A path worth of a king
Snowshoe hike through the protection forest dominating the village of Vers le Bois, in the municipality of Valsavarenche. We take the path created by the king Victor Emmanuel II to reach his hunting lodge in the village of Orvieille (2.165 masl). The route back follows the local trail n.7 connecting Orvieille to the village of Créton (1.613 masl), from which we get to the starting point. During the hike, we discover the winter aspect of mountains, we look for the footprints left on the snow by the inhabitants of the wood, we explain the adaptation strategies of animals and plants to cold winter weather and we give you the tools to learn how to move safely in a winter environment: excursion planning, basics of snow science, field study of avalanches.
Estimated journey time: about 8 hours (lunch stop included)
Meeting point and time: 9.00 a.m. at the car park opposite to the city hall in the village of Dégioz (1.545 masl)
Elevation gain: about 640 m
Length: about 10 km
Kind of activity: group snowshoeing with hiking guide
Altitude of the highest point of the trek: 2.165 masl (Orvieille)
Terrain characteristics: the itinerary follows the hunting track created by the King in the XIX century. In the uphill stretch, the slope is very gentle (never exceeding a gradient of 18%). In the downhill stretch leading to the village of Créton, the slope is steeper but without any danger. Possible ice in the first morning hours in late winter/spring
Minimum number of participants to this excursion: 5
See the snowshoeing calendar on the homepage of this site; it is updated every month.
The booking must be submitted within the 24 hours before the start date of the hike you have chosen.
Difficulty of the snowshoe hike:
WT3 (difficult snowshoe hike), according to S.A.C. (Swiss Alpine Club) rating scale. See the subsection Technical difficulties
A good level of fitness and health is required. Consider a minimum of workout before the departure.
Minimum age: 12 years
N.B.: the times indicated in the technical sheet refer to summer hikes and do not take into account the greater difficulties for average hikers to walk on snow.
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The programme of the tour may be modified for reasons not attributable to the organization (bad snow and weather conditions, technical level of the participants, etc.) The guide reserves the right to change the itinerary according to snow and weather conditions or for the safety of the group.
Cost per person: 25 € including the hire of snowshoes and trekking poles
The enrolment fee includes:
The support of an Aosta Valley hiking guide throughout the excursion
A third-party liability insurance for accidents due to the negligent behaviour of the guide
snowshoes and trekking poles hire
The enrolment fee does NOT include:
personal equipment and gear
travel costs to get to the meeting point
food and beverage (packed lunch)
anything not mentioned at “the enrolment fee includes”
in case of change of itinerary for reasons not attributable to the organization (bad snow and weather conditions, technical level of the participants, etc.) the unforeseen expenses will be charged to the participants.
Equipment list for one-day snowshoe hikes
Backpack of 25 litre max.
Clothes to wear:
Hiking boots (preferably waterproof) or après-ski boots (no moon boot)
T-shirt (preferably of breathable fabric, like microfibre)
Windstopper jacket or fleece
Waterproof shell jacket
Mountain trousers (or ski suit)
Ski tights (to wear in colder months, if necessary)
Inside the backpack:
Water bottle/thermos + snack (like cereal bars, chocolate)
Personal pharmacy kit (painkillers, compeed, aspirine)
Sign up: within the 24 hours before the start date of the hike you have chosen, by email or by phone at +39 333.7373636