mine museum. It should also be possible to take a public bus to Aosta (approx. EUR 7 each way), to explore the charming Italian town, which is the capital of the Valle d'Aosta region. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Take a short bus transfer to Gimillan to begin a beautiful balcony walk down to Epinel.

    After a short walk we transfer to Gimillan by public bus and enjoy a nice balcony walk mainly downhill to Epinel. During this walk we will see spectacular views of the Grivola mountain and the south side of the Gran Paradiso National Park. We return to Cogne by public bus.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    After a short bus transfer, walk in the heart of the national park, along the Valnontey stream.

    In the morning we take a short transfer by public bus to Valnontey and walk right in the park along the Valnontey stream, surrounded by beautiful mountain vistas. We return to Cogne by public bus.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Cogne.

    Following breakfast we say our goodbyes.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Italy

No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

7 breakfasts and 4 dinners included.

A varied and rich buffet of sweet and savoury breakfast goods, made using the best local produce including ham, cheese, yoghurts, the coffee cakes, cereals fruits, many sorts of local jam, different juice, and eggs are offered daily.
Dinners usually include a buffet starter, main course and buffet desert.

Weather

At this height snow can lie from December to mid-March, with fresh snowfalls at any time. Average daytime temperatures in winter are around -7ºC, though they can fall as low as -15ºC with approximately 8 to 10 hours of daylight. At all times of the winter you can hope for periods of clear bright weather and in February and March it can become surprisingly warm in the sun. Equally, at all times you need to be ready for the occasional stormy day.

Is this trip for you?

Grade 2 - Leisurely/Moderate, no previous experience required, but a reasonable level of fitness is necessary.

Winter walking is ideal for those who want an active week in magnificent scenery, but are not tempted by snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. The emphasis is on relatively gentle walking at a relaxed pace, with plenty of time to admire the scenery. We walk mostly on paths and forest tracks, many of which are cleared or rolled after new snowfall. While there may be some walking in unprepared snow, winter walking weeks do not use snowshoes.
Each day the leader will carefully assess the situation and choose the route according to current conditions and those forecast, with the over-riding priority being group safety. Our leaders are required not to proceed with any proposed route (including those mentioned in brochure or trip notes) if they believe the risk to be too high.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotel du Grand Paradis 3*

Our base for seven nights will be Hotel du Grand Paradis in Cogne. This charming 3* boutique hotel was built at the end of 19th century, and it offers an alpine atmosphere. It is located near the mountains and has a spa, with a sauna, jacuzzi and hammam.

All rooms are en-suite and equipped with hair dryers, in-room safe and free WiFi.  

Accommodation is based on two people sharing. Single rooms are available for a supplement (please check price and availability with our sales team). There may be some double rooms for single use available on occasion, please check with us for prices and availability.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936