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Watching Wildlife in the Alps

Vallée d'Aoste - Italy

Period :

June to September

Price :

From 269 €

Difficulty :

Physical Condition :

Technical level :

Group :

From 8 to 15 personnes

Duration :

3 jours

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Three days to get near to the herds of chamois and ibexes of the most beautiful National Park of the Alps. Accommodation by the comfortable Vittorio Sella hut (hot showers), in a splendid mountain pasture dominated by peaks and glaciers.

ROUTE : Day 1) Meeting Place : Valnontey parking at 11.45 am. From this typical Italian village, height 5,564 feet, we follow the easy mule path going up to Vittorio Sella hut, through nice larch trees forests. After one hour walking, we have pic-nic at the old mountain pasture of Toule, where, maybe, we will see the first chamois of the day. In the afternoon, going up close to the waterfalls of Gran Lauson torrent, the footpath leads us to Vittorio Sella hut, height 8,478 feet, built below the first slopes of Gran Serraz and Lauson peaks. After settling in the hut, we have a short walk in the surrounding aera to approach ibexes and marmots. Night by the hut. Duration of the stage : 3 hours. Difference of level : 2,914 feet up, 0 feet down. Day 2) With light back-packs, walk to the areas of Lauson's pass and Rousse pass, where we have the best chances to approach the ibexes herds. Observation and photography. We will come back to Vittorio Sella hut by the end of the afternoon. Night by the hut. Duration of the stage : between 2 and 4 hours. Difference of level : between 1,000 and 2,000 feet up, idem down. Day 3) We follow the nearly horizontal path of Herbetet, a superb route dominating the Val Nontey, facing "Coupé di money" and Tribolazione glaciers. The path goes along Lauson lake, and the old mountain pastures of Pian di Ressello and Herbetet, where we have good chances to approach marmots and ibexes. Descent to Erfaulet bridge, where we may see chamois. Pic-nic, and descent through Val Nontey forests till Valnontey parking. Duration of the stage : 5 hours. Difference of level : 1,050 feet up, 3,963 feet down. Separation at Valnontey parking by mid-afternoon.

* The price includes : - guiding by a mountain Guide, and all his expenses (food, lodgings, transfers) - the following group equipment: radio linked to the relief organization, pharmacy, survival blanket, maps, compass, GPS, altimeter - free roundtrip shuttle from Geneva airport for the 4 first registered participants - the reservation of the places in Vittorio Sella mountain hut - lodging and half-board in Vittorio Sella mountain hut from Day 1 dinner included to Day 3 breakfast included (dinner and breakfast are prepared and served by the hut-keepers) * The price does not include : - optional insurances EUROP ASSISTANCE - your lunchs (pic-nics) - your drinks in the hut - your personal expenses - the personal equipment required for this tour - transfer from your residence to Valnontey, and from Valnontey to your residence - generally speaking, all the expenses not indicated in the paragraph " the price includes "

Your clothes : * for your head : - a scarf - a balaclava or a high quality woollen hat - a cap for the sun - a pair of high quality sun glasses * for your upper body : - a T-shirt - a warm long sleeve shirt (wool, or light polar fur) - a thick and warm polar fur, or a high quality pullover sweater - to protect you from the wind or from the rain : a Goretex mountaineering jacket, with a hood (you may use a high quality windproof and waterproof skiing jacket) * for your legs : - light cotton mountaineering trousers (to wear in the hut, or while walking on the footpaths) - windproof and waterproof Goretex trousers (you may use high quality windproof and waterproof skiing trousers) * for your feet : - two pairs of woollen socks, a pair of cotton socks * for your hands : - a pair of silk undergloves - a pair of good quality mountaineering gloves (you may use high quality skiing gloves), waterproof and windproof ___________________________________________________ In your mountaineering backpack : - additional underwear - tooth paste, tooth brush, light razor, soap and shampoo, towel - large plastic bags to store your clothes in your backpack in case of rain (no backpack is perfectly hermetic) - a very light LED Head Lamp. Place a new alkaline battery in your head lamp, and bring with you an additional battery.- to sleep in the huts, do not bring a sleeping bag. The hutkeeper will deliver you woollen blankets. - bring a silk or cotton fitted sheet (obligation imposed by the hut-keeper). - a water bottle ( 1.5 liter minimum ), light, isothermal (thermos) - a pocket knife - sun cream, lipstick - medicines : "Compeed" to prevent blisters, Aspirins, eye-drop lotion, earplugs (many people snore in the huts !), personal drugs, elastic adhesive wrap (3-Cut tape) - a survival blanket (made of aluminium) - a hermetic bag containing : your passport, Euros (for your drinks in the huts; most of the huts do not accept Visa or American Express Cards), your Alpine Club Card (if you are a member of this Club, tell it to your guide ) - camera, video-recorder - a pair of binoculars ___________________________________________________ Technical equipment : - a mountaineering backpack with a volume between 40 and 50 liters. For your comfort, your backpack should have broad and comfortable straps to carry it. - a pair of high-quality waterproof hiking boots, with Vibram soles. We advise you to test your boots before your departure, and to protect the zones of friction on your feet with "Compeed". - a pair of light mountaineering gaiters - telescopic walking sticks, if you are used to bring them when you hike

Two nights at Sella hut, in dormitory, with hot shower.

YOUR LEVEL - technical level : you are used to walk through hills and low-altitude mountains. - fitness level : you are in good condition (you practise sports twice a week).