The High Way n.1, called THE GIANTS HIGH WAY, is a hiking trail with an incomparable scenery: it develops at the foot of the highest massifs of Europe, such as Monte Rosa, Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. This itinerary offers, alongside the superb examples of natural architecture in the Alps, incomparable examples of rural architecture, closely linked to the pastures life.
It goes along the left bank of the Dora Baltea river, The High Way n.1 is viable by anyone since it follows well-marked and fully signaled footpaths. It develops in 17 daily stages, from Donnas to Courmayeur (requiring on average of 3/5 hour walk each) providing hikers resting stops and dining options for every need.
The high natural value of these environments and the high and famous mountains, full of history and companies, which act as a superb setting, offer a picture of the past that the hiker will simply have to admire and appreciate.
13th STAGE: Rey - Champillon Refuge (5 km)
Just above the village of Rey, you take the path that, rising in a dense conifer wood, passes near the old pasture of Prumayes and comes out in the grazing-lands. Following a short section of the dirt road, you reach the summer pastures of Champillon (2.057 m.) where, nearby, you can admire the little church of Notre-Dame des Neiges.
It then continues to rise, on the dirt road, up to quickly reach the pasture of Pessinoille. From here the path, after passing by steep green grazings, reaches the pasture of Tsa de Champillon and, a little higher, the "A.Letey" Champillon mountain refuge (2.375 m.).
This small, scenic chapel is located just above the pasture of Champillon at 2.085 mteters of altitude, on the bank of a canal. Its location along some hiking routes, surrounded by green pastures, made the church a place of great interest in the area.
At the foot of the namesake hill, on a scenic rock at an altitude of 2.465 meters, the refuge is an excellent vantage point all over the beautiful By plain: from the Grand Combin to Mont Gelé. The refuge is upstream of the Tsa Champillon mountain pasture, along hiking roads, and it was inaugurated in 2005 and dedicated to Adolfo Letey, creator of the structure.
City of departure: Ollomont
City of arrival: Doues
Arrival: Rifugio Champillon
Length (Km): 5
Type of Itinerary: Short routes - Half day
Difference in height (m): 1038
Difference in downhill (m): 0
Highest point (m): 2421
Lowest point (m): 1397
Duration (h.): 3