Refuge Dondena is located in an authentic crossroads of big routes which you can take at the foot of the valleys of the Gran Paradiso National Park: from Valprato-Soana (east, south-east) towards the col Larissa, from Campiglia (south) towards the very steep col della Balma below Rosa dei Banchi, from Cogne (west) towards the col Fenetre de Champorcher, from Champdepraz (north) towards the Chalamy valley and the col du Lac. The itineraries signaled at international level are: Alta via n°2 of the Aosta Valley and recently the Via Alpina. The main peak of the area is Mont Glacier (m. 3.185) which you can reach from the refuges in 3/4 hours but there are other easier excursions such as Fenetre de Champorcher, lake Rate and Becca Barmasse (m. 2303). The most demanding excursion is Rosa dei Banchi (m. 3163) which presents alpine difficulties not to be underestimated for its exposure and the schistose ground.

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.


Refuge Dondena, which has hotel facilities, is particularly suitable for families, children and young people.

At the refuges you can follow drawing and environmental courses, excursions, go trekking with the assistance of the guide of the park Gianni Tamiozzo. For further information: 340.0021540 o