Walking trails in Gressoney

The mountain has 2 distinct faces. The first is white in color, like snow falling on the peaks during the winter. The other is instead green, lush like the meadows that extend into the valleys, from spring to late autumn. The beauty of experiencing the mountains in the winter with skis on your feet, with a stop at mountain lodges at high altitude is just as magical as in the spring and summer when you can tackle panoramic trails immersed in the heart of nature. In short, in the mountains, both in Gressoney and in other parts of the Aosta Valley, the fun never ends. There is always something to see, a path to discover, and a privileged position from which to admire an unspoiled panorama.



In this sense, with the closure of the ski slopes and the rise in temperatures, for those who decide to holiday in Gressoney, a thousand new perspectives open up for activities, alone, in company, or with the whole family. It is always useful to make a list of the best trails that can be tackled around Gressoney. Some are of medium difficulty while others are much more demanding for those who practice trekking.

Let’s start with one of the excursions that leads us to the source of the Lys river, directly below the Monte Rosa glacier. It’s not a very demanding trail, which consists of a drop of just 600 m and a duration of less than 2 hours. It starts from the town of Staffal and proceeds within a dense forest, which leads to a belvedere overlooking the whole valley. Then you reach a crossroads that leads directly, with half an hour’s walk, to the aforementioned spring. Only the last section has a more marked slope that is slightly more demanding. Once you reach the top, you can observe the Monte Rosa glacier and a small gray and green water lake. A stop to recover your energy is almost a must, enjoying the unreal silence that surrounds you.



Let’s now talk about one of the most popular excursions for all Gressoney fans: the trail that leads to the much loved Lake Gabiet, which is located at about 650 m in altitude, if you choose to start from Gressoney. Who doesn’t love mountain lakes? Especially for the blue color that characterizes them and their coolness when the temperatures around us have already gone up in the summer. The route starts from the Staffal cable car, where there is also a convenient parking area where you can leave your car. The path to get to the lake is the 7A, even if lazy people can use the funicular to get there anyway. Of course, it makes little sense if you don’t go with your own legs. You risk literally losing all the beauty that frames this magical excursion. The lake can be reached either via a dirt road, a little longer to travel, or through a slightly steeper but also faster mountain path. The whole route is fairly flat, with the exception of the final stretch. Once you reach the lake you can stay to admire the fantastic panorama of the valley.



We always recommend the lakes around Gressoney for easy itineraries to take on with children in order to discover the most interesting places in the area. One of the excursions that we recommend is the so-called Queen’s Walk, which has a drop of just over 100 m and leads to the wonderful Savoy Castle, which is worth visiting. The walk is not called Queen’s Walk by chance because many years before Queen Margherita of Savoy used to take the same path to reach the castle starting from what was her summer home. In the middle of the route, there is one of the great naturalistic attractions of the area, the Gover lake. It is an artificial lake, whose natural frame is composed almost entirely of pine and fir trees. It is located in an evocative position onto which the whole Monte Rosa mountain range is reflected on clear days. Not far away there is a playground that will make your children happy, tired from the strenuous walks imposed by their parents.



Coming up from the road leading to Gressoney, you almost certainly passed it. We are talking about the small village of Gaby. A small town that barely reaches the remarkable figure of 500 inhabitants, which is located within the Lys valley. Among the monuments of interest there is the sanctuary which is located 2 km from the capital of Gaby. The itinerary also proposed by the Aosta Valley administration is from Issime and the church that leads to the hamlet of Tzendelaboa. Also in this case, it is an easy easy hike, with a difference in altitude of just 99 m and a duration, round trip, of just over an hour.



Coming up from the road leading to Gressoney, you almost certainly passed it. We are talking about the small village of Gaby. A small town that barely reaches the remarkable figure of 500 inhabitants, which is located within the Lys valley. Among the monuments of interest there is the sanctuary which is located 2 km from the capital of Gaby. The itinerary also proposed by the Aosta Valley administration is from Issime and the church that leads to the hamlet of Tzendelaboa. Also in this case, it is an easy easy hike, with a difference in altitude of just 99 m and a duration, round trip, of just over an hour.
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