Winter Walking - Cogne - 18 January

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From 18 years old - Group size: 

Accomodation: Standard 

Saturday 18 - Saturday 25 January 2020
Difficulty: Leisurely
This trip is center based in the lovely alpine village of Cogne at the border of the Gran Paradiso National Park. Paradise for the hikers in the summer it is also a place ideal for winter walking by the variety of walks possible, the numerous valleys around Cogne and the amazing views of Gran Paradiso. Transfers to meet times of Ryanair Dublin-Turin flights.


Cogne Snowshoeing trip

Day 1 : ARRIVAL.
Pick up at Turin airport, welcome by your guide for the week and transfer to Cogne - Aosta (2h30 minutes).
Cogne lies at the confluence of the rivers Valnontey and Urtier some 1534 meters above sea level. It is, therefore, an ideal point to base yourself for discovering the Gran Paradiso National Park.
With the huge choice of snowshoeing routes and mountain sides, around Cogne and its multiple valleys we will easily find the best snow conditions.
Transfer to your family run 3 star “Hotel du Grand Paradis” in Cogne. This hotel offers nice rooms, a bar and a jacuzzi and is ideally located right in the centre of Cogne.
Dinner included.

Day 2 : Cogne Valnontey
Today, you start from the hotel and will walk south in the direction of the Grand Paradiso National park.
In 1856, the king Vittorio Emanuele III created a conservation area to protect the ibex that was about to be extinct. Then in 1922, the area was extended and the first Italian National park was officially created. Possibility to stop at a cafe in Valnontey on the way back.
Walk: Walk to the National Park     120 m ascent – 10 km distance
Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch not included.

Day 3 : Gimillian Village
Walk from the hotel up to the village of Gimillian through the old Magnetite mine village. Once a the Gimillian the views of the Grand Paradiso national park are amazing and you can stop there for a drink. Then continue the walk depending on the snow conditions for a balcony walk with views of Mont Blanc. The return can be done either by foot or by public bus.
Walk: 220 m ascent – 9 km distance
Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner not Included.

Day 4 : Cogne Lillaz
Today you will start from the hotel also and will enjoy a really nice walk along the river to Lillaz, a really nice village nested at the extreme East of the region. Lillaz is very famous for its spectacular water fall, which we will visit, and on which when in good conditions, ice climbers enjoy climbing. The return to Cogne is by Public bus after a stop in one on the local cafe in Lillaz for a hot drink!
Walk: 150 m ascent – 11 km
Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner not included.

Day 5 : Free Day
Many optional activities are possible in Cogne:
Spend the day in Cogne at your own pace, visit the shops around, the Gerard Dayne house to discover the local architecture, the Gran Paradiso National Park house (Foundation Paradis), the Iron mine museum or the fabulous Gran Paradiso National. You can also try cross country skiing or downhill skiing!
Finally you can also go to Aosta for a visit of this really nice Italian town (Public bus for around 7€ each way).
Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner not included.

Day 6 : Cogne to Epinel
After a short transfer to Gimilian by public bus, enjoy a nice balcony walk mainly downhill to Epinel. During this walk you will enjoy views of the Grivola peak mountain and the south side of the Gran Paradiso national park. Return by bus to Cogne.
Walk: 50 m ascent – 9 km
Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch not included.

Day 7: Walk beyond Valmontey
For your last day you will enjoy a walk right in the park. Short transfer by bus in the morning to Valnontey and walk walk right in the park along the Valnontey stream, a really nice ambiance at the feet of high mountains on this walk! Return to Cogne by public bus.
Walk: 150 m ascent – 12 km
Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch not included.

Day 8 .: FAREWELL!
Transfer to Turin airport in the morning.
Breakfast included. Lunch not included.

Dates

Package price per person

18-25 January 2020

€995




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