The Val Ferret is perhaps one of the most exclusive and wildest valleys of our Alps.
During the high season, traffic is regulated, thus ensuring access only to a limited number of vehicles. In this way, although it is one of the most popular points of all the Aosta Valley, this magic place still preserves its pristine beauty.
The Valley winds along the chain of Mont Blanc, Les Grandes Jorasses, and is relatively flat and can be easily crossed in foot or bike. There are several local typical places where you can stop and taste the specialties from the Aosta Valley, as well as in 3 refuges, all of which can be reached rather easily.
In the bottom of the valley there is the Col Ferret from which you can reach in a day’s journey Switzerland. If you want to stop before, just taking one hour walk, you will reach the Refuge Elena, where you can taste polenta, civet and delicious cakes.
From Val Ferret you can also cross the Alta Via n.1, first reaching the Refuge Bonatti and then, at almost 3,000 meters above the sea level, go up to the Col Malatrà.
You can reach the center of Courmayeur, crossing the Bertone Refuge and take a pause on the beautiful balcony of Mont de la Saxe and then go down through the woods of the Val Sapin.
Many of these trails are also designed for mountain bikes and in fact, the Val Ferret is part of the path “tour of the refuges” of MTB 120 km long, which runs through the entire Valdigne.
In Location Lavachey, more or less in the middle of the valley, you can stop and fish a trout for the dinner, somewhere in private, or purchase permissions for fishing in the nearby streams.
For lovers of golf, the nine-hole course that is spread along the good part of the Valley there is one of the most spectacular golf campus in Europe.
Then if you feel lazy and you just want to admire the beautiful mountains that surround you without exhausting walks, you can take the cable car of SKYWAY Mont Blanc right at the entrance to the Val Ferret, and take visit to Saussurea Alpine Botanical Garden, and climb up to Refuge Torino. From there on, you can continue passing the Mer de Glace Glacier, than descend to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in France, always in the cable car. A bus will bring you back to the square of the cable car on the italian side. This is for sure a marvellous tour, definitely worth of the ticket price.