Located within the Gran Paradiso National Park in the Aosta Valley, Val di Rhêmes – 1628 meters above sea level – offers alpine landscapes of great beauty.
The Rhêmes Valley lies at the foot of the striking massif of Granta Parey (3,387 m), the valley’s iconic mountain, and is a typical glacial-formed valley with a flat valley floor dotted with alpine lakes.
During a hike in the Rhêmes Valley, it is not difficult to spot the animals that characterize these valleys. such as chamois, marmots, eagles, and climbing a little bit in altitude, even ibex.
What to do in Rhêmes Valley
The two main settlements are Rhêmes-Notre-Dames and Rhêmes-Saint-Georges from which a number of nature hikes, also suitable for children, can be undertaken.
The valley is truly a natural gem and worth a visit for its typical Alpine atmosphere and peaceful walks.
In the village of Rhêmes-Saint-Georges, there is an equestrian center that offers the possibility of horseback riding. Nearby, Lo Berlò Playground is an extensive green area offering many new games for children.
In the hamlet of Chanavey in Rhêmes-Notre-Dames, there is the Park Visitor Center dedicated to the bearded vulture, the vulture that disappeared in our territory at the turn of the century, which tells the story of its extinction and reintroduction in some Alpine parks through a European project.
The hamlet of Bruil, also in Rhêmes-Notre-Dames, you can take a look at the La Chaudanaz mill, which, in 1921, the people of Pellaud transformed into a small hydroelectric power plant, and the social bakery where village festivals are held.
In addition, a few minutes’ walk takes you to the magnificent Lake Pellaud. Its blue-green pools of water are populated by trout and framed by a forest of larch and spruce trees. The path around the lake is also stroller-friendly.
In the area there are tables and benches where you can have a picnic, and two bars/restaurants where you can have lunch or a snack (prices a bit high, 18.00€ for two teas and two desserts).
Easy hikes to do in the Rhêmes Valley even with a stroller
Natur Path Chanavey – Bruil – Chaudane – Thumel
This is an easy hike, also doable with a stroller, that connects the hamlet of Chanavey to the village of Thumel, with minimal elevation gain (246m).
You leave your car in the hamlet of Chanavey (1686m) in the parking lot in front of the Visitor’s Center, cross the bridge and continue on trail SN and 9A.
The route runs for about 6km along the course of the Dora River until you first reach Bruil, then the hamlet of Chaudanne with its mill and bakery, the hamlet of Pellaud with its beautiful lake, and finally the hamlet of Thumel (1895m) for a total of about 2h.
Slightly more challenging hikes to do with children
Trekking at Benevolo Refuge
Wonderful hike inside the Rhêmes Valley about 4 km long with a total elevation gain of 393m. Marmots can be spotted frequently! CONTINUE READING
What to do in Val di Rhêmes with children in winter
In winter, a fun Snow Park is set up in Bruil with treadmills, inflatables, toboggans and bikes for the whole family to enjoy. Prices 11€ adult, free under 5 years old.
Festivals in Rhêmes Valley
The Handicraft Fair – Rencontre des Artisans de la Vallée – the penultimate Sunday in July with a display of traditional Aosta Valley craft products.
The Beer Festival “a caduta” – the penultimate weekend of August a festive event with a gastronomic pavilion is set up in Bruil.
Where to sleep in Val di Rhêmes
Hotel Granta Parey – Perfect for relaxing with its alpine-style rooms, spa and restaurant. Indoor and outdoor play area for children and parking included – Book here.