If you love the mountain and at the same time the adventure, the Aosta Valley is the place for you.
This region, in fact, is rich in valleys that can satisfy your needs: from the pursuit of tranquility to the strong emotions of trekking.
Especially for the latters, Valsavarenche can be an ideal destination.
As it is undoubtedly the wildest of the valleys of Aosta Valley.
24 km long and surrounded by particularly wooded slopes, this valley is located in the Gran Paradiso National Park and is dominated by the imposing massif, the only “over 4000” (4061 meters, ed) in Italian territory.
A long and impressive ridge of mountains on the eastern side – which sees the Herbetet and the Grivola as the main peaks – divides it at the culmination point (the Gran Paradiso) from the Cogne Valley.
Less imposing is the mountain group that separates the Valsavarenche from the Rhemes Valley, where however there are important peaks like Mont Taou Blanc and Punta Bioula.
The valley is crossed by the Savara torrent, right tributary of Dora Baltea and main stream of water in the area: it is right the Savara that gives the characteristic name to this valley.
Valsavarenche is very popular with hikers
Just for the beauty and charm of its landscapes, along with the practicability of its trails, : there are numerous routes that can be covered, starting from those at the Chabod, Vittorio Emanuele II and Savoia refuges, and at the Colle del Nivolet.
Many of these trails, still used today, were made by the Savoy who loved to hunt in these areas (Orvieille’s hunting lodge is very famous).
Of course, thanks to the presence of many high peaks, Valsavarenche in winter becomes the perfect destination for all those who love cross-country skiing.
The various refuges mentioned above are extremely welcoming and facilitate the overnight stay of the various hikers and mountaineers who travel to the Valley.
Valsavarenche is also the name of the scattered municipality located in this enchanting valley of Aosta Valley: in the hamlet of Degioz it is possible to visit the visitor center, within which is set up an exhibit on predators and lynx, where its rapid disappearance and the slow recolonization of the Alpine territory are described.
Always in the village of Degioz, do not miss a visit to the parish church dedicated to the Madonna del Carmine dating back to 1483, which Umberto I of Savoy rebuilt at his expense.
Finally, a last ‘tip’ for amusement and fun: if you go to these parts in the middle of August you could come across the “Festa del Civet”, with the Valsavarenche meat as protagonist, cooked in the strict local tradition.