The Kingdom of the Marmot

Don’t think that the Alpine Marmot must be nearby when he whistles because he can be heard up to a mile away. His signal is heeded by Chamois, Deer and Ibex, a characteristic that has earned him the nickname of “sentinel of the Alps”. Although this animal is ever vigilant for danger, it is not difficult to spot a few during this trip because Mont Avic is the protected realm of the Marmots, surrounded by large expanses of the beautiful Edelweiss which flower just in time for these delightful animals to re-emerge from their slumber.


  • Where:

    Champorcher – The Mont Avic natural Park

  • Duration of activity and period recommended:

    1 day
    From June to September

  • No. of participants and age groups:

    Min. 10 Max 20 
    From 12 to 70 years

  • Physical preparation and equipment:

    Good physical preparation, will walk on paths between 2,000 m and 3,000 m above sea level.
    The course includes 2,5 hours up and 2 hours down as many.
    Own car to Dondena. Own cameras, video cameras and binoculars to better observe and film the fauna.
    Equipment included in the price, by the association Namastè: paperwork on the plant and animal species visible in the area and maps of the area.

  • Professionals involved:

    Nature hike guid


Departure from Dondena (2,100 m). Ascent along a alpine meadow rich in flora (edelweiss, buttercups, gentians, arnica) and marmots. Arrival at (2,990 m).
The hill and the surrounding peaks is home to a rich colony of Ibex and chamois, easily visible.
Along the path there are the alpine lakes Bianco e Miserin. Stop at the Refuge Miserin.
Visit the Sanctuary of Lake Miserin.
The return is following a path different from the first leg. Stop at the Refuge Dondena.
Rise time: 2,5 hours
Lowering time: 2 hours
Packed Lunches or lunch at the refuge Miserin


ASD Namasté
Guide escursionistiche naturalistiche - Aosta
+39 339 5813792


12 euro per person for the nature hike guide

Timing and conditions of booking

Up to seven days prior to the association




2.580 metri


1 day


From June to September