A route immersed in the green, starting by car from the city until you almost do not distinguish the blue of the sky and the lake at almost 2000 meters of altitude.
Going up from Aosta towards the valley of Gran San Bernardo towards Valpelline, until you reach Bionaz. Bionaz is the last village that separates us from the dam from which our excursion starts today.
From the beginning of the dam starts the path that runs along the entire reservoir for about 6 km.
The path is mainly unpaved and in sunny days you can admire the lake in its brightest green water.
At the end of the lake there is the Prarayer refuge at 2007 m where you can take a break before going back. The route does not present any particular difficulty and is particularly suitable for children who will enjoy themselves along the way.
The lake of Place-Moulin is of artificial origin due to the presence of the homonymous dam, formed over the years by the waters of the Buthier stream, which runs through the entire Valpelline.
As well as the lake of Beauregard, it is one of the biggest lakes of the Aosta Valley and its arch dam is the highest in Europe with its 155 meters of height.
For those who do not want to stop at the refuge, we recommend a picnic stop at Lexert Lake near Bionaz.
For the more adventurous instead the tour could also continue up to the Refuge Capanna Aosta at 2780 m above sea level, which we leave for the next stage.
Tipologia percorso: sterrato
Acqua: presso il rifugio Prarayer dopo i 6 km dell’andata