This is an excerpt from the book “Aosta Valley Itineraries”.

Chamois - Photo © Enrico Massetti
Chamois – Photo © Enrico Massetti

The town of Chamois in Valtournenche, is the only town in Italy could only be reached by cable car or on foot. For this reason it is the ideal destination for those looking for a quiet moment. The municipality is made up of several villages, scattered on the sunny side of the mountain, which preserve magnificent examples of typical rural. The lack of traffic and the silence of the places are good for those who shy away from the busy city.

Monte Rosa from Col di Nana
Monte Rosa from Col di Nana – Photo © Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley

Many excursions can be made in the area. A short walk (or ride the comfortable chair) you can reach Lake Lod, beautifully placed, and the nearby area for a picnic. Walkers can continue along the “great balcony of the Matterhorn” to the beautiful village of Cheneil or go to Clavalité Sanctuary, situated on a ridge extremely scenic. A flat dirt road, almost entirely in the forest, connecting with Chamois La Magdeleine is a path suitable for mountain biking, accessible to less experienced. Very nice also hike to Col de Nana and the path half way linking Chamois Valtournenche. At least downhill, it is worth to avoid the cable car and return to the valley along the winding but fascinating trail that descends to Buisson alongside some beautiful waterfalls.

The municipality participates in the project “Alpine Pearls” which brings together prestigious resorts of the Alps engaged in sustainable tourism initiatives that involve mobility, environmental protection, promotion of traditional products and the local culture.

Although Chamois has no paved roads, the location is still open to the world and to innovations: the town is in fact served by wireless connections for data and telephony.

Chamois - Photo © Enrico Massetti
Chamois – Photo © Enrico Massetti

There are twelve kilometers of ski trails and two chairlifts that, from the village square, bring you to 2.500 meters. Downhill ski and cross country ski are both available, or just the pleasure to enjoy the sunshine.

Lod Lake - Photo © Enrico Massetti
Lod Lake – Photo © Enrico Massetti

Text courtesy in part and © of Donato Arcaro, touristic and naturalistic guide of the Aosta Valley, translation Enrico Massetti.

Where to stay in Chamois

There is an hotel available, check it out and make a reservation here.