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Ru Courtod, the ancient canal

A suggestive itinerary in Val d'Ayas along the ancient Ru Courtod canal (25 kilometers) created by the inhabitants of the area in the XV century to bring water to their homes and fields.

This evocative tour, starting from Barmasc, gently unwinds alongside the ancient Ru Courtod, passing through pinewoods of larches and pastures to the foot of the Ventina glacier.

Nestled in the beautiful area of ​​Monte Rosa, in the Val d'Ayas, the Ru Courtod is a historic canal built during the fifteenth century by the inhabitants of Val d'Ayas, who needed to bring fresh water to the town and - moreover - to meet the irrigation needs of extensive agricultural areas, naturally very arid. The solution was - indeed - to create a canal starting from the feet of the Ventina glacier, the Ru Courtod: a channel capable of transporting water from 2,150 meters above sea level to the base of the Ventina glacier at 1,650 meters of the Col di Joux saddle, 25 km further. Along the path you can also see an old mill, operated by the waters of the Ru, and along some tunnels you will reach the point where is the source from which the Courtod is born.

The excursion will then continue towards the Saint Jacques, the old settlement of the Alemannic, and then again towards Champoluc along the Evancon stream where our road will go back to return to Barmasc.

Departure from Barmasc, above Antagnod (AO), we will follow the Ru Curtod route to its origins. During the return, we will visit the village of Saint Jacques.

Tour description:

  • Distance: 20 km
  • Ascent: 200 m
  • Terrain: 85% unpaved, 15% tarmac

Hilly path through dirt roads and single track, suitable for everyone.

From the exit of the Verres (AO) motorway of the Turin-Aosta, go up the valley in the direction of Champoluc. After passing the village of Brusson, follow the road to Antagnod. Once you reach Antagnod, follow the signs for Barmasc.

Bed And Bike can provide, on specific request, the rental of muscular and / or pedal assisted MTB (e-bike). At the time of booking indicate the maximum size desired and will be provided the cost of the rental.

If you wish to stay the night before the tour, which will take place during the day, Bed And Bike can book for you an overnight stay at one of the affiliated facilities.

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Tour Details


29th June 2019

06th July 2019

19th July 2019

Price per person

40 € per person


Guided tour with a MTB Guide

Not Included

MTB or e-bike rent



MTB and e-bike rent

Transfer from nearby airport and railway station