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3 Day Hut to Hut MTB Trip in the Beautiful Aosta Valley with 'One of the Best Descents Ever'

Scotty Laughland

3 Day Hut to Hut MTB Trip in the Beautiful Aosta Valley with 'One of the Best Descents Ever'

Collection by Scotty Laughland



17:18 h

23.1 mi

7,725 ft

3 Day Hut to Hut Trip with Aosta Valley with Dan Milner. This is a truly epic journey through Gran Paradiso National Park in Aosta Valley in Italy. Starting just above the picturesque town of Cogne we travelled through the mountains, glaciers as back trips and huge summits ahead. We were fully immersed in mountain culture.This collection takes 3 days but alternative routes could shorten the length of the journey. On day 1 we travelled from Cogne to Refugio Sella - a comfortable Refugio which served dinner, bed and breakfast. One day 2 our goal was to reach Bivoiac Luciano Gratton. Our final day would see us descend back to the valley floor where we'd started and was one of those 'that was EPIC' moments.As for tour notes, ensure you're self sufficent, to stay in the refugio you'll need at least a sleeping bag liner and for the bivoiac, you'll likely want a warm down sleeping bag. Once you leave the refugio there are no further opportunities to buy food or drink and you're very much on your own with limited mobile phone signal.We managed to catch sunrise and sunset and it was truly beautiful up there. This is one of those rides where every time you turn the corner the view just gets better and better!I'd recommend this to anyone who has a deep love for the mountains, exploring and immersing themselves away from civilisation.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Day 1/3 - Cogne Epic - Cogne to the Refugio

    10.8 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,875 ft
    875 ft

    Our first day started near Cogne, following a river up the valley we crossed it on a beautiful hand crafted bridge. From here it was hike a bike time. The route was at times challenging physically and mentally - it was hard going, technical under foot but utterly beautiful that you forgot about the punishing

    by Scotty Laughland

  • 07:45
    6.16 mi
    0.8 mph
    3,300 ft
    1,275 ft

    We started our journey in Refugio Sella and headed up the Col to reach our Bivoiac. The majority of the journey required our bikes to be carried and upon leaving the Refugio you have to be completely self sufficient. There is however some running water at the halfway point where you can fill up from

    by Scotty Laughland

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  • 02:05
    6.12 mi
    2.9 mph
    550 ft
    5,350 ft

    We started off at Bivoiac Luciano Gratto and made our way back to Cogne.


    We started off riding on what can only be described as riding on the moon, the rocks were crazy sharp, loose and grey. There was however plenty of grip.


    From there, we headed down through alpine meadows, passed abadoned shepards

    by Scotty Laughland

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    23.1 mi
  • Duration
    17:18 h
  • Elevation
    7,725 ft

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