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The Lo Ditor Pond

At an altitude of approximately 1900 meters, immersed within a forest of Larches, you can discover a small corner of the Chavacour Valley, located within the municipality of Torgnon: the charming Pond of Lo Ditor, a special wetland crossed by the Petit Monde torrent and animated by streams and springs which give life to this habitat of particular naturalistic worth.
In the marshy area, you will find a rich mosaic of species and habitats, typical of wet environments which, though widely present in the Valle d’Aosta, are rarely gathered all together in so few hectares of land. The Groenlandia densa of the Alps is largely present in the site, as are the not-so-common Carex limosa, the Ranunculus aquatilis, the Salix petandra and the Utricularia minor.

Activites

  • Hiking

    All itineraries are described in the TRAILS section.

  • Mountain biking

    The site can be reached on mountain bikes along the dirt-road which leaves from Chantorné. An interesting opportunity for bikers is to combine the visit of Lo Ditor with that of the Pond of Loson, through the Bornel Pass.

  • Horseback riding

    To reach the site, the trail marked for mountain biking can also be used by horseback riders.

  • Snowshoe trekking

    Two itineraries take the trekker to Gilliarey and to Fenêtre d’Ersaz respectively. Before your departure, it is recommended to check the regional weather and snow forecasts, as the area is subject to avalanches.

    Cross-country skiing

    The area can be enjoyed by cross-country skiers: poles are visible on which you will find the sports’ classic symbols, indicating the trails which can be taken in winter.

Discover the site

Luglio e Agosto sono i mesi migliori per la visita del sito. L'autunno offre tutti i colori del bosco di larice. Il sito è facilmente raggiungibile anche da scolaresche e famiglie con bambini, perché il tragitto, della durata di circa 2 ore, è praticamente tutto in piano. Le mountain bike e i cavalieri che intendano raggiungere il sito devono rimanere rigorosamente sulla strada poderale sterrata, evitando accuratamente di uscire dal percorso segnalato.


Behavioural conduct rules

We remind you that you can contribute to the preservation of these sites by following these simple rules:

visit the site on foot, with skis or snowshoes; avoid using motorized vehicles, boating equipment, hang-gliders, para-gliders or similar; mountain bikes and horseback riding are permitted only in specific authorized areas (external to the site): please respect hikers;

please stay within the marked trails, as trampling can ruin the fragile grass and undergrowth areas; in winter, please follow the recommended trails so as not to disturb animals which are fighting against hunger and cold;

please observe wild animals from a distance, do not capture them, do not disturb them nor feed them, and do not photograph occupied nests;

keep your dog on a leash and on the marked trails;

do not pick minerals or flowers;

do not make fires;

please bring your garbage back to the villages, where you will find many recyclable waste-collection points;

camping is permitted only for nightly bivouacs at an altitude of over 2500 meters; take care not to wash your dishware in springs or stagnant ponds of water; campers and trailers must be parked outside of the park, in specific authorized areas.

How to get there

By car

To reach the site, from the highway exit of Châtillon-Saint-Vincent, take the S.R. 46 regional road towards Valtournenche until the village of Antey-Saint-André; then turn left for Torgnon. Once you have reached the village, continue towards the upper villages in direction of Septumian and then go beyond the picnic area of Plan Prorion. After the football field, you will exit the woods and after a few turns, you will reach the “Lo Vierdzà di Chantorné” bar/restaurant whence cars are no longer permitted. It is possible to park your vehicle and continue on foot on the almost-flat and easy trail which takes you to the Lake of Lo Ditor, through forests of Larches, pastures and Alpine meadows.

By bus

The Châtillon – Torgnon busline is available.

Accessibility codification of sites

VIVA has chosen to supply everyone – youngsters, adults, the elderly and the disabled – with all the sites’ information so as to allow the visitor to choose a destination in an autonomous way.
An “Accessibility Codification”has thus been defined.


The Lo Ditor Pond

Information to reach the site 1
Accessibility from main roads 1
Parking for the disabled 2
Accessible restrooms 1
Information panels 1
Slopes (max 8%) 1
Trail width (min 90cm) 2
Road surface 1
Resting areas approx every 10 m 1
Safety and protection of trails 1
Periodic maintenance 2

GENERAL INDICATIONS – ASSESSMENT VALUES (0 ÷ 3):
0 corresponds to ABSENCE of the indicated parameter;
3 corresponds to the PRESENCE of the indicated parameter, in optimal condition;
1 – 2 are INTERMEDIATE VALUES: in general, they indicate the presence of the parameter which must however be improved (1 = sufficient, 2 = close to optimal)

Paths

More paths :

VIVA suggests:

Short path

Stagno di Lo Ditor

  • Elevation gain : 170 m
  • Travel time: 1h 30 m
  • Signposting: 1-2-5

What to see:

Period:

Easy trails: routes that present no major technical difficulties or too challenging slopes. They can be covered in full or in small sections, allowing in both cases to come into contact with unspoilt nature, discovering its pace and balance …

Medium difficult trails: routes that can be covered in a day, varying considerably in terms of height differences and technical difficulty; the benefit is in being able to reach wildlife destinations of great impact.

Long trails: excursions lasting several days which provide for stopover places and catering along the route.

cartina The Lo Ditor Pond

SIC SIC IT1205082

Municipality: Torgnon

Surface: 22 ha

Altitude: 1.920 ÷ 2.053 m s.l.m.

Responsible forest station:
Antey-Saint-André

Activities

Sosta al Lago di Lo Ditor

Sosta al Lago di Lo Ditor
Cicloescursione con mtb a pedalata assistita tra Torgnon e il Lago di Cignana

In cammino verso Roma

In cammino verso Roma
La via Franchigena, un itinerario di grande fascino, dichiarato dal Consiglio d'Europa “Grande Itinerario Culturale Europeo”.

Nordic Nature

Nordic Nature
Nordic Walking, the right way in the midst of living Nature.

VIVA recommends the premises belonging to the network “Saveurs du Val d’Aoste

Saveurs du Val d'Aoste

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