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Private excursion in the lower Val Grande with guide

Private excursion in the lower Val Grande with guide

Duration
8,5 hours

Difficulty
Medium

Cancellation
Strict

Participants
From 1 to 8

Highlights

  • Explore the Val Grande National Park on a hike with an experienced guide.
  • He admires nature taking back its space among abandoned cottages, roads and ruins.
  • Recover your energy with your packed lunch by sitting on the grass or reaching a bivouac.

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Full description

Walk the paths of the lower Val Grande with an experienced guide and visit the 'Kingdom of the Italian wilderness ', where nature is taking back the spaces once densely populated by man and his buildings.

Taking part in anexcursion in the Val Grande National Park will allow you to discover a wonderful forest and immerse yourself in nature growing undisturbed.

The accompaniment of a private guide will be essential to discover what remains of mule tracks, farmhouses and roads that bear witness to the ancient presence of man. You will be able to reconnect with nature and fantasise about the life that once flowed in these places.

What we will do

We meet the guide in Stork, the small capital of the park. Once we are ready, we will set off along the old Sutermeister road along the Pogallo gorge, an incredible feat of engineering, which runs along vertical cliffs above the stream.

You will arrive at Pogallo, a foresters' coordination centre where there was once a school, barracks and a hospital, while today only ruins and a few renovated cottages remain. It is here that your hike will begin.

You will take a narrow uphill path that touches several nuclei once inhabited by woodcutters and shepherds, leading you to the little chapel of Cima Selva and the nearby nucleus of Leciuri. Here the panorama will change radically, becoming wide and sunny, with views of the Pogallo Valley on one side and Lake Maggiore on the other.

At lunchtime you will sit on the meadow and recover your energy with your packed lunch. Alternatively, you can walk to a bivouac for a morewilderness-style experience. Your guide will pamper you with a mocha of hot coffee and some sweets.

After resting, you will resume your walk. With the guide's help, you will discover the traces of mule tracks, roads, cable cars, charcoal kilns and terraces that are now only a distant memory. You will reach the meadows of Prà, after which the descent will begin, taking you back to Cicogna, where you will arrive around 17:00.

The route is 10 km in total, with a positive altitude difference of 850 m. The experience has a total duration of 8 ½ hours.

Who it is aimed at

The hike is also suitable for beginners in hiking and trekking, but the altitude difference and the length of the route require some training. The minimum age for participation is 14.

Other information

The experience is intended for private groups of up to 8 participants.

It is possible to request a reduction in the altitude difference to just 500 metres, in which case you can also leave in the afternoon, use the bivouac for dinner and return with the lights of the nearby plains illuminating the trails. If you are interested in this option, please contact us in private.

Within the Park's boundaries, the telephone often has no signal and the bivouacs are not equipped with toilets.

The group will also include Shadow, the guide's Husky puppy; she is tame and reserved and will be on a leash for the duration of the hike. Other dogs can also participate in the experience, but must be kept on a leash.

It is possible - but not obligatory - to take out individual accident insurance at an extra cost of €5 to be paid on site. Please inform the guide in good time of your name, surname and social security number.

Recommended clothing

  • Technical T-shirt
  • Hiking trousers (preferably long)
  • Trekking boots in good condition

Don't forget to bring

  • Packed lunch
  • Water (at least 1 litre)
  • Snacks or bars
  • Spare T-shirt
  • Fleece or other warm clothing
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket
  • Buff or cap with visor

What is included

  • Accompanying guide
  • Driving liability insurance
  • Hot coffee mocha and sweets
  • Trekking poles
  • Individual accident insurance (optional - 5€)
  • Drinking water
  • Packed lunch

How it works

  • Book
  • Gift
  1. 1
    Send a booking request

    We will only pre-authorise the payment

  2. 2
    Receive confirmation within 48 hours

    In case of confirmation, you will be charged the cost of the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

  1. 1
    Buy a gift voucher

    Valid 12 months from the date of purchase

  2. 2
    Choose your preferred date

    Get in touch with the guide with the contact details on the voucher and choose the day for the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

Meeting point
Fondotoce, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola

Exact location provided after booking

Frequently asked questions

What happens in case of bad weather?

If you have made a fixed date reservation and the weather conditions are not suitable for the safe conduct of the activity (in the expert opinion of the guide), you will be refunded the full amount paid. The guide may suggest an alternative date or time for you to conduct the activity. You can freely choose whether or not to accept these proposals. If you can’t retrieve it, we will process a full refund! If you have set the date for your Gift Voucher and bad weather did not allow the activity to take place, the Voucher remains regularly valid until the expiration date indicated on it.

If I cancel the reservation, can I get a full refund?

For this activity, the cancellation policy is strict. You get a full refund if you cancel within 15 days from the activity start date. Within 14 and 8 days from the activity start date you will get a 50% refund. You can find the full policies in the Cancellation Policy section.

What measures are implemented to prevent COVID-19?

All activities on Freedome strictly follow regulations issued at national, regional and federal levels. Sports associations and freelancers commit to carry out activities in full compliance with such regulations, sanitize equipment and environments, and limit their maximum capacity.
Read the full policy

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