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Alta Via no. 2

The nature trail: alpine trekking to discover flora and fauna
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 2, known as the nature Trail, is a trekking trail of exceptional natural interest. A large part of its route passes through the Gran Paradiso National Park and the Mont Avic Regional Park. This route passes through wild areas of magnificent landscapes where numerous examples of alpine flora and fauna are to be found, including some of the rarest species, as well as through village areas where it is possible to explore the ancient origins of Aosta Valley traditions and crafts. Crossing the mountains to the right of the River Dora Baltea, Alta Via Trail 2 is accessible to everyone since it follows well-marked footpaths, with an average width of around 80 cm., and is entirely sign-posted. The trekker who is used to mountain walking will be able to walk along its whole length, while those
who are looking forward to trying footpath walking for the first time will also be able to follow some of the short, lower altitude stretches. The route leads from Courmayeur to Donnas, with 14 daily stages which require 3-5 hours walking time each, offering various stopping points: 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, pasturelands, woodlands and rocky outcrops, maintaining an average altitude of around 2,000 m. and sometimes reaching 3,000 m. (on Col Loson it
reaches almost 3.300 m.!!). Here, where nature still remains intact, it is possible to admire the chamois on the run or the elegant golden eagle in flight, or to find yourself surrounded by a herd of male ibex who gather in the final hours of daylight to graze in the valley grasslands below the moraines and the eternal snows. The ideal period to admire the flora is the month of July, when the mountain flowers are at their peak of beauty. Here in the mountains, the small patches of brilliantly coloured flowers, which at lower altitudes become lost among the luxuriant vegetation, assume a particular importance: they symbolise the triumph of life over the harshness of the environment.
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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 Courmayeur 1.223 0:15 0:15
Information Point Bank Restaurant Ski lifts Post and Telegraph Camping Pharmacy Physician Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
Dolonne 1.210 2:20 1:30
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed
Maison Vielle 1.956 3:25 3:15
Restaurant Ski lifts Telephone or emergency call Bed
Elisabetta Soldini 2.168
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
      6:00   5:00  
2 Elisabetta Soldini 2.168 4:50 5:40
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
La Thuile 1.435
Information Point Bank Restaurant Ski lifts Post and Telegraph Camping Pharmacy Physician Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
      4:50   5:40  
3 La Thuile 1.435 4:05 2:55
Information Point Bank Restaurant Ski lifts Post and Telegraph Camping Pharmacy Physician Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
Alberto Deffeyes 2.500 2:45 3:20
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
Promoud 2.022
Bed
The Promoud refuge-hut is unusable       6:50   6:15  
4 Promoud 2.022 5:00 5:30
Bed
Planaval (Arvier) 1.554
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
      5:00   5:30  
5 Planaval (Arvier) 1.554 1:45 1:35
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
Valgrisenche 1.664 2:45 1:55
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
Chalet de l'Epée 2.370
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
      4:30   3:30  
6 Chalet de l'ÉpĂ©e 2.370 3:30 4:25
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
RhĂȘmes-Notre-Dame 1.722
Information Point Restaurant Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
      3:30   4:25  
7 RhĂȘmes-Notre-Dame 1.722 6:40 6:35
Information Point Restaurant Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
Eaux Rousses (valsavarenche) 1.658
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed
      6:40   6:35  
8 Eaux-Rousses (Valsavarenche) 1.658 6:50 5:50
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed
Vittorio Sella 2.584
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
      6:50   5:50  
9 Vittorio Sella 2.584 1:45 2:45
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
Valnontey 1.667 0:40 0:50
Restaurant Camping Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed
Cogne 1.540
Information Point Bank Restaurant Ski lifts Post and Telegraph Camping Pharmacy Physician Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
      2:25   3:35  
10 Cogne 1.540 1:00 0:50
Information Point Bank Restaurant Ski lifts Post and Telegraph Camping Pharmacy Physician Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
Lillaz 1.611 3:55 2:50
Restaurant Camping Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed
Sogno di Berzé 2.530
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
      4:55   3:40  
11 Sogno di Berzé 2.530 1:30 1:25
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
Misérin 2.588 1:00 1:25
Restaurant Bed
Dondena 2.192
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
      2:30   2:50  
12 Dondena 2.192 1:40 2:30
Restaurant Telephone or emergency call Bed
Chardonney 1.444 0:20 0:20
Restaurant Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed
Champorcher 1.422
Information Point Restaurant Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
      2:00   2:50  
13 Champorcher 1.422 6:55 7:15
Information Point Restaurant Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
Crest 1.170
Restaurant Bed
      6:55   7:15  
14 Crest 1.170 1:10 0:45
Restaurant Bed
Retempio 1.460 5:35 6:50
Church
Donnas 330
Bank Restaurant Post and Telegraph Physician Grocery Telephone or emergency call Bus Bed Church
      6:45   7:35  
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