Creative mountain classes
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A mountain class starts when the participants get on the autobus!
Our destination Ollomont is situated at only 850 km from Brussels, and the fastest and most comfortable way to get there is to travel using the national roads, crossing the most beautiful landscapes in France and Switzerland while avoiding the busy international highways. After maximally 15 hours (including 3 mandatory stops) we arrive in Gran Baita.
Our road leads past Brussels (departure is at 6 am), Luxembourg, Metz, Nancy, Epinal (Vosges), Besançon, Pontarlier (Jura), Vallorbe (Swiss border), Lac de Leman past Geneva , Martigny, the tunnel of the Gran San Bernardino, en eventually arrival in Ollomont around 8 pm.
We walk to a waterfall of more than 200 m high, at about 20 minutes from Gran Baita. During this walk, we also pass through a small tunnel of 800 m long that runs in the mountain side, maybe with self-made torches.
Visit to the Fontina cheese museum, again at walking distance from Gran Baita. In the accessible old copper mines, we are shown the production process of this famous Italian cheese.
After lunch, we can visit the indoor climbing hall, with a local guide who shows us the basic technical tricks of alpinism. Of we prefer to climb outdoors on the real rocks on the other side of the valley.
We drive (45 minutes) to Place Moulin at 2000 m altitude, where we visit one of the largest dams of the region. We follow the sloping track that leads to a mountain refuge, where we drink real “”Italian cappuccino” or hot chocolate.
We visit the town Aosta (40 minutes drive). The Roman amphitheater, Gate of Augustine, the old walls, the crypt, .. Maybe we even see Julius Caesar .. ! And yes, somewhere in Aosta there we can find a statue of Romulus en Remus...
We make a 2-day trip to the Gran San Bernardino abbey, located at the mountain “col” with the same name (altitude 2450 m). Accompanied by a professional guide, we take the seldom used tracks and after hiking 5 hours, we are welcomed by the monks and their famous dogs. We stay overnight in the abbey (supplement € 38 p.p.).
We visit Courmayeur (85 minutes drive), and enjoy the fabulous view on the Courmayeur glacier and the highest European mount, the Mont Blanc. We are just next to the Mont Blanc tunnel and the French border. Our mountain guide shows us the way to the base of glacier and we can touch the ice!
On the way back we visit a medieval castle. The Valle d’Aosta has numerous castles and fortresses that can be visited free of charge.
A stroll through the extended village of Ollomont and its valley with our guide, who tell us about the local fauna and flora. In the evening we can watch a presentation.
We take the cable lift in Aosta (altitude 500 m) and climb to the altitude of 2200 m in about 20 minutes time. We enjoy the astounding 360-degree panorama, showing the Mont Blanc, as well as the Matterhorn, Grand Combin, Gran Paradiso, the Monte Rosa massif ...
We visit the international nature reserve Gran Paradiso (100 minutes drive), where we make a beautiful trek and need to be careful not to bump into the rock-goats and chamois!
In this region, there is also the possibility for rafting en mountain bike (with supplement, subject of seasonal variation).
A brochure with detailed lessons (60 pages) can be provided upon request.