Rifugio Vittorio Sella

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mancinmilan
Milan, Italy24 contributions
We started from Valnontey which we reached thanks fo the free bus from Cogne. The altitude difference is 900 metres and it is quite a steep climb. Worth it though. If you are lucky, you will see wild animals that are typical of the area. Food etc available at the large "rifugio".
Written August 13, 2022
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Conram
Giv'atayim, Israel414 contributions
First off this is a review of the trek from Valnontay up to this Rifugio and not of the rifugio itself. This type of trekker's refuge is common in the Alpine region, the uncommon part is that it serves good food and drinks. Also it is the end point of a very popular trek in the Gran Paradiso National Park.
This was the third of treks in the Aosta Valley during our 10 days there, although the trek involved going up 900 meters it was not too difficult; it took us three and a half hours up, and 3 hours down.
We were staying in Cogne and drove our car to Valnontay where the start of this particular trek begins. There's a parking lot at the north entrance to Valnontey, it is paid parking and probably the best place to park. I wanted to be closer to the start of the trail so I continued into Valnontay till I saw a narrow bridge turning right across the river, after crossing the bridge I took the second turn left and went up to the parking lot that belonged to a Bar/Restaurant. It was almost empty so I parked in the southern most corner - where trail #18 begins. I do not recommend this when it is the busy season, there are other parking places on both sides of the river just south of the bridge.
The trail is marked 18 in a circle, it is also marked as trail #2 in a triangle. Most of the time they are the same and both reach Rifugio Sella. But whenever they split up #2 is the difficult climb up. So look closely to see where the #18 is pointing to on the signs spread across the route.
It is a fine trek with great scenery and a few cascades & waterfalls. You eventually climb up 900 meters but it is a fairly gentle slope and very enjoyable & exhilarating.
At the end of it is the refuge, quite a big one, all we needed it for was the toilet there and the restaurant. All I could think of during the last 15 minutes was "I hope they have hot chocolate". They did, very tasty and the day's desert was a chocolate cake with whipped cream. I had both, my wife wanted a soup but we arrived rather late and that was finished, so she ordered a plate of Polenta with baked cheese. That replenished all the energy expended and made her feel warm.
Other trekkers arriving the same time we did had plans on staying there overnight and maybe trekking the more strenuous trails beyond Rifugio Sella. We didn't have time to stay and chat, we didn't know how long it would take us to go down and didn't want to get back later than 17:00.
Written September 26, 2017
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Jakub H
Kolin, Czech Republic53 contributions
Staff was very kind. We enjoy our stay. Dinner and breakfast was excellent. Highly recommended. If you strart walking first to Col Lauson you can meet chamois or ibex.
Written March 1, 2020
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Monika TV
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Family
This beautiful hike was the highlight of our trip to the Alpes.
Amazing view, great trail and very family friendly! The best beer ever when we arrived at the top.
We brought our kids and our youngest is 5. She did a great job of walking almost the whole trail herself. So proud of her!
We slept in a room with 13 beds. The beds were horrible though! Remember to use your travel sheet. If not you can buy a set of sheets to use. One shower for women is too little and kind of irritating that you have to undress in the open where others go through to use the toilet.
It has high prizes up in the mountains but I guess one also pays for the experience. (€5 for a beer!)
You can keep walking to the next mountain top but we went back down in the morning. With kids we used 4 and a half hrs up and 2 and a half hrs down, with a stop to eat both ways.
Written July 28, 2016
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DnA38
Boechout, Belgium233 contributions
Family
Very large and easily accessible CAI mountain hut. Colonies of Stambecco in the direct vicinity, great for kids (and adults).
Decent cuisine.
Written July 11, 2016
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mghill2015
Central Point, OR12 contributions
Couples
Not to be missed. Go beyond the Refugio and gave a picnic in the rocks by some small pools. Great photo opportunities. Bring plenty of water. Poles not necessary but helpful on the steep downhill return.
Written September 29, 2015
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Nicholas C
Colorado30 contributions
Family
Refugio Sella is about 5 km from the trailhead in Valnontey with an altitude gain of about 1000 meters, set if a lovely cirque of snow and glacier covered peaks. The weather was wet and cool the day we visited and, as a result, it was just us and the manager, her mother in law and daughter in the refugio that day. We stopped for a about 45 minutes for lunch and a chat, delivered some mail that the manager's father-in-law asked us to deliver to his wife, and headed back. The restaurant was cozy and comfortable and the food very good. The hike is quite nice and follows a rapidly flowing stream most of the way, passes through a number of interesting ruins and presents the opportunity to see a good deal of wildlife. The round trip is a good workout and took us about 4.5 hours including lunch. I would expect the trail to be quite crowded during peak season, but we were there only a few days prior to their closing for the winter and except for a couple of parties near the bottom of the trail, we saw no other hikers. Very well worth the effort, even on a rainy day.
Written September 22, 2014
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SciRad
Brighton, UK576 contributions
Business
We hiked up out of season - June - which was relatively quiet - apparently August is hellishly busy. The refugio managers are wonderful, funny and generous people, who fed and watered three tired souls with lashing of steaming hot deer stew and ice cold beer. After a quick snifter of the local grappa we headed to bed. The rooms are small, very basic but comfortable. No showers but they do have toilets, sinks and hot water. Coffee is good too. I'd return for the food alone and the chance to see some of the local wildlife. Tip to new walkers - stick to the marked paths and don't pick any flowers. One ranger pointed out that the ubiquitous purple alpine flowers can incur a 600 euro fine if they catch you with one! The Gran Paradiso park is magic though - listen out for the sound of Marmots whistling your arrival as you hike up. If you see any ibex, count yourself lucky.
Written June 24, 2014
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ginsengNewYork
new york1,168 contributions
Couples
We could not stay at the Refugio as it was closed but we did hike up to it (or not far from it as the path was still covered with snow). We left our car in Valnontey and hiked up and up! Steady 6 km pure uphill which takes 3 to 4 hours one way depending on your pace and fitness.
Well worth it with amazing views, beautiful flowers and animals sightings.
Written May 23, 2018
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JJOnline
Milan, Italy117 contributions
Family
It was a pleasantly challenging walk up to this refuge, and in all honesty, one does not expect the world of food in such a place, but all the dishes we ordered, from salads to mains, to deserts were very good.

Best of all was the revelation of a white wine made from Pinot Nero grapes, which was unusual and quite unlike any other ever. The service was impeccable and friendly, and the young couple that run the place were charming people.

To think that you can find these standards after a 2.5 hour walk from a restaurant that gets a delivery once a week by helicopter is really quite extraordinary.
Written August 11, 2016
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