APRIL 28-29-30 MAY 1    AND JUNE 1-2-3-4   2018

4 days trekking with donkeys

Along this route, happy combination between man and animal, we develop a hike about slowness and knowledge.

Through a total immersion in the ancient culture and the discovery of natural corners, we will experience a better use of time and space, toning up our body and soul, and enabling us to meet ourselves and the others.

PROGRAMME

 

FIRST DAY: CIVIASCO-OMEGNA  MAP

Uphill: 600 m

Downhill: 1000 m

Journey time: 3 hours uphill + 4 hours downhill

We will walk through beech woods of Valsesia and chestnut woods of Cusio, through scenic pastures and broad forests, which hide unexpected surprises like the secular ‘Fo dl’Umbrela’ (the umbrella beech, in the local dialect), impressive plant of high landscape value. At the end of the day, we’ll reach the shores of the lake and the town of Omegna, hometown of Gianni Rodari.

SECOND DAY: OMEGNA-MIASINO

Uphill: 200 m

Journey time: 5 hours

Along the eastern shore of Orta Lake, we will enjoy the panoramic views of the Cusio basin, noticing, among cobblestone villages and noble buildings, traces of the abandoned pastures, colonized by chestnut woods.

THIRD DAY: MIASINO-AROLA

Uphill: 200 m

Downhill: negligible

Journey time: 4.30 hours

We will immerse ourselves in the Agogna Valley, the natural border between the plains and the Alps; after the moraine ridge of Gozzano, we will experience a pleasant lakeside walk, up to the small village of Pella. From here the trail starts to climb up, which, taking us through an easy trail to Arola, will lead us back to Valsesia.

FOURTH DAY: AROLA-VALSESIA

Uphill: 300 m

Downhill: 200 m

Journey time: 2 hours uphill + 1.30 downhill

Going back to Valsesia (named the greenest valley in Italy), we’ll arrive at the mountain pass where a superb view of Monte Rosa and other peals above 4000 m will welcome us.

Finally, we’ll come to the end of our trek: Civiasco. This village is located on a lush hillside, between ancient and elegant buildings of fine architectural taste.

 

 PARTICIPATION FEE PER PERSON: 250.00 € (minimum 5 partecipants)

COSTS FIRST NIGHT IN VARALLO SESIA, DURING THE TREKKING WITH DONKEYS AND GUIDE’S EXPENSES THAT ARE BORNE BY PARTECIPANTS: 200.00 €;

TOTAL: 450.00 €

Price per person with half board in rooms of 2-4 persons.

The price included:

accommodation in hotels with rooms for 2-4 persons

3 nights with half board (drinks not included) and 1 night with half board arrival in Varallo Sesia

4 days of guided hiking (English speaking)

Donkeys and equipment to carry backpacks and luggage

Not included:

extras

any tips

NOT:

international airfare; transfer to/from Valsesia; personal insurance; lunches; sodas and alcoholic beverages. If you would like, we can organize your transfer from the airport to Valsesia and back and find you a hotel for the nights before and after the trekking.

WARNING: The trekking of Lake Orta with donkeys has a normal hiking difficulty. You should consider the capability of enjoying four days of walking. Anyway, the use of donkeys to transport the backpacks and the moderate slopes of the trail facilitate the practicability of the trekking.

The guide reserves the right to change the itinerary according to the conditions of the mountain or the physical conditions of the participants.

WHY WITH US:
-We live at the footsteps of these mountains and we are specialized on this Tour

-We speak English
-We are cheaper than most of the trekking agencies!

WHERE IT IS:

Milan is about at  120 km and Turin is about at  130 km.

Also possible as a PRIVATE TRIP: contact info@mountainplanet.net  for details.

HOW TO BOOK: just send us an e-mail at info@mountainplanet.netat least three weeks before.

On request we can organize the tour also in other dates. Contact info@mountainplanet.net for details

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT: good sturdy walking shoes are necessary; they should be already in use (we recommend not to use new shoes, that could hurt!). Clothing should be comfortable, warm or cool depending on the temperature: we advise dressing in layers (underwear T-shirt, t-shirts, longsleeved shirt, fleece) with technical material, which dries quickly, so as to minimize the spare parts. Essential a good backpack with a capacity of 40 litres (note that the larger, the easier it is to fill it with useless things), waterproof jacket, swimsuit, cream and sunglasses, a water bottle, emergency food (some energy bars) and something to eat for lunch on the first day. Also do not forget the need for personal hygiene, wet wipes and a towel. Telescopic trekking poles are recommended