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Lago Pellaud via the Grand Rû Ring hike

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Lago Pellaud via the Grand Rû Ring hike

Distance: 4.8mi
Elevation: 863ft
Time: 2-3h

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The Lago Pellaud via the Grand Rû Ring Trail is an amazing hike right on the western border of Gran Paradiso National Park. It takes you through the beautiful valley of Rhêmes-Notre-Dame where you can see stunning waterfalls, snowy mountains and traditional Italian villages.

Lago Pellaud via the Grand Rû Ring hike Map

Getting there

Use road SR24 towards Rhemes-Notre-Dame. The Chanavey village is roughly 25 Km from Aosta. Park your car in one of the free car parks in Chanavey.

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When to do

All Year

Backcountry Campsites

No

Pets allowed

Yes

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Circuit


Lago Pellaud via the Grand Rû Ring
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Route Description for Lago Pellaud via the Grand Rû Ring

Park the car at the free car park in Chanavey and cross the river via a small bridge towards the 9A route sign. Keep the river along your right. Here you should see the gondolas, which are mainly used for the skiing season. You will be going against the stream of River Dora di Rhemes almost all the way.

You will immediately see a beautiful mountain wall on the right side. If the day is clear, you should also see spectacular mountains towering in front.

During the spring, this hike is a great place to see ibex and chamois as they come down to the valley for fresh grass.

Follow the trail through the beautiful Chanavey hamlet which is usually a lot busier during the skiing season. After less than one kilometer, you will venture through the Orelley village. From here you will be able to see the beautiful village of Rhemes-Notre-Dame on the other side of the river. But don’t worry about seeing more of it yet, as you will be returning through the village on your way back.

Follow the trail until you reach a crossroad with trail arrows. The 9A points to the hills, but you have to stay on the trail that leads along the river, which is marked 11A. Keep the river along your right.

You will reach a wooden staircase that will take you higher on the valley slopes. Here you will see a beautiful waterfall on your left and some spectacular rocky mountain formations.

After you cross a small wooden bridge you will reach another hidden village – Chaudanne. On a good day, you should see a spectacular snowy mountain ridge to your right with rushing water streams formed by the melting snow.

Follow the signs towards Lago Pellaud. You will cross a sheep farm and reach a new smaller stream in front of you. Follow the stream downward.

Just after another 50 meters, you will come to the Mulino, which is an old historic building that was used as a mill centuries ago. After the invention of electricity, it was converted to an electric station. Right next to Mulino, you will see the peaceful Pellaud Lake. The lake is surrounded by old pine trees and it even has a working bar nearby where you can grab some refreshments. The lake is so clear that sometimes you can even spot the trout swimming carelessly through the water. This is also a great area for a picnic as there are big wooden tables and benches nearby.

After Lago Pellaud, you will reach the Pellaud village. Look for a small white chapel on your left. Leave the chapel on your left as you continue towards the sign to Thumel.

You will walk through a beautiful forest along the Dora di Rhemes River. Here you will pass beautiful rock formations and see the majestic mountains even clearer. The view of rushing waterfalls, steep cliffs and traditional villages under the towering mountains is spectacular.

After less than one kilometer you will come to a bridge. It has also a green post with number 11 next to it. Cross the bridge and walk back along a paved road towards Chanavey. If you want to make this hike longer, you can walk for another 40 minutes against the river stream to Thumel village and cross the river there, to return to Chanavey.

On your way back, you will walk through the beautiful Rhemes-Notre-Dame which is a combination of old traditional buildings and picturesque hotels, mainly open for the winter season.

Insider Hints

  • If you think you did not carry enough water, don’t worry. There are numerous drinking water faucets all along the trail.

  • Visit the Cafe’ Du Coin for an afternoon tea and fantastic traditional desserts.

  • Walk all the way to Thumel to extend this hike for another 40 minutes one way.

Comments

Francesco D. 10 months ago

A suitable place for a beautiful and short walk

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TeddyBear 12 months ago

Unique and spectacular environment

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Rolando Acciaio 12 months ago

Nice little lake with a superb view of the mountains

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claritam 12 months ago

Lovely short hike! I enjoyed the traditional villages, it represents their rich culture.

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justinhardy 1 year ago

Love the changing scenery! There are mountains, meadows, historical buildings and farms. you'll never get bored.

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Matilda86 1 year ago

Cute hike with nice waterfalls

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Bridget Mcbride 2 years ago

Incredible! The waterfalls was not that big but it's lovely.

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Daphne P. 2 years ago

Highly recommend this beautiful hike. The view was exceptional. Trails were easy to do. Perfect for a family adventure.

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Laura K. 2 years ago

Glad there are drinking faucets along the trail. My jug was not tightly closed, and the water spilled.

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Saanvi Jt 2 years ago

Child friendly trail! Stunning views! Might return again when the new member is ready.

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