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Refugi Miserin

Refugi Dondena

Refugi della Rosa
localita Dondena - 11020 Champorcher (AO)
Tel: 347-254-8391 or 348-266-4837
Type: 2 Mountain Refuges and Hostels - Refugo Dondena and Refugo Miserin
Other: Banquets, Meetings and conventions links: Valle D'Aosta Region, Piedmont Region and Liguria Region
Hosts: Managers and staffs
Booking: IV Travel (please make first contact by email)
  • Refuge Dondena - hotel style - 80 beds (animals accepted if room available - check with hotel)
  • Refuge Miserin - hostel style rooms with bunks
  • Mountain trekking, hikes

Trek the Grand Paradiso
with the Parnassius and Apollo Trekking Club

More Information

For more information about the Grand Paradiso National Park
click here

Location:  Grand Paradiso National Park - near city center
  • You can reach Refuge Dondena by the motorway A5 Turin-Aosta. Leave the motorway at the tollgate of Pont-Saint-Martin (exit for Gressoney and Champorcher), take the national road until you come to Bard. Just after Bard, at the roundabout, turn left, cross the Dora Baltea river and go past the village of Hône. Follow the winding road along the Champorcher Valley until you get to Champorcher. Soon after the centre of the village, take the right turning for the Mont Avic Park and Miserin. Follow the road and keep driving along the dirt road. Leave the car at Dondena (mt. 2.100) and continue on foot to the refuge which you can already see from the parking space. In a fifteen minute walk you arrive at destination.
  • You can reach refuge Miserin from refuge Dondena walking along the royal road which leads to lake Miserin


  • Aosta - 60 km
  • Turino - 86 km
  • Milano - 154 km
  • Genoa - 217 km
  • Chambery, France - 256 km
  • Lyon, France - 335 km
  • Basel, Switzerland - 355 km
Map: MapQuest (Champorcher)
  • Refuge Dondena - OPENING DATE 2006:
    w.e. 10/6-11/6 and from 15/6 to 10/9
  • Refuge Miserin - from 7/16 to 9/11
Cost: See chart below
Payment: 30% deposit, remainder within 30 days of booking
REFUGE DONDENA:  Former royal hunting house, the refuge is situated in a splendid position in the green Dondena valley on the edge of the Mont Avic Park. The refuge can easily be reached as it is only a fifteen-minute walk from the parking area.

REFUGE MISERIN:  A former pilgrim hospice of the sanctuary “Madonna delle Nevi”, the refuge is situated on the shore of lake Miserin, in an exceptional position in the Mont Avic Park. It takes an hour walk to get to the refuge from the Grand Paradiso National Park.

The beauty of the alpine meadows around these two refuges and lake Miserin with the sanctuary “Madonna delle Nevi” of historical interest make this place one of the most attractive in the area. The two refuges, which are about two hours from each other, give you the chance to spend alternative and relaxing holidays and take very easy excursions (Contact Gianni Tamiozzo of the Parnassius and Apollo Trekking Club).

Flowers bloom between the end of May and August colouring Alpine meadows which are among the most luxuriant and significant of the Aosta Valley. The flora is quite varied thanks to the primitive composition of the soil and the widespread presence of calcareous schists of Piedmont group mixed with green stones. Near the noticeable Mont Glacier, rocks become harsher and more compact  in the ultrabasic of Mont Avic where ophiolitic rocks outcrop.

The naturalistic aspects are suggestive and they have only partly been affected by human activities. The traditional agricultural and stock raising activities have always been present.

The fauna of the park includes all the wild animals living in the alpine area and there are the typical species of Alpine meadows such as chamois, ibexes and marmots plus all the minor fauna.  Among the birds, you can find white-tailed ptarmigans, partridges and in the coniferous forests below Dondena there are black grouse.


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   - overnight stay 20€
   - half board 35€ (excluding drinks)
   - full board 40€ (excluding drinks)

   - overnight stay 20€
   - half-board 35€ (excluding drinks)

Booking: IV Travel (please make first contact by email)