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Tuesday December Saturday January Sunday January Wednesday January Thursday January Sunday February Monday February Tuesday February Wednesday February Thursday February Friday February Saturday February Saturday March Saturday April 4. Oktoberfest Swap Sale Week 2. Oktoberfest Swap Sale Week 3. Situated where the Po River plain butts up against the foothills of the Italian Alps, Biella has had a long history as a trade and commercial centre. The path we take today leaves Biella following a route that was first mentioned in and which was a trade route leading all the way to Lyon in central France.
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Today is short and easy walk, so you will have time in the morning to catch a cable car up to the top of a nearby mountain metres to enjoy extraordinary views down over the plains in one direction and views across the western Alps to Mt Rosa and the Matterhorn in Switzerland in the other direction. After visiting a partisan cemetery, we continue on the trail which takes us down a winding path into the next valley to a rather strange little town that was home to the benefactor would built a road and tunnel that connects the two monasteries in the later s.
The trail then takes us north up beside the river to a second village at head of the valley where we have lunch before girding our loins for the long climb that awaits, possibly the hardest stretch of the tour, up to the a welcoming mountain hut that sits spectacularly on a platform under mountain peaks.
It is a hard 3 hour ascent but the rewards are great - glorious views south across the Alps and a convivial place to relax and sleep.
We pass a number of enchanting frozen lakes and small glaciers and cross high mountain pastures that are still used by flocks walked up for the summer. There is no road access, only a network of trails that run north and south, east and west.
Our accommodation tonight is in a very comfortable historic alpine hotel in a restored Walser hamlet that hosted Margherita, the queen of Italy, in We take the short walk up to the head of the valley, a pretty skiing town, a sunny place that has a number of pleasant cafes and small restaurants. From here a series of cable car climbs up to the foot of Monte Rosa.
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Weather permitting, we will take a 40 minute walk from the lift station across a glacier to a marvellously situated mountain hut with a terrace that looks out of the valleys and up to the peak of Mt Rosa, where we have lunch. Today is another long, hard walk but is one of the highlights of the tour: leaving the valley with Monte Rosa looming above us, we climb up an old military mule trail built in the s following a route that dates from Roman times to the last pass mts offering the first views of Switzerland.
Once over the pass, we head down into another beautiful valley with a pretty lake in the distance to the village of Macugnaga. Our accommodation for the last two nights is a lovely family-run 3-star hotel on the main square where your luggage will be waiting for you transported from Biella — luxury!
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Today is an easy day. It is a short climb from the cable car station to the Swiss border, where the granite ridge is topped with a golden Madonna. Lunch and dinner. Find out a little more about the 9 days hiking in the Italian Alps: Trails to Freedom tour by reading some of our most frequently asked questions. Sign up for our newsletter to receive regular updates, travel tips, info on local events and discounts on our popular tours.
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