Nature trail of Gran Paradiso national park in Montseuc (Cogne)
In this easy itinerary, we go through the protection forest located above the main village of Cogne (1.531 masl), we can observe the morphology of the valley and enjoy an amazing view on the basin of Cogne, the famous iron mine of Colonna and the numerous villages of the valley. From the arrival station of the Montseuc cable car (2.073 m), the trail runs counter clockwise first on the flat and then southwards up along the watershed ridge separating the main valley from Valnontey. After we reach Montseuc, the highest point of the trail at 2.327 m asl, we make a long and easy traverse halfway on the hillside and we get to the place called Grand Crot (2.227 masl).
The trail then goes back down to the starting point through the mountain pastures that become ski slopes in winter.
Estimated journey time: about 4 hours
Meeting point and time: 9.00 a.m. or 1.30 p.m. at the cable car in the main village of Cogne (extra cost of 8 € for a standard return ticket, reduced price for children from 5 to 12 and free ticket for children under 5 years of age).
Elevation gain: about 270 m
Length: about 3,2 km
Kind of activity: group trekking with hiking guide
Altitude of the highest point of the trek: 2.327 masl (Montseuc)
Terrain characteristics: mountain trail with no specific technical difficulties
Minimum number of participants to this excursion:5
Every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of June and July. The booking must be submitted within the 24 hours before the start date of the hike you have chosen.
Other treks can be planned on request for groups of at least 5 people.
Difficulty of the hike:
E= hiker according to the hike difficulty rating scale of CAI. A fair level of fitness and health is required.
Minimum age: 8 years
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The programme of the tour may be modified for reasons not attributable to the organization (bad weather conditions, technical level of the participants, etc.). The guide reserves the right to change the itinerary according to the weather conditions or for the safety of the group.
Cost per person: 20 €
The enrolment fee includes:
The support of a hiking guide throughout the excursion
A third-party liability insurance for accidents due to the negligent behaviour of the guide
The enrolment fee does NOT include:
personal equipment and gear
travel costs to get to the meeting point
food and drinks (packed lunch)
anything not mentioned at “the enrolment fee includes”
in case of change of itinerary for reasons not attributable to the organization (bad weather conditions, technical level of the participants, etc.) the unforeseen expenses will be charged to the participants.
Equipment list for one-day hikes
Backpack of 20 litres max
Clothes to wear:
Mountain shorts or mountain trousers
T-shirt (preferably of breathable fabric, like microfibre)
Hiking socks (not short socks)
Inside the backpack:
Waterproof shell jacket (Gore-tex, pac-lite fabric)
Backpack rain cover if not integrated in the backpack itself
Water bottle/Thermos + snack (like cereal bars, chocolate)
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
..there’s a whole valley to discover between you and me!