MAY: This morning we transfer up to Etroubles, a lovely village which was once the winter quarters of Roman soldiers.Today's walk promises a deep experience along the mountains, crossing meadows and pinewoods, where pilgrim's worshipped relics of St Ursus and St Gratus (now the patron saints of the Aosta valley). You'll pass ruins and ancient chapels and follow the stream "Ru Neuf" before arriving back in Aosta. Walk distance: 16km/10mi, +723m/2371ft, -1406m/4612ft
SEPTEMBER: This morning we transfer to Bourg St Pierre (55km) through the St Bernard tunnel, before walking along a route which has been in constant use for over 2000 years, the Saint Bernard Pass. The pass is famous for its hospice and St Bernard dogs that were used to rescue weary pilgrims. Overnight at the Saint Bernard Pass.
Walk distance: 11.5km/6.8mi, Ascent 1137m/3730ft, descent 2096m/6876ft
Meals: breakfast, dinner