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Sella-Herbetet Traverse is a 12.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cogne, Aosta Valley, Italy that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

Length 12.4 mi Elevation gain 3,694 ft Route type Loop

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Forest

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Historic site

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This loop takes you along some of the Gran Paradiso mountain group. Climb up an old mule trail to the historical hunting lodge of King Vittorio Emanuele II, called Rifugio Sella. From here, head south to Casolari di Herbetet and then back along the river to Valnontey. From Rifugio Sella on, the route is mostly downhill. The loop is full of sweeping views of surrounding mountains and valleys, with ibex and other wildlife along the way. There is a chain to grab onto between the Rifugio and Casolari, but watch your feet as it can be rocky.

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Kf Flier
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HikingRocky

Great hike. Some parts you have to watch out but you will make it.

letitia bryan
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Stunning!

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Lee T
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Hiking

This was an incredible hike. It was hot during the initial ascent up to Rifugio Sella and there wasn't much shade, but the views were more than worth it. It took about three hours to get to Sella, where we refilled water and used the restrooms. We then continued across the ridge towards Herbetet, which we had completely to ourselves. Gorgeous views, narrow trails (that aren't as scary as they look in pictures), wildlife, and a light breeze. Not a trail I'd want to do when wet, however. It took another 3.5 hours to cross the ridge, and then another 2.5 hours to walk back to Valnontey along the river. Overall it was one of the best hikes I've ever done. Make sure to bring a camera!

Eric Ross
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Hiking

Phenomenal hike, with just about everything you could ask for: show-stopping views, waterfalls a-plenty, a range of different ecosystems (forests, alpine meadow, high alpine talus fields), and guaranteed ibex and marmot sitings. Be aware the middle quarter of the hike has near-constant exposure, with a few sketchy sections of trail (though ropes are affixed where it gets really dangerous), and some major stream crossings. Not a hike to be done in winter!

Arturo Gamboa
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Passeggiata strabiliante, stupefacente, incredibile, davvero speciale. non avere paura della sfida ma tenete conto di non farla quando ce ancora il ghiaccio e anche tantissima acqua perché diventa pericolosissimo. io sono stato molto fortunato ma non sapevo di questo pericolo.

Simon Guérard
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Hiking

Very beautiful hike!

Kaes Kniestedt
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Antonio Battaglia
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Ville Hoikkala
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