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Champillon Refuge “Adolphe Letey” (Valpelline)

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The hike to the Champillon Refuge in Valpelline, is one that we happily repeat every time we return to the Aosta Valley because it is wonderful, the trail winds through large meadows where cows graze freely, and the lunch at the refuge is truly exceptional!

It is an easy hike that can be done even with children, approximately 4 km long with an elevation gain of 380 m.

Champillon Refuge “Adolphe Letey” (Valpelline)

View from Refuge Champillon
View from Refuge Champillon

Technical specifications:

  • Marker: 9
  • Departure: Plan Detruit (2083m)
  • Finish: Rifugio Champillon (2465m)
  • Height difference: 382m
  • Length: 4400 m
  • Duration: andata 1.15

Course description

You leave your car in the parking lot located at Plan Detruit. In a few minutes you reach the small wooden bridge over the Ru de By and the sign with directions to the hut, the path to follow is No. 9.

Farm road Refuge Champillon
Farm road
Road n 9 Refuge Champillon
Road n 9
Cows on the pasture Tza de Champillon
Cows on the pasture Tza de Champillon
Cows grazing Refuge Champillon
Cows grazing

If you wish, you can walk the farm track used by the managers to bring supplies to the hut but we recommend trail No. 9, which winds through the woods and pastures, without any particular difficulty.

After about 50 minutes of walking, you will arrive at the Tza de Champillon pasture and from there with a final effort following the trail you will arrive at the Champillon Refuge.

We stopped for lunch and then descended, walking back along the trail again in search of marmots, but if you wanted you could continue on the path that starts in front of the entrance to the refuge and arrive in about 1h30 at the Champillon pass.

Refuge Champillon
lunch at Refuge Champillon
Refuge Champillon

What to do in the surrounding area

Place Moulin Dam (Bionaz) and lunch at the Prarayer hut.

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