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Alta Via no. 1

The giants path: high altitude trekking amidst Europe's highest summits
The mountain, by its very nature, presents a number of dangers (falling stones, adverse weather conditions, exposed areas...), so anyone who frequents it must be aware of the risks, and must exercise caution and common sense and adopt all the necessary preventive measures (choosing the appropriate route and equipment, finding out about the weather conditions, etc...). The high mountain hiking routes can be tackled from July to September. 
Alta Via Trail 1, known as the Alta Via dei Giganti, or “the giants’ trail”, is a trekking route through incomparable scenery, across the foothills of some of the highest peaks in Europe such as Monte Rosa, the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. This itinerary offers, alongside some superb examples of natural alpine architecture (including the elegant pyramid of the Matterhorn), matchless specimens of rural architecture that are inextricably linked with the life of the alpine pasturelands, such as the traditional Walser buildings in the Gressoney Valley and the upper reaches of the Ayas Valley. Tracing its path through the mountains to the left of the River Dora Baltea, Alta Via Trail 1 can be walked
by anyone since it follows well-marked footpaths, with an average width of 80 cm, that are fully signposted. The trekker who is an experienced mountain walker will be able to walk its whole length, while those who wish to try out its footpaths as a first experience will also be able to walk the short, lower altitude stretches. The route leads from Donnas to Courmayeur, with 17 daily stages that require 3-5 hours walking time each, offering stopping points for all needs: camping sites, huts, refuges, hotels and hostels. The routes descend into the valley at the end of almost every stage, where it is possible to use the services provided by each of the villages or interrupt your journey and return to the central valley by bus.
The route can be walked in the summer months and crosses medium and high altitude mountain areas, through meadows and pasturelands, woodlands and rocky outcrops, maintaining an average altitude of around 2,000 m. and often touching almost 3,000 m (on Col Malatrà the route reaches 2,925 m.). The immense natural beauty of these surroundings that bear witness to the respect and equilibrium of the local farming traditions in the use of territorial resources, and the superb backdrop of the high mountains whose names resound through the annals of history, provide a setting which the trekker can only admire and enjoy.
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 Stop off  Town Altitude   Time A-B   Time B-A
Information Point Bank Restaurant Ski lifts Post and Telegraph Camping Pharmacy Physician Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
1 Donnas 330 2:25 1:55
Bank Restaurant Post and Telegraph Physician Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
Perloz 663 3:10 2:30
Restaurant Grocery Bus Bed Church
S. Margherita 1250
Bed
      5:35   4:25  
2 S.Margherita 1250 4:15 3:10
Bed
Coda 2280
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
      4:15   3:10  
3 Coda 2280 3:30 3:40
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
Barma (in costruzione) 2062
      3:30   3:40  
4 Barma (in costruzione) 2062 6:00 6:35
Niel 1550
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
      6:00   6:35  
5 Niel 1550 6:45 7:00
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
Gressoney-Saint-Jean 1405
Information Point Bank Restaurant Post and Telegraph Camping Pharmacy Physician Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
      6:45   7:00  
6 Gressoney-Saint-Jean 1405 1:40 1:15
Information Point Bank Restaurant Post and Telegraph Camping Pharmacy Physician Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
Alpenzu Grande 1770 4:50 4:35
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
Vieux Crest 1935
Restaurant Ski lifts Telephone or emergency call Bed
      6:30   5:50  
7 Vieux Crest 1935 1:35 1:20
Restaurant Ski lifts Telephone or emergency call Bed
Guide Frachey - G.B. Ferraro 2080 0:40 1:10
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
St. Jacques (Ayas) 1689 2:35 1:40
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
Grand Tournalin 2535
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
      4:50   4:10  
8 Grand Tournalin 2535 2:10 2:45
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
Cheneil 2105 1:05 1:45
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
Valtournenche 1520
Information Point Bank Restaurant Post and Telegraph Camping Pharmacy Physician Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
      3:15   4:30  
9 Valtournenche 1520 2:25 1:50
Information Point Bank Restaurant Post and Telegraph Camping Pharmacy Physician Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
Barmasse 2157
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
      2:25   1:50  
10 Barmasse 2.157 3:00 2:35
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
Tsan 2.441 1:30 1:30
Bed
Reboulaz 2.585 1:45 1:40
Bed
Cuney 2652
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed Church
      6:15   5:45  
11 Cuney 2.652 1:40 1:30
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed Church
Rosaire Clermont 2.700 3:35 5:05
Bed
Oyace 1397
Restaurant Bus Bed Church
      5:15   6:35  
12 Oyace 1397 5:45 5:50
Restaurant Bus Bed Church
Rey (Ollomont) 1.393
Restaurant Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
      5:45   5:50  
13 Rey (Ollomont) 1.393 3:05 1:55
Restaurant Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
Letey Champillon 2.465
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
      3:05   1:55  
14 Letey Champillon 2.465 5:05 5:55
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
Saint-Rhémy 1.600
Bank Restaurant Post and Telegraph Physician Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
      5:05   5:55  
15 Saint-Rhémy 1.600 0:40 0:35
Bank Restaurant Post and Telegraph Physician Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
Couchepache 1.664 3:10 2:15
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed
Lac 2.540
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
      3:50   2:50  
16 Lac 2.540 3:05 3:30
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
Walter Bonatti 2.025
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
      3:05   3:30  
17 Walter Bonatti 2.025 2:15 2:15
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
Giorgio Bertone 1.989 1:35 2:30
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
Courmayeur 1.223
Information Point Bank Restaurant Post and Telegraph Camping Pharmacy Physician Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
      3:50   4:45  
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