The arrival of autumn in Valsesia is accompanied by fairs, festivals and events [ link to the article already published], but also by a great desire to go out and enjoy the last days of warm sun far from the music and life in the country. Opportunities for a walk or a real trekking trip for one or more days are plentiful. There is no need to be an expert: simply wear a pair of boots, comfortable clothes and set off on one of the many “easy routes” chosen from the section Trekking and walks. For those who prefer more challenging walks, we recommend relying on one of our qualified guides found on this page. Either way you’ll be spoiled for choice: to simplify your task, we suggest 5 good ideas for hiking in the autumn months of October and November. Ready?
1) THE TAILLI LAKES, A MYSTIC PLACE IN THE VALLEY OTRO
A trek unsuitable for children, but a fascinating one which leads to the Laghi Tailli, one of the most mystical places of all in Val d’Otro. A hiking time of 3 hours and 30 minutes, is what it takes to climb the 1,200 meters from the starting point to arrival at 2775meters. To welcome all hikers is a landscape of meadows, rocks, small ravines, valleys and of course the lakes, soft and lovely, carved into the rock.
2) THE PATH OF ART CAMPERTOGNO-ARGNACCA-CANGELLO
Focused on art, the sentiero di campertogno-argnacca-cagnello spans centuries of pictorial, history and architecture of our valleys. From the sixteenth century oratory of San Marco to the chapel of Scarpia, from the Church of Our Lady of Callone to the oratory of San Bernardo … a path for those who love art, to be enjoyed in the open surrounded by an autumn landscape.
3) THE NATURE RESERVE OF THE SACRED MOUNTAIN OF VARALLO
Varallo and the Sacro Monte are a-must- see for anyone visiting Alagna and Valsesia. In this corner of the Alps, elected as the Special Nature Reserve, many vestiges of the past, firstly the Santa Maria delle Grazie with its famous Gaudenzian wall, are preserved . Do not forget that the Holy Mount of Varallo remains the oldest of the “new Jerusalem”, reproductions of the holy places of Palestine and the scenes of Christ’s life which were spread during the anti-reform years.
4) THE PATH ON THE SLOPES OF MONTE ROSA
Another good idea for Autumn hiking is, Walser Trekking, the path on the slopes of Monte Rosa. It is a path that starts at a height of about 1450 meters up the waterfall, White Water to 2,070 meters up Alpe d’Fun Ekku. The tour is accessible to everyone and allows you to observe the towering glaciers of the southern slope of Mount Rosa from a privileged position.
5) THE VIA REGIA OF VAL VOGNA
And finally … a small trek along a path followed by hermits, communities, settlers and adventurers over the centuries, on their way to reach the valleys on the French side via the Alps. The royal road of the Val Vogna is a circular route dotted with villages rich in Walser architecture, immersed in a perfectly preserved environment, where man and nature have been coexisting in peace for centuries.