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Valle d'Aosta

Grande Rousse
Riserva naturale Lago Lolair
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Stage point (start or end of stage)
Intermediate accommodation possibility
Town, village
Other locality

Bakery / grocery
Hardware / sports shop
Bank / cash dispenser
Open automobile access

A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

Stroll / tourism (broad, non-exposed trail)
Hiking (mountain trail, in places narrow and exposed)
Alpine route (equipped or very exposed section, snow field, blocks)
R118 Cérellaz » Valgrisenche
  |   6h00   |   19.013 km   |   870 m   |   334 m

The trail descends rapidly from Cérellaz down the slope of the central valley of Aosta Valley. It passes through a number of villages, crosses the Dora Baltea river and climbs Valgrisenche valley. It passes through fields, woods and villages and the Lac Lolair nature reserve. Look towards the end of the valley for a glimpse of the imposing Beauregard dam.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1249 m
| D  2.935 km / 1h00
777 m
| AD  1.52 km / 0h20
802 m
| D  3.332 km / 1h35
Lago Lolair
1183 m
| D  5.265 km / 1h55
1553 m
| AD  5.961 km / 1h10
1648 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
Alta Via trail 2; Haute route des Glaciers trail.
Useful topographic maps
  • Gran Paradiso ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
  • Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso ~ Istituto Geografico Centrale (1:50.000)
  • Carte n° 2 e n° 3 ~ L'Escursionista editore ( (1:25.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Guida n° 4-Le Valli del Gran Paradiso e la Valgrisenche ~ Guide dell'escursionista (ISBN )
  • I laghi della Valle d'Aosta, Sergio Piotti. ~ Ferrari editore (ISBN )

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  • Berta - 2018-07-28
    In Planaval gibt es ein Hotel welches sehr nett und einladend ausschaut, wir haben in Valgrisenche im Le Vieux Quatier ( Tel: 0039016597199) genächtigt, sehr angenehm, ruhig und freundlich. Der Wirt hat sogar für uns im Refuge l'Archeboc angrufen und die Reservierung gemacht. Lager + Halbpension 45€
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    In Planaval there is a hotel which looks very nice and inviting, we stayed in Valgrisenche in the Le Vieux Quatier (Tel: 0039016597199), very pleasant, quiet and friendly. The host even called for us in the Refuge l'Archeboc and made the reservation. Camp + half board 45 €
  • CBoon - 2016-11-05
    Attention !!! Sur le tronçon entre Avise et Runaz, le passage est devenu particulièrement risqué et périlleux suite à un éboulement des rochers surplombant la Doire... Dans l'attente de travaux de sécurisation, il vaut mieux quitter Avise et rejoindre Runaz par la route. Mon passage date du 02/11/2016. Photos sur demande.
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    Warning !!! On the section between Avise and Runaz, the passage became particularly risky and perilous following a rockslide overhanging the Dora ... While waiting for security work, it is better to leave Avise and join Runaz by road. My visit dates from 02/11/2016. Photos on request.
  • michel S - 2016-06-25
    le sentier entre Planaval et Valsigranche est une immense farce. des troncs d'arbres des rochers tombés des herbes hautes et plus souvent pas du tout de chemin. Originalité des rares marques de toutes les couleurs. Au sommet une ligne droite de 200 m et une marque quasiment à chaque arbre et après plus rien mais tout ceci est argement compensé par la gentillesse des italien (nes)
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    the path between Planaval and Valsigranche is a huge joke. tree trunks of rocks fallen from tall grass and more often not at all. Originality of rare brands of all colors. At the top a straight line of 200 m and a mark almost every tree and after nothing but all this is decidedly offset by the kindness of the Italian (nes)
  • michel S - 2016-06-24
    A vALGRISENCHE, le gîte le vieux quartier très sympathique
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    A VALGRISENCHE, the cottage the old neighborhood very friendly
  • Daniel - 2015-09-16
    I would rate the quality of the gps-track 'near to useless', and the description is missing needed details. There is a footpath from Cerellaz to Avise, but I could not find it. So I ended up walking down the winding motor-way... In Avise, cross the *new* bridge, not the old one! From Runaz onward the track is well marked.

    In Valgrisenche stay at the 'Vieux Quartier' up behind the church. They have dorms for E 45 demi-pension. Good food. These are the old barracks of the former border police. The next day track starts right behind this place, *not* at the church. Ask the warden where exactly.
  • Alpinisten - 2015-08-16
    In Valgrisenche wohnten wir im Hotel Foyer de Montagne Tel.:(+33.)0165974106. Viele Gruppen, aber saubere Zimmer und gutes Essen.
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    In Valgrisenche we stayed at the Hotel Foyer de Montagne Tel.: (+ 33) 0165974106th Many groups, but clean rooms and good food.
  • Percy - 2014-10-23
    Travelling north to south this was a stunningly beautiful stage.

    Leaving the Hotel des Alpes, we ignored the guidance below and followed the first sign post to Avise. After about 10mins the path ended in a field of cows, close to an electricity pylon. We asked the local woodcutter's wife who told us to follow a trail to the left until we reached the next electricity pylon, at which point we rejoined the main trail to Avise.

    The Hotel Maison des Myrtilles was an absolute gem. Since Oct 2014 the hotel has been owned by the former sommelier of the 5* Royal Golf hotel in Courmayeur. Needless to say his selection of wines was outstanding. The owner is fluent in English, and the hotel is clearly his passion. He did everything he could to make us welcome. The food was superb. The gewürztraminer with the cheese delightful, the multiple espressos with breakfast were delicious, and the fresh mozzarella and tomato sandwich for lunch devine. We will certainly be back.
  • Thierry M - 2013-12-23
    Monaco - Trieste

    In June 2013, the GPX file was nto accurate at all and the trail are not well marked, combination of road and forestal trail for a while, did get in the wrong direction. Many different trail possible to reach Avise.

    There is a restaurant in Planaval. 1h15 from Valgrisenche.

    If going to Monte Colombo there is an old opened house that can be used as a shelter if needed (30min down from Monte Colombo towards Runaz)

    2 trails are going down to Runaz from Monte Colombo, the left one is passing by the open house (ruin but good roof and walls, no windows,no water but wood)

    Avise have a nice camping right near the village

    1-1h15 to reach Cerellaz up on steep but short trail 18

    Cerellaz Hotel des alpes familly runned Hotel-restaurant : 25euros for B&B.12euros for nice dinner (great value for money). Great to stop by this familly runned place.Really worth stopping by.
  • Tippel - 2011-07-30
    I can highly recommend Hotel des Alpes in Cérellaz!
    From Cérellaz: second yellow sign to "Avise" points in the wrong direction (to the right) - you will end in the middle of grazing cows. You have to go straight for about 20 min. and then follow the path to the right.
    In Runaz we couldn't see any signs... Finally found the path leading into the forest above the museo. In the forest you can follow the sign 20a that is a bit shorter than all the way over Rochefort/Ravoire.
    (The path via Rochefort/Ravoire is nice and pretty flat - but finally going very steep to Baulin (1700m.a.s) via Lac Lolair.)
  • Martin Schreiber - 2011-03-30
    The accommodations in Valgrisenche are quite expensive.

    There's also a hotel in Bonne (Perret).
    After a little bargaining, they offered me an accommodation and half board for 50 euro which is quite cheap for this area.

    When standing directly in front of the dam, there's a hiking path on your right side up to Bonne. This path wasn't printed in my hiking map.
  • Via Alpina International Secretariat - 2009-08-05
    Buongiorno e grazie per l'interesse! I partner Via Alpina responsabili per la Valle d'Aosta La contatteranno in breve. Buon estate! Nathalie Morelle, segretariato internazionale Via Alpina
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    Hello and thanks for your interest! The Via Alpina partner responsible for the Valle d'Aosta will contact you shortly. Happy summer! Nathalie Morelle, International Secretariat of Via Alpina
  • Allegri Paolo - 2009-08-05
    Buongiorno, come fare per inserire il mio gite nell'elenco? Grazie
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    Hello, how to enter my trips in the list? Thanks
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