VAL TARTANO AND BITTO CHEESE
Val Tartano is one of Valtellina side valleys and is part of the so called Orobie Valtellinesi Natural Park. Today, it is well-known because of the Tibetan bridge crossing the valley, but it offers various and wonderful excursions to everybody.
Today’s excursion requires a moderate effort owing to the rocky terrain, but it is very easy and accessible to people used to going to mountain.
The path starts in Arale hamlet in Tartano and runs to the 3 small alpine lakes at 2000 m a.s.l. surrounded by high mountains, through pastures rich in flowers, ancient dairies, streams, and waterfalls. And it is on these rich and fat pastures that the famous Bitto cheese is produced, which we will taste in Nature accompanied by handcrafted beer DuLac.
A very nice and comfortable excursion to enjoy fresh air and great panoramas on Pizzo Badile.
Cheese tasting is part of the excursion.
Thank you very much to Bartolini Omar and its farm for the kind cooperation and quality of the cheese.
Difference in altitude: 600 m
Distance: 7 km
Real walking time: 3 hours and half
Maximum altitude: 2070 m a.s.l.
POINTS OF INTEREST
– Pastures where local cheese is produced, as well as ancient alpine dairies
– Alpine lakes
– A great variety of pastures and alpine flowers.
– Tasting of local cheese and beer in Nature, including Bitto cheese.
Terrain:rocky mountain paths requiring sure footedness. Trekking poles recommended (telescopic ones are very handy);
Gradient: moderate and constant
Attention points: sure footedness required
Excursion suitable for adults and teens over 12 used to walk on mountains paths on different terrains.
Trekking shoes required with gripping Vibram soles.
Dogs must be on a leash owing to the presence of wild animals in the wood and out of respect for other participants who could be afraid of or annoyed by them. Do not hesitate to contact the Guide.
The excursions I offer also aim at supporting local economic activities and at living unique experiences closely in touch with and with respect to people and places.
That’s why they often include tasting experiences and/or chance to buy local products directly from producers, mainly small local activities working hard and with passion to keep traditions alive;
That’s why groups I accompany are usually small … in order to meet and live local people and enter their lives and the calmness of the place on tiptoes.
The Cape Town Declaration in 2002 recognises that Responsible Tourism takes a variety of forms, it is characterised by travel and tourism which:
- minimises negative economic, environmental and social impacts;
- generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities, improves working conditions and access to the industry;
- involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life changes;
- makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, to the maintenance of the world’s diversity;
- provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues;
- provide access for people with disabilities and the disadvantaged;
- is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.
- Meeting point 9.10am at Chiesetta della Piana. Then we will reach car parking in Arale hamlet at the end of Val Lunga – free car parking; for more details please contact the Guide in advance as in the valley the mobile line is disconnected;
- Excursion to pastures and alpine lakes; packed lunch in nature;
- 4.30/5pm return to car parking and end of the tour.
The excursion can be cancelled or postponed anytime by the Guide at her absolute discretion, in case safe and proper conditions cannot be guaranteed following bad weather conditions on the day of the excursion or on the previous days.
Any fee paid will be considered valid as a voucher for the next excursion (except for foreign people) – validity 1 year from date of excursion.
Adults: € 20.00;
Children and teens up to 12-year-old accompanied by an adult: € 12,00
Inclusions: Nature Guide fee accompanying the group – AIGAE LO639; liability insurance.
Exclusions: any lunch and break; any transport to the meeting point; any tasting; injury insurance; any tasting; any service not included in the item “inclusions”.
EXTRA COSTS TO BE PAID ON SITE
12 € per person for cheese and beer tasting ( 3 different kind of cheese including 2020 Bitto and handcrafted beer);
Please prevent the Guide in case of allergies and special diet.
Reservation required WITHIN FRIDAY 10th SEPTEMBER 2021, on the relevant link on my website www.trekandtaste.it or by contacting me directly: e-mail email@example.com and mobile +39 347 04 05 703.
MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 4
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 15
Minors must be accompanied by an adult holding responsible.
Participation to the excursions implies unconditioned acceptance of the rules available on my website www.trekandtaste.com.
INJURY INSURANCE FOR TREKKERS
Participation fee only includes liability insurance; no injury insurance coverage is provided to Participants to the excursion. It is advisable to take out a suitable injury insurance.
EIC Organization offer an annual injury insurance which can be activated by the Trip&Trek app and amounting to 10 euros per year, per person. The insurance is valid 1 year whenever you participate to an excursion with and AIGAE Guide. For more details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meeting point is at Chiesetta della Piana along Val Lunga, after the village of Tartano. Then we will reach car parking in Arale hamlet at the end of Val Lunga – free car parking; for more details please contact the Guide in advance as in the valley the mobile line is disconnected;
Private cars are to be shared according to the containment measures in force.
- hiking shoes are required, preferably high laced-up and having soles in Vibram material to walk safely on any terrain and in any season;
- hiking poles recommended considerably reducing stress on joints and knees; telescopic poles are very handy (highly recommanded);
- backpack to carry personal belongings, spare clothing, and food and water supplies (at least 1.5 litres per person);
- packed lunch in addition to cheese tasting and beer;
- dress in layers according to the season (shirt, long-sleeved shirt, Fleece jacket or sweatshirt, rain and wind stopper jacket); rain stopper in case of instable weather and summer storms; light duvet jacket recommanded in cold season;
- sunscreen and baseball cap in summer
Participants are requested to:
- wear their face masks inside; Green Pass required to access closed environments;
- take some spare masks with them.
- always guarantee interpersonal distance;
- respect rules in force in case of car-sharing;
- read participation rules;
- take some plastic bags with them to put personal sweaty clothes .