The Glorious Return
A path through history and the mountains
15 June-15 September
With a few small detours, the path of the Glorious Return retraces the route followed by a thousand Waldensians in 1688 with the aim of winning back their lands after their exile in Geneva. An absolutely unique trek for its historical and environmental value. The route on the Italian side takes place in 6 stages. This is one part with the option of completing it in two further tours.
Meet in Susa. Transfer to Bonneval Sur Arc. Along the Chemin de l'Histoire, an easy hiking route of great historical and architectural interest. We pass through the village of Bessans to end in Lanslevillard. Dinner and accommodation.
We go up to the Mont-Cenis Pass and take the Chemin de la Ramasse route that was used for the transport of passengers with sleds to the pass up to the Napoleonic era. We follow the paved road for a short distance and then skirt round the stunning scenery of the lake and the Refuge du Petit Mont-Cenis mountain hut.
We go up to the highest point on this tour, the Clapier Pass, passing Lake Savine to finally arrive at the Vaccarone mountain hut through a splendid high altitude landscape. It is the most demanding stage but your efforts will be rewarded by frequent wildlife sightings.
We descend towards the limestone rock formations of the Denti di Chiomonte, stopping at the "Buco di Colombano Romean", an incredible tunnel dug by one man all on his own in the mid-16th century, to reach the Rifugio Levi mountain hut via the panoramic balcony trail. These paths provide a taste of the atmosphere of ancient mountaineering.
Descent to Salbertrand. We reach Ponte della Canebiers, the site of a clash between the French army and the surviving Waldensians. You will surely empathise with the Waldensians, tested to their limits by their enemies and by nature. Visit to the Material Culture Ecomuseum of the Alpi Cozie Park. End of the trek.
€ 750.00 cost per person (with groups of 4 participants).
€ 550.00 cost for those wishing to carry out this route independently.
The trek can also be organised for individuals or private groups; you will receive a personalised quote after agreeing on the date.
The price includes:
5 days with an Environmental Hiking Guide plus their expenses (with the option to travel independently).
Road book with map, description of itineraries and GPS tracks (for the independent option), 4 nights in mountain huts.
Transfer from Susa to Bonneval Sur Arc.
Meals as indicated in the programme (lunches are always packed).
Entrance fees to the Park and to the Ecomuseum, where applicable.
Telephone assistance throughout the trip.
The price does not include:
All services not specified in "The price includes" section
Organisation of transfers to and from Susa and/or Oulx.
Personalised stay arrangements.
Sherpa-style luggage service on certain routes only.
Yes, On request (with supplement)
Characteristics of the offer:
Trek for expert hikers fit enough to walk independently for up to 7 hours a day on trails, including at high altitude, with a backpack for the entire duration of the route.
The programme can be customised for the group by reducing or increasing the duration or eliminating some stages to make it easier.
During the trek you will need to carry your own backpack with a weight of around 10 to a maximum of 15 kg.
Since the route includes high mountain sections, adequate clothing is required. Before departure we will provide you with a list of the necessary and/or recommended equipment for the week.
Accommodation will be in mountain huts. Personal sleeping bag liners are required, while your own sleeping bag is optional. Blankets will be provided if required.
We are ready to welcome you in full compliance with the guidelines and provisions envisaged for the hygiene and safety of accommodation facilities - in accordance with the Covid-19 protocol in forceInfo
POLVERE DI STELLE - Tour Operator di Polvere di Stelle Snc di Pozzi Marco e C.
Borgata Sala n. 13
+39 339 4269402