Only on request for a group of 10 to 12 persons
Travel periods from June to September
9 Days/8 Nights
guided by Klaudia and Sebastian or Regina
„Old trails—filled with tranquility and peace—traverse the hillsides and mountains of the Maira valley in the Maritime Alps. The inhabitants of the valley have been successful in developing a model of “soft tourism” offering visitors accommodation in their stunningly restored stone houses and providing amazing culinary delights with regional products. The beauty of the landscape matches the generosity and authenticity of man-made aesthetics.
June is probably the best month to visit this valley because nature is in full bloom—and the mountain sides are covered with the most colorful and diverse flowers. There is an impressive array and intensity of colors brought about by the southern sun and the moisture the winds carry from the Mediterranean to the mountains.
Our hike will take us to the middle region of the valley and allow us to explore both sides of the valley—all the way to the head of the Valle Maira. The colorful carpet of the mountain pastures at high altitudes, the lush green of the forests, and the astounding magnificence of the arid mountains (in all their prominent shapes) are truly impressive. Like few other regions, the Valle Maira combines extraordinary natural beauty with the most exceptional gourmet cuisine based on the traditions of “slow food”.
The median altitude at which we will follow our trails is about 1400m. This means that even when it is quite warm, walking is pleasant. The trails on this alpine tour lead us mostly through meadows, pastures, forests, and rocky terrain. Every day we will walk about six to eight hours. Your fitness level must allow you to cover 300m of ascent within an hour and, of course, you must be able to do daily hiking of the amount described. Furthermore, it is mandatory that you are capable of crossing hillsides even when they are steep; that you are sure-footed on rocky trails and that you demonstrate endurance in keeping up a good, steady pace (with the group). Group coherence regarding hiking pace is essential for reaching the daily destination.
Cost 1585,00 €/person
Since my early childhood my mother took me for hikes in the Alps. We spent most of our family summer vacations in the mountains and forests in alpine huts close to clear rivers. My siblings and I loved to explore the surrounding nature by damming up streams with wood and mud or by creating small huts with stones and sticks. This love for mountains and nature continued to grow. In every country I traveled, I grabbed my camping gear and explored the countryside by foot or bicycle. I like the challenge of hiking and cycling for weeks and being limited to the bare essentials. Every day is an adventure and you never know whom you are going to meet and where you are going to sleep.
My favorite destinations have been so far Australia and the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Over the last years, I spent quite a lot of time hiking through Morocco due to my travel agency Imouzzer Travel, which I founded with an Moroccan friend in 2014. Most of the year I live in Vienna where I work as a child pedagogue in a forest kindergarten.
loves to hike and spends much of her vacation time in the Austrian or Italian Alps. She got to know Klaudia by joining one of her guided tours in the Valle Maira. Regina will be serving as Klaudia’s “sous guide” on this trip and offer her language skills to assure smooth communication in the trilingual environment of Italian/German/English.
Regina spent almost 30 years in the US—teaching literature at the university level. Since 2009 she has been back in Austria enjoying the urban delights of Vienna.
Klaudia Bestle: guide
I love to explore new regions and new landscapes by hiking, and I consider this passion something very special in my life.
In particular, I find it exciting to hike along old trails and be able to link my experience in the present to life in the past. Going on long (multi-day) tours is a challenge that is inspiring.
Therefore I developed the idea to share this experience with others and show them the amazing landscapes that I discovered while hiking.
In 2010 I established the travel agency "Sinnwandern: Das geführte Reisen zu Fuß" while still active in my job as a registered nurse. I decided to offer long tours based on my own experience and dreams. It is my energy, curiosity, courage, and my confidence in always finding solutions -- even when the destination seems impossible to reach -- that allow me to offer very special and memorable hiking experiences.