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Trekking through the Aosta Valley: From Montblanc to Matterhorn

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The classic Matterhorn or Matterhorn in the Italian Alps

For a week I followed a long-distance path called Aosta Valley - Alta Via 1 covering populations from Courmayeur until reaching the town of Cervinia-Breuil. If we look at it at the orographic level it would be a trekking along the Italian slope of the Alps from the foot of Mount Bianco - or Montblanc for the French - to the foot of the Matterhorn - Matterhorn for the Swiss.

This great route is divided into 13 stages with a maximum altitude of 3,000 meters in the hill of Malatrá. Observing the times in days and hoping that the weather and the state of the road accompanied I calculated that it was possible to perform the entire trekking (approximately 160 kilometers) in six days.

The Aosta Valley It covers this area of ​​green Swiss meadows overshadowed by the highest peaks in central Europe.

The French names of the towns surprise and anyone would say that we are in the same country that saw the Camorra, the mammoths being born and hear the bloody heartbeat of the Stromboli.

The snow of Montblanc over the town of Courmayeur

Courmayeur: The heart of the Italian Alps

The Savda bus company links Milan and Turin with the Aosta Valley and its villages. From Milan they depart from the Lampugnano station (it is a stop of the red metro line, it has no loss) To get from Bergamo I took a train that for 4 euros left me at the central station of Milan.

The Aosta Valley is similar to a fishbone: a wide valley that forks in small valleys inland, with almost all of them inhabited populations.

Once in Aosta I took another bus that in an hour left me in Courmayeur from where the trekking of the Alta Vía 1 starts or ends, crossing the shadowed valleys through the imposing mountains of Mont Blanc (or Monte Bianco), the Matterhorn (or Matterhorn) and the Monte Rosa. Also from here leaves the Alta Vía 2 that crosses the natural park of Gran Paradiso and the Tour of Mont Blanc.

My idea was to follow the Alta Vía 1 and climb the first day to the Bertone Refuge (approximately two hours away). However, it was late and I still had to do my homework in the supermarket.

Courmayeur It is a tourist town at the foot of Montblanc. The tremendous silhouette and glaciers can be seen almost from anywhere in the town. It is a high-level tourist place and I saw them to find a hostel below 3 stars. Fortunately, I found the Venice pension in a central street of Courmayeur. A simple and single room with external bathroom where I could sleep for 35 euros with breakfast included.

The walls of Montblanc face to face with spring

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