The route of a drop of water down the mountain

Follow the experience of a drop of water as it falls onto a glacier. With a 2000 metre drop from the upper reaches to the valley floor, an excursion along an exhilarating network of shepherds’ trails from which to enjoy all the views at different heights on the way down.


  • Where:

    Natural Reserve of the Côte of Gargantua
    area of basin of Pila (above 1,600 m) and SIC / Reserve

  • Duration of activity and period recommended:

    1 day
    From June to September
    (depending of the opening plants of PILA SpA. For 2012: from 25 June to 11 September)

  • No. of participants and age groups:

    Max 10 
    From 14 to 80 years

  • Physical preparation and equipment:

    Medium (good walkers)
    Basic equipment for hiking in summer: sticks, backpack, boots, clothing mountains 
    Personal equipment

  • Professionals involved:

    Nature hike guide


1/4 time for the briefing
17' climb Aosta-PILA (579 m – 1,801 m)
7' climb Chamolé (1,765 m - 2,309 m)
30’ foot to transfer out Chairlift COUIS1 (19c) (2,309 m - 2,163 m)
10' lift up Couis 1 (2,163 m - 2,705 m)
2h 30' descent to PILA Gorraz (22a) (2,705 m - 1,801 m)
2 hour descent to the Côte de Gargantua (20) to GRESSAN (1,801 m)
45' back on the bike path or 5' by bus to the parking GONDOLA


Sirdar Montagne et Aventure
Via Cesare Ollietti 42, 11015 La Salle (AO)
tel. +39 366 2829117


25 euro per person for the nature hike guide
Ticket Aosta-Pila round trip: 5,00 euro per person
Ticket chair round trip: 13,20 euro per person
Packed lunch or lunch in a typical restaurant of PILA (about 20 euro)
Total: 43.20 to 63.20 euro per person

Timing and conditions of booking

At the association of reference



2.700 metri


1 day


From June to September



Viva recommends consulting the official tourism website of the Aosta Valley to find out DOVE MANGIARE

Love VDA