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Aiguille de Bonalè

Aiguille de Bonalè

Aiguille de Bonalè

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Aosta, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.82108°N / 7.06833°E

Object Title: Aiguille de Bonalè

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 10502 ft / 3201 m


Page By: andreaperino

Created/Edited: Oct 4, 2006 / Oct 10, 2006

Object ID: 231809

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Aiguille de Bonalè (or Bonalex) is one of the spectacular balconies to admire the Italian side of Monte Bianco Chain. It belongs to the watershed between Ferret valley and Comba di Planavalle.
Looking from the Ferret valley, its NW side together with Grand Rochere forms an impervious vertical wall, while, looking from Comba di Planavalle, it appears as a graceful rocky pyramid.
All its sides are steep and the quality of the rock is bad, for these reasons it is rarely climbed and always following the normal route.
First known ascent: 1892 by Alfred George Topham and Jean Maitre.

Grande Rochere (3326m), Colle di Bonalè (2925m), Aiguille de Bonalè (3201m) seen from the pastures close to Capanna Bonalè

Getting There

Aiguille de Bonalè. SW ridge

From Turin, Milan, Switzerland (Tunnel or Grand St. Bernard Pass): Motorway A5 - Courmayeur direction, Morgex exit. Turn right to La Salle. Follow Planavalle direction and park the car just 100 meters above the small village of Planavalle (1750m).
From Seez (France), Bourg St. Maurice, Petit St. Bernard Pass (France). Drive through La Thuile to Pre Saint Didier, turn right to La Salle on SS.26, until La Salle. Turn lefto for Morge (Planavalle).
From Chamonix/Geneve (Mont Blanc Tunnel) Drive through Courmayeur on SS.26 road, until La Salle. Turn left for Morge (Planavalle).

Routes overview

Aiguille de Bonalè

Normal route
Height difference: 1451 m
Difficulty: hiking partially out of trails and 10 meters of easy climbing (II+);
Notes for skinners: A) ice-axe recommended. B) presence of avalanched slopes, in the second part of the route, that are sometimes un-skiable.
Park the car just 100 meters above the small village of Planavalle (1750m). Follow the unpaved road to Alpe Les Écules (1880m ) , then walk along the path to Capanna Bonalè (2340m). Abandon here the path and walk towards the pyramidal summit (direction NW), crossing some picturesque pastures. Climb a steep grassy slope, enter into a small and arid valley then reach the Bonalè Pass (2925m) climbing a steep and slippery slope.
From the pass climb the SW ridge that is quite easy except a 10 meters high step, conquerable bridging in a chimney (II+), then reach the summit.
Vallone di Malatra in Spring and Summer
Northern side in two different versions

Approximately same route for ski tourers

Nobody usually follows other routes due to the bad quality of the rock.

When to climb

Hiking: June to October
Ski-mountaineering: April to May  
The Grande Rochère and the  Aiguille de Bonalé

Red Tape

Free camping is forbidden (except for emergency reasons, over 2500 meters, from darkness until dawn).


The Rifugio Bonatti is placed not far from the base of the NW wall, but due to the bad quality of the rock it is never climbed.
No huts on the side of the normal route.

Books and maps

Gino Buscaini - "Alpi Pennine I" in the "Guida dei Monti d'Italia" series CAI/TCI

I.G.M. - Istituto Geografico Militare 1:25.000
I.G.C. - Istituto Geografico Centrale " Carta dei sentieri e dei rifugi" 1:25.000
I.G.C. - Foglio n. 4 - Massiccio del Monte Bianco, scale 1:50.000
Kompas - Monte Bianco Valle d'Aosta "Sentieri e Rifugi" Carta turistica 1:50.000

External Links

Weather forecasts:
NIMBUS: Piemonte and Valle d’Aosta- Italian version
Thanks to the closeness of the borderline, could be useful to consult Meteo Switzerland-Italian, French and German versions

Webcams of Courmayeur and Val Ferret

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liviozIn some maps and guides...


Voted 10/10

...one can also find Bonalex instead of Bonalè
Posted Oct 5, 2006 12:19 pm

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