Gran Paradisio, Val de Cogne, Italy

The Val de Cogne is a side valley of the Aosta Valley in Italy.
It extends over part of the Gran Paradisio National Park, and includes the summit of the same name.

The Val de Cogne opens and divides into four minor valleys: Valnontey to the south, the valley of Grauson to the north, the valley of Urtier and the Valeille to the east.

The Valnontey is the name of a side valley of the Val de Cogne, but also the name of a hamlet (located at 1’666 meters above sea level), and is fully part of the Gran Paradiso National Park.
The photos below were taken during my hike along the torrent also called Valnontey.

The set of torrents making up the upper Cogne Valley converge to the Grand Eyvia river, which flows into the Dora Baltea near Aymavilles.
The Val de Cogne has recently faced two floods: the first one in 1993 and the second one in 2000, the largest, on October 15, with 400 mm of rain which caused landslides throughout the valley.

Near the hamlet of Valnontey is the Paradisia Alpine Botanical Garden, home to more than 1000 species of the Alps and other mountain groups from around the world.

During my hike, I had the pleasure of crossing the path of some chamois and marmots, that could be photographed without being scared.
It must be said that I have not encountered many people at this time of the year in this area of the Gran Paradisio National Park.

I hope you liked my photos of the Val de Cogne in Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy. Maybe it will motivate you to go hiking on some of its amazing trails.
The pictures serie illustrate my hike in the Valnontey Valley, along its torrent of the same name.

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