Overview amongst Valli-small Valleys-Valleys & Valloni
Assembled in a first into Summary H of List, dedicated the mountain ranges, deserves, in our opinion, to be located in the study of the relevant areas of the Aosta Valley in one zone of the valleys, never studied and analyzed in a organic way and systematic. We hope to have, at least partially, scored the purpose.
Moreover, the aim was to bring the precent job on the correct track, the same being a summary of Part A/F facing the mountains; therefore fell outside the same making heavy and negating much of the work of synthesis which was the primary destination. This is addressed in Part One of the Valleys & small Valleys and orographic and hydrographic South or right side of Baltea; subsequent work will be devoted to the opposite or Northern, always starting from the Col de la Seigne and Mount Blanc to the ends over the Southern extreme offshoots above little Town of Pont Saint Martin, at the end of the Aosta Valley Region.
Always taking into account, as in the seven previous analytical work, the course clockwise we have tried to summarize what are the characteristics and the particular features of the Valleys and the Walloons, starting from the South, or from the little Town of Pont Saint Martin, at Eastern Valley of Aosta, coming from Piedmont, to the famous Tourist Resort of Courmayeur, at the foot of Mount Blanc. Hence our work is split, as at the end of the Vény Valley is the starting that area which is the orographic and hydrographic or right side of the Northern Valley of Aosta. This leaves the border with France at Mount Dolent (3819m) to begin the next with Switzerland starting from Ferret Hills at the end of the two, same name for both sides, long valleys. From this point on the border ridge walks in the opposite direction toward reaching the Eastern Group of the Grand Golliaz and the much larger and more important of the Mount Velan, leaving to North the majestic Group of Combins, entirely in Swiss territory, even if considered a little "valdotain" so that there is a Community of Grand Combin, reaches the Col Fenetre Durand and Mount Gelé. Then "down" with an endless series of summits to Dent de Bouquetins, Dent d' Hérens, the Matterhorn to the great Mountain Chain of Monte Rosa. From Signalkuppe of this last, leaving even here in the North Point Dufour higher (4633/4m), starts the watershed between the Regions of Aosta Valley and Piedmont, again to the small Monbarone above Pont Saint Martin. It closes in such a way the circle of mountains, valleys and walloons belonging to this region, but this second section, highlighting what has already been exposed, will be part of a subsequent job summarizing the Northern part. In this hand, to sum up, we walked through the valleys and gorges of the South from the wild and hemi unknown small valleys, immediately preceding this of Champorcher, the last of this sector or de la Lex Blanche, at the end of the Western Valvény.
Valleys and small Valleys begin where "die" glaciers, giving shape to any hint of life with their fresh and uncontaminated waters, as dictated by Mother Nature, the same quench the Climber and Hiker returning from giving a first goal achieved signal of rest, security and contentment. After so much hard work ...
And for this reason we have also included some short, or rather telegraphic suggestion about crossings hills or climbing to peaks or Valleys at the end of the small Valleys same. They all crossings or ascents of elementary and easy to climb and hence suitable for everyone, or nearly so. Where there are small steps with some difficulty and especially exposed, or even more simply dangerous in certain circumstances, the factor has been highlighted, indicating the Difficulty Overall and Evaluation thereof.
by Franco Guarda
Assemblato in primis all'interno del Sommario H di List, rivolto alle catene montuose, merita, a nostro avviso, d'esser collocato nello studio delle aree pertinenti la Valle di Aosta in un settore, quello dei valloni, mai studiato ed analizzato in modo organico e sistematico. Speriamo di aver, almeno parzialmente, ottenuto lo scopo.
Inoltre l'obiettivo era quello di portare il precente lavoro sui corretti binari, essendo il medesimo un Sommario delle parti A/F rivolte alle montagne; quindi esulava dallo stesso appesantendolo e vanificandone in gran parte il lavoro di sintesi costituente l'obiettivo primario. Questa Parte Prima é devolutata a Valloni e Valloni della sponda orografica ed idrografica Meridionale o di destra della Dora Baltea; un successivo lavoro sarà dedicato all'opposta o Settentrionale, sempre partendo dal Col de la Seigne e dal Monte Bianco fino alle estremità Meridionali sopra l'abitato di Pont Saint Martin, al termine della Regione Valle di Aosta.
Sempre tenendo conto, come nei sette analitici e precedenti lavori, dell'andamento in senso orario abbiam cercato di sintetizzare quelle che son le caratteristiche e le peculiarietà delle Valli e dei Valloni partendo da Sud, ovvero dal Borgo di Pont Saint Martin, all'ingresso Orientale della Valle di Aosta, arrivando dal Piemonte, fino al famoso Complesso Turistico di Coumayeur, ai piedi del Monte Bianco. Da qui il nostro lavoro si sdoppia, poichè al termine della Valle Vény prende inizio quel settore che costituisce la sponda orografica ed idrografica destra o Settentrionale della Valle di Aosta. Questa abbandona il confine con la Francia al Mont Dolent (3819 m) per iniziarne il successivo con la Svizzera partendo dai Colli di Ferret alla fine delle due, omonime per entrambi i versanti, lunghe vallate. Da questo punto la cresta di frontiera si dirige in senso inverso verso Oriente raggiungendo il Gruppo del Grand Golliaz e quello ben più grande ed importante del Mont Velan; lasciando a Nord il maestoso Gruppo dei Combins, completamente in territorio elvetico anche se considerato un pò valdostano tanto che esiste la Comunità del Grand Combin, raggiunge il Col Fenêtre Durand ed il Mont Gelé. Poi "discende" con una serie interminabile di cime verso Dent de Bouquetins, Dent d'Hérens, Cervino fino alla Catena estrema del Monte Rosa. Dalla Punta Gnifetti di questo ultimo, lasciando anche qui a Nord la Punta Dufour la più elevata (4633/4 m), s'inizia lo spartiacque tra le Regioni di Val d'Aosta e Piemonte, nuovamente insino al piccolo Monbarone sopra Pont Saint Martin. Si chiude in siffatto modo il cerchio di monti, valli e valloni appartenenti a questa regione, ma questo secondo tratto, sottolineando quanto già precedentemente esposto, farà parte di un successivo lavoro che sintetizzerà la parte Settentrionale. In questo invece, riassumendo, abbiam percorso valli e valloni di Mezzogiorno dalle selvagge e semi sconosciute vallate, che precedono quella di Champorcher, all'ultima di questo settore o de la Lex Blanche, al termine Occidentale della Val Vény.
by maria grazia s
Valli e Valloni iniziano laddove "muoiono" i ghiacciai, dando forma a qualsiasi spunto della vita con le loro acque fresche ed ancora incontaminate, come vuolsi in Madre Natura; le stesse dissetano l'Alpinista e l'Escursionista al rientro dalla meta raggiunta donandogli un primo segnale di riposo, sicurezza ed appagamento. Dopo tante fatiche ...
E per questo motivo abbiamo inserito anche qualche breve o, meglio, telegrafico suggerimento a proposito di traversate di colli oppure di ascensioni a Cime al termine di Valli o Valloni medesime. Sono tutte traversate od ascensioni di elementare e facile salita e quindi adatte a tutti, o quasi. Laddove si presentano piccoli passaggi con qualche difficoltà e particolarmente esposti, od ancora più semplicemente pericolosi in determinate circostanze, il fattore é stato messo in evidenza indicando la Difficoltà Complessiva e la Valutazione del medesimo.
by Alberto Rampini
How many valleys in Aosta Valley, in addition to the Central River Dora Baltea that plows from the West or from the small Valleys of Vény and Ferret at the foot of Mount Blanc Mountain Chain towards Southeast, where lies the Valley of the Po? Easy. To make the bill and give the answer: thirteen are in addition to the three Walloons of Champdepraz, Fénis-Clavalité and Saint Marcel, that are actually, for the filename extensions and the breadth, of the real valleys. You are placed over the edge of the basin South Baltea and in order from East to West: Champorcher, Cogne, Valsavarenche, Rhêmes, Valgrisenche Valley and of La Thuile. All perpendicular to the central axis of the Dora, except the first knife that goes down to the Southwest to the Northeast. On the opposite side we count seven others, and always with the same criteria: Gressoney, Ayas, Valtournanche, Saint Barthélemy, Valpelline, Ollomont with above Basin By and, finally, Valley of the Great St. Bernard. All perpendicularly, except that of Cogne mass cut from Southeast to Northwest. Still easy. But how many small Valleys? I think that no one has ever tried to make the bill. Countless, almost infinite. At each step comes out a new one, as for the mushrooms. It is therefore the recitation of Horace C I, II: "Tu ne quaesieris, scire nefas, quem tibi, mihi quem finem Di dederint.", that does not make you too many questions, it is inauspicious to know the goal we assign the Gods? Not at all! An impossible task ? It may be, but we want to do it or ... at least give it a try.
- From TORINO, MILANO, etc: Motorway A5. Exit at IVREA or Quincinetto (PIEDMONT)
From IVREA Town: Pont Saint Martin, Donnas, Hone-Bard, Arnad, Pont Bozet, Champorcher, Champdepraz, Pontey, Fénis, Saint Marcel, Grand Brissogne, Pollein, Charvensod, Gressan, Jovençan, Aymavilles Municipalities.
From Pont Bozet (775m) to Champorcher Valley, Camporcher-Château (1427m), Petit, Grand Mont Blanc, La Cort Villages, towards Dondena Village (2092m), Dondena & Miserin Refuges, through Royal Road & secondary dirt roads; Barbustel Refuge, through Royal Road and path towards Champdepraz small Valley.
From Champdepraz (523m) to Lakes small Valley and Voella or Raye Chevrères Village (1307m; by Regional Road). Barbustel Refuge with path from Voella.
From Fénis (537m) to Clavalité and Grand'Alpe Pastures (2129m; through dirt farms road), just below E. Borroz/Rotary-Clavalité Refuge (2156m) at Cuneu Alp.
From Saint Marcel (630m) to Saint Marcel small Valley and Turati Reserve up to the Mulac & Grande Chaux Hunting Houses & Alp (1937m, 2370m).
From Grand Brissogne (827m) to L'Arp, dirt road, Les Laures small Valley and Ernesto Ménabreaz Shelter at Lower Laures Lake (2546m, 2544m), path-muletrack.
From Pollein (575m; secondary road) or from Charvensod (746m; main road and connection) to Arpisson small Valley and Martsaouchy Damon (1410m), through dirt farms road, and Arpisson Lower & Upper (1951m, 2010m) Alpages with ancient path. Federigo Zullo Bivouac through moraines on Western Arpisson Glacier.
From Charvensod to Dard-Comboé-Arbolle Gorge and small Valleys towards Ponteilles (1697m) Alp & Waterfall, through dirt road, Comboé Alp & Saint Ours private Shelter (2114m), through dirt road, and Arbolle Refuge (2516m), nearby two Lakes (2495m, 2497m), by Chair Lift to Chamolé Station (2309m), Lake (2325m) and muletrack.
From Charvensod (main road from Pont Suaz 567m) or from Gressan (603m; alternative road) to Tivet, Les Fleurs Hamlets (1292m, 1414m) Pila Basin and Pila Resort (low parking nearby Cableway 1800m; upper parking 1850m). Arno Shelter (2660m), always open but unguarded, nearby Couiss Summit on watershed Pila/Cogne Valley.
From Jovençan (631m) to Western Pila Conca, exclusively through path-muletrack to Tourlin Dessous (1466m) and by dirt farms road to Pila-Posse Tennis (1776m).
From Aymavilles (646m) to Western Pila Conca, through Main Road to Cogne Valley, alternative road to Ozein/Turlin Dessus Hamlets and dirt road to Pila-Posse.
- From FRANCE: through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Entrèves-crossroads to Vény/Ferret Valleys - Mountain Guides of Courmayeur - La Saxe Rock Gym - Courmayeur. By Little Saint Bernard Pass, closed since November until half May to La Thuile Valley - Pré Saint Didier - Courmayeur.
It is not necessary to take Motorway A5: you can drive on State Road n° 26, in the direction of AOSTA - IVREA - TURIN.
- Aeroporto Internazionale "Corrado Gex" Saint Christophe (Aosta)
Small VALLEYS & Goals
Also meant to be a tribute to his Friend Emilio Bertona (emilius in SP) died September 20th, 2010, just as he was returning from a trip to Mount Zerbion rose together on many occasions and in all seasons of the same since 1992, and since then so assiduous 1998-2007, there were more than four hundred climbing, ascents, hiking and winter outings with snowshoes. So it is a reminder of his passion for Photography Alpine, for which thing, no matter OVERVIEW, were exclusively used his images.
by Emilio BERTONA (emilius)
Inoltre vuole essere un omaggio all'Amico Emilio Bertona (emilius in SP) deceduto il 20 di Settembre 2010, proprio mentre rientrava da un escursione al Monte Zerbion, salito insieme in molte occasioni ed in tutte le stagioni; con lo stesso dal 1992, e poi in modo assiduo dal 1998 al 2007, sono state effettuate oltre quattrocento arrampicate, ascensioni, escursioni ed uscite invernali con le racchette da neve. Quindi trattasi d'un ricordo della sua passione per la Fotografia Alpina, per la quale cosa, a prescindere da OVERVIEW, son state utilizzate esclusivamente le sue immagini.
Towards the Dawn of the Valleys (Low Valley)
In order to deploy clockwise from the Lower Valley Fer Walloon to Champorcher Valley
From Pont Saint Martin to Donnas/Hone Municipalities
Rio Fer deep Valley: small and wild walloon from Clapey (Donnas Municipality), Bonze Alpages (1867m) with path, to Bonze Pass (2250m) without.
Moja small Valley: small walloon above Donnas from Donnas, Clapey (317m), Montey, Ronque, Donnes (864) Hamlets, Mont Meillan (1063m), Valbource, Grand Mognissola (1350m), Bosciet, Giassit de la Moja (1715m) Pastures to Moja Alps (1745m) with path and Andelmel (2309m), Finestra (2350m) and Vailet (2565m) Passes and Saddle 2174 metres between Mombrignon and Mont Pussuy, through traces.
Champorcher Valley & surroundings
Brenva small Valley (Pont Bozet): from Pont Bozet (775m), Crest Village, Fontana Alp (1291m) to 1)- la Cavanna (1644m), Celleras Alp (1976m) Vallera (2377m) in Southeast, Dondogna (2389m) and Valbella (2550m) in Southwest Passes, with paths-traces. From Fontana to Mialet (1544m) and Grand Lavassey Alps 2) Lavere Pass (2203m), without path; from Creton, Grand Derby (1747m) Pastures to 3)- Eastern Corni (2546m) Pass, with path and traces in final part. From Barmé Alp (1923m) to 4)-Fricolla (2542m) Pass, path and traces, and 5)- Brouillet (2450m) Pass, without.
Manda small Valley (Pont Bozet): 1)- from Pont Bozet, Cotetta/Barmafumo, Verney (1298m), la Frete, Low, Upper Bozet (1573m) Hamlets; from these in Southeast to 2)- Secco, Nero (1940m) and Champas Lochs, with paths. From Nero in Southeast, Lavere Pond to 3)-Lavere Pass, without. From Champas, nearby Alp, in South to 4)- Cornuto (2412m) Lake, near Forest Rangers Cabine and Brouillet Pass, Fricolla Pass and Point (2676m), traces on short crest. From Bataille in South Chanton, La Manda (2003m) Alpages to 5)- Chenessy (2383m) Lake, with traces; 6)- in North-northwest Mount Digny (2145m), small path. From Mont Digny to Southwest 7)- Mont Giavin (2431m), through path-traces on small easy crest.
Legna small Valley: 1)- from Outre l'E(y)ve, Porte Alp (1344m), Montaz Pasture (1497m), Ourty Alp (1507m), alternative to Sant'Antoine (1831m), Chenessy Pastures (2051m), Peroisa Alp (2184m) Alp, Chilett Alp (2351m) and Lake (2324m); in South 2)- Orti Pass (2524m), with path-traces. In Southwest 3)- Santanel Pass (2463m) to Santanel Lake, with path, respectively to Chiusella Valley-Pianprato Walloons in Piedmont.
Vercoche small Valley: 1)- from Ourty, Vercoche Alps (1879m), Lake (2202m), Laris Hill (2581m), paths; to 2)- Pic Molère (2638m), by crest.
Laris small Valley: from Chardonney (1455m) in South Pian di Greus, Prarion Alp (1796m), fork Low Prarion, Low and Upper Laris Alpages (1950m) after in Southeast Larissa Loch (2489m) and Hill (2581m). From this: 1)- Bec or Pic Mol(l)ère by easy Southwest Crest or 2)- to ake Reale (2449m) in Piedmont, with paths. Alternative: from Dondena (2097m), Shelter (2200m), Cimetta Rossa (2466m) to Larissa Loch, by dirt road.
Banchi deep Valley: from Dondena in South, Shelter, Pian di Roche Alp (2238m), with path, Rosa Pass (2957m), through morainic traces Rosa Glacier.
Miserin small Valley: from Dondena, Shelter, to Miserin Refuge, Sanctuary, Lake (2578m), through dirt road. From thys 1)- in East Mount Rasciàs (2784m), with traces, 2)- in South Rosa Pass, small path and traces, 3)- in Sout-soutwest Balma Pass (2941m), traces; 4)- in West Cima di Peradzà (3021m) or Saddle 2946 metres, between Peradzà and Bec Costazza (3092m), by traces on morainic slopes and easy debris crests.
Fenêtre de Champorcher small Valley: from Dondena, Shelter, fork 2526 metres, between Blanc (2527m) and Noir (2551m) Lochs, with dirt road, fork 2592 metres to Fenetre Pass (2826m) and descent to Sogno di Berdzé Refuge (2531m), near Peradzà Alp, in Urtier Walloon, with paths.
Pontonnet small Valley: from Dondena in West, fork 2526 metres, Pontonnet Lake (2702m), Fénis Hill (2857m), Pontonnet Hill (2897m), with paths.
Glacier deep Valley: from Dondena in West-northwest, bridge about 2320 metres up Ayasse Torrent and alternative 2800 metres and in Northeast small saddle before Lake Gelato (2824m); from this 1)- in Northwest Col Fussì (2912m), with paths and descent to High Comba Tersiva-Clavalité-Fénis Walloon. 2)- In Northeast Great Shoulder (3003m) and Mount Glacier (3186m), with path, traces and easy rocks on crest of final part.
Gias(s)et small Valley: from Dondena, in Northeast Giaset Alp (2155m) and Loch (2308m), with path; from this in North Gran Rossa Pass (2766m) to Gran Lago, through traces. In East path to Giaset Hill (about 2400m) and 1)- Western Bec Raty (2417m), by traces or Lake (2283m), with path.
Raty small Valley: from parking about 1800 metres on Dondena's Royal Road, alternative 1920 metres around, Sapy Alp (1979m), Raty Lake (2283m), with path. From thys 1)- in North Gran Rossa (2866m); in Northeast Bocon Damon (2792m), both through traces and easy rocks in terminal crests.
Vernouille-Muffé small Valley: from Champorcher-Château (1427m), Arbussey, Mont Blanc, La Cort Villages, la Grand Cort Alp (1944m): 1)- in Northwest Alp and Lake Vernouille (2145m), with path, to Tête des Hommes (2614m), through moraine and easy rocks; in North Alp and Lake Muffé (2019m), Lake Bianco or Croix Hills to Barbustel Refuge in Champdepraz Walloon, with paths. 3)- from the last hill in East Cima Piana (2512m), by path under West Crest; 4)- in Southeast Cima Piana Hill (around 2300m), with path. From Lake Muffé in East Cima Perche (2396m), with path.
Terra Rossa small Valley: from la Grand Cort in East Terra Rossa Hill (2075m) and from la Cort Arcomy Hill, Point (1952m, 1991m), paths.
Others small Valleys to East: from Mellier (1293m), Petit Rosier (1444m) Hamlets to Possoneil also Possoueil Hill (1842m), with path; from Petit and Grand Rosier (1452m) Villages or from la Place (1020m) to Santa Anna Oratory (1706m), near Plan Fenêtre Hill (1775m), with paths.