Cogne Valley: holidays, excursions, itineraries Gran Paradiso
Val di Cogne is the ideal place for a vacation in the mountains, starting point for excursions to the National Park of Gran Paradiso.
Driving holiday in Val di Cogne
The Cogne Valley is part of the catchment area right of Baltea and has a U-shaped conformation with high cliffs eroded during past glaciations. The center of this valley, which is rightly considered the most beautiful of the Aosta Valley and the north-west of Italy, is Cogne from which branch other minor valleys including the Valnontey that door on the slopes of Gran Paradiso, the valley Grauson with the homonymous tip, Urtier Valley and Valleille.
Many streams coming down from the glaciers go through these valleys and are included in Dora Baltea almost at the area of Aymavilles. The valley creeps inside the Gran Paradiso massif and the mountains are the main Gran Paradiso, with its 4,061 meters above sea level, the Roc, the Grivola, the Piccolo Paradiso, the Cresta Gastaldi, Becca Montandayné, the Herbetet The Punta Ceresole, the Tower of St. Peter the Great, the Tower of St. Andrew, the Viva Rock, the Head of the Tribulation, the Punta Rossa, Becca Gay, the Tower of St. Orso, the head of Valnontey the Grand Serz, Punta Tersiva, Punta Ondezana, the Grand Crou, Punta delle Sengie.
Also from the Gran Paradiso massif descend numerous glaciers covering the Val di Cogne including the Glacier of the Tribulation, the Glacier Trajo, the Glacier Nomenon, the Glacier of the FCA, the Glacier Loson, the Glacier of Great Valley, Glacier Tzasset of the Great Glacier Crou, the Money Glacier, Glacier Coupe Money, the Patrì Glacier, Glacier Valletta, the Glacier Valeille, the Glacier of Sengie, dell’Arolla Glacier, the Glacier Tessonet .
There are many mountain huts built over the years to allow hikers who climb in altitude along the many paths marked by Cai to find comfortable dining options. Among the more remarkable are the refuges Vittorio Sella, accessible from Valnontey and located 2584 meters above sea level, the Dream of Berzé Péradzaa 2526 m reachable by Urtier Valley with 78 beds, the Bivouac Mario Balzola with 4 beds in 3477 m reached by following a path that starts from the Valley of Cogne.
Other shelters minor, not an easy distance, scattered in the area are the Bivouac Luciano Gratton, the Bivouac Lionello Leonessa, the bivouac Carlo Pol, the Bivouac Ettore Marcello Gérard-Grappein, the Borghi bivouac, the Valnontey, the Bivouac Alessandro Martinotti Bivouac of Money, the Bivouac Laura Guido Malvezzi-Antoldi, the bivouac Franco Fog. The whole valley is crossed by the trail No. 2 Alta Via della Valle d’Aosta.