15/06/2022 - 15/09/2023


With a few small detours, the path of the Glorious Return retraces the route followed by a thousand Waldensians in 1689 with the aim of winning back their lands after their exile in Geneva.

An absolutely unique trek for its historical and environmental value. The route on the Italian side takes place in 6 stages. This is one part with the option of completing it in two further tours.


Day 1

Meet in Susa. Transfer to Bonneval Sur Arc. Along the Chemin de l'Histoire, an easy hiking route of great historical and architectural interest. We pass through the village of Bessans to end in Lanslevillard. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 2

We go up to the Mont-Cenis Pass and take the Chemin de la Ramasse route that was used for the transport of passengers with sleds to the pass up to the Napoleonic era. We follow the paved road for a short distance and then skirt round the stunning scenery of the lake and the Refuge du Petit Mont-Cenis mountain hut.

Day 3

We go up to the highest point on this tour, the Clapier Pass, passing Lake Savine to finally arrive at the Vaccarone mountain hut through a splendid high altitude landscape. It is the most demanding stage but your efforts will be rewarded by frequent wildlife sightings.

Day 4

We descend towards the limestone rock formations of the Denti di Chiomonte, stopping at the "Buco di Colombano Romean", an incredible tunnel dug by one man all on his own in the mid-16th century, to reach the Rifugio Levi mountain hut via the panoramic balcony trail. These paths provide a taste of the atmosphere of ancient mountaineering.

Day 5

Descent to Salbertrand. We reach Ponte della Canebiers, the site of a clash between the French army and the surviving Waldensians. You will surely empathise with the Waldensians, tested to their limits by their enemies and by nature. Visit to the Material Culture Ecomuseum of the Alpi Cozie Park. End of the trek.

Rates / Supplements

Price per person from:

€ 750,00 (groups of 4 pax)
€ 550,00 (groups of 1 pax)

The price includes:

5 days with an Environmental Hiking Guide plus their expenses (with the option to travel independently).
Road book with map, description of itineraries and GPS tracks (for the independent option), 4 nights in mountain huts.
Transfer from Susa to Bonneval Sur Arc.
Meals as indicated in the programme (lunches are always packed).
Entrance fees to the Park and to the Ecomuseum, where applicable.
Telephone assistance throughout the trip.

The price does not include:

All services not specified in "The price includes" section


Organisation of transfers to and from Susa and/or Oulx.
Personalised stay arrangements.
Sherpa-style luggage service on certain routes only.


Holiday formula:

Groups, Individuals

Guided tour:


Equipment required:

Heavy sweater
Microfibre towel
Mountain backpack 15kg
Outdoor clothing
Sleeping bag
Sun cream
Trekking boots
Trekking poles
Trekking trousers
Water bottle with at least 1lt capacity