Bulky and stocky pyramid shaped mountain on the boundary between Italy and France, situated on the ridge between the "Col Pierre Joseh 3478m" and the "Col Savoie 3491m", almost in the middle between Aiguille de Leschaux and Aiguille de Triolet.
It doesn’t look especially sharp from any sides, if compared to the elegant neighbours.
It overhangs the glacier of Triolet with a huge buttress that divides the Italian side in 2 parts: the eastern with middle inclination and snow slopes mixed to broken rocks; while the southern side is steeper and rocky.
On the French side it has two walls: one is orientated to south-west that overhangs the glacier "Pierre Joseph" and plowed from two snowy gorges; the other more imposing and severe is orientated to north-west and stand above the glacier of Talèfre and carved from numerous ice couloirs.
The summit is composed from a rocky crest long 60m that connects two different peaks: NE 3730m which is the highest point and, SW 3726m.
The one on SW despite is the lowest, is topographically the most important because is the begin of the crest that divides the basins Leschaux and Talèfre.
The structure is composed mainly from rock of low quality especially on the Italian side, and it is commonly climbed more for the spacious panorama that for climb interest. Anyway it’s rarely climbed.
Another interesting summits on its west ridge are also the "Petit Aiguille de Talèfre 3615m” and the "Aiguilles Pierre Joseph 3472m,3414m"
First ascent: F.J.Cullinam, G.Fitzgerald, E.Rey, J.Moser, L.Lanier. August 25th 1879.
Getting there and refugesFrom Italy:
As the other summits of this part of Mont Blanc group, the startig point is the Val Ferret above the village of Courmayeur (Aosta valley), and the huts that serves this basin is the refuge Dalmazzi al Triolet.
Refuge Dalmazzi 2559m:
From the village of Courmayeur, follow by car the paved road until the hamlet called Arnouva 1769m.
From there take the path n.23 in 2 hours to the refuge Dalmazzi, basecamp for all the routes in the Triolet basin.
Refuge Dalmazzi is a small and cozy hut with 30 places open from the end of june to the end of September. Tel-0165/869098
The huts that serve this area on the French side are the “refuge de Leschaux 2431m” for who want to get the glacier Pierre Joseph and “refuge du Couvercle 2687m” for the glacier de Talèfre.
Both reachable from Chamonix with a long journey. First by a train from the rail station to “Montenvers” 1909m.
Refuge du Couvercle 2687m:
From Montenvers get down by ladders to the base of the glacier. Walk easily on the flat glacier until it divides itself in two.
On the cliff on your left side, same jellow signals (visible from far) indicate the numerous iron ladders that takes to the base of the Aiguille du Moine where the hut is placed. (3,00/3,30 hours from Montenvers).
Open from mid june to mid September-130 places-tel. +33/450531694
Refuge de Leschaux 2431m:
From Montenvers get down and follow the same route to the refuge du Couvercle.
When the glacier divides in two, follow the left branch (glacier de Leschaux) pointing the foot of the Grandes Jorasses north wall.
Before the glacier increase in steep the small hut should be visible on a rocky wall more or less 80m above the glacier (your left).
Same ropes helps to approach. (3.30/4.00 hours from Montenvers).
Open from mid june to mid September-24 places-tel. +33/686123149
Wide view of Triolet basin
From left: Mont Greuvetta, Aiguille de Leschaux, Aiguille de l'Eboulement, Aiguille de Talèfre, Aiguille Savoie, Punta Isabella and Aiguille de Triolet.From left:
RoutesThe mountain covers 3 basins:
From Triolet basin (Italy): Refuge Dalmazzi
East ridge - Most logic route from this side – AD
South/east ridge - Interesting but longer that previous – PD+
South/south/east ridge - Easy but bad quality rocks, not recommended – PD
From glacier "Pierre Joseph" (France): Refuge de Leschaux
South/west flank - French normal route – PD
West ridge - Very interesting – AD
From Talèfre basin (France): Refuge du Couvercle
North/west flank - Very nice icy couloir 50°/60° - D+
North/west flank - “Davaille route" 55°/60° - TD
North/west flank - “Goulotte Gabarrou 1978" 75° - D+
North flank - “Voie Dufour” 80° - TD-
Wheather forecast sites and mountain linksWheather forecast sites:
Snowinfo: 0033/836 681 020 (only in France).
In French and English lenguage.
Regione Valle d'Aosta meteo
Office de Haute Montagnes (OHM)/
Phone: 0033450 532 208
Bureau des Guides in Chamonix
Guide alpine Courmayeur
Tel. +390165842064 Fax. +390165842357
Cable cars and Trains:
Montenvers Train schedule
Phone: 0033/450 53 1298 - 0033/8 36 35 35 35 -
0033/450530702 (Train station Chamonix)
Phone of the Montenvers-train: ++33(0)450/531254
Funivie del Montebianco
Tel.+39016589925 - Fax+39 016589439 -E-mail [email protected]