Becca della Traversiere, 3.337 m., is the southernmost top of the ridge which divide Valgrisenche from Valle di Rhêmes. Despite its hidden position, this summit offer an unusual view on Goletta and Gliairetta glacier basins, other than an inpressive vision on Granta Parei, Tsanteleynaz nord face, Grande Sassiere and all highest summits in Val di Rhêmes. Two different ascent routes are possible: from Val di Rhêmes and from Valgrisenche. For "take-it-easy" trekkers is better to rest one night at the Hut Benevolo (Val di Rhêmes) or Bezzi (Valgrisenche). I suggest the one-day trek only for well-trained person. These two routes are very long, expecially trails in Valgrisenche (about 24 kms two ways). The crossing of two valleys is an interesting solution, or, better a four days trek.
Rhêmes Notre Dame route. Common begin: Introd village. Bus station for Rhêmes Notre Dame.
From Turin/Milan. Motorway A5, exit in Aosta Ovest. Follow Courmayeur direction, until reached Villeneuve. Follow for Val di Rhêmes direction.
From Switzerland, Martigny (Grand St. Bernard Tunnel/Pass). Drive to Aosta, then follow Courmayeur direction on SS.26. Once reached Villeneuve, turn for Val di Rhêmes.
From France (Mont Blanc Tunnel or Petit St. Bernard Pass). Do not enter in motorway A5, drive through SS.26 Aosta direction. Before arriving in Villeneuve, turn right for Val di Rhêmes direction. From Introd. Once passed the tiny village, after 2 km. turn right to Val di Rhêmes (or Rhêmes Notre Dame). Follow paved road until is possible. The road ends in Thumel, 1.879 m. No parking problem. Valgrisenche route. Common begin: Arvier village. Bus Station for Valgrisenche/Bonne.
From Turin/Milan. Motorway A5, exit in Aosta Ovest. Follow Courmayeur direction, until reached Arvier. Follow for Valgrisenche direction.
From Switzerland, Martigny (Grand St. Bernard Tunnel/Pass). Drive to Aosta, then follow Courmayeur direction on SS.26. Once reached Arvier, turn for Valgrisenche.
From France (Mont Blanc Tunnel or Petit St. Bernard Pass). Do not enter in motorway A5, drive through SS.26 Aosta direction. Pay attention: the crossroad to Arvier, Valgrisenche is just outside a tunnel! From Arvier. Drive to Valgrisenche. Once arrived in the village of Valgrisenche, move on to Bonne direction. Stay on rightside of Beauregard dike (dam). The paved road ends in Ussellieres. Park the car and follow for Rifugio Bezzi direction.
Right hydrographic side of Val di Rhêmes, is inside Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso. The boundary of the park is exactly the Dora river. Right side is park, left side is outside. In PNGP are forbidden camping, dogs or other animals ... lot of restrictions. No parking fees or other tickets required.
When To Climb
From late June to late September. Warning: huts closure is on second week in september. Make a call for doubts.
Forbidden, if not for emergency, outside area for it.
1) Rifugio Benevolo: +39.0165.936143 - 61 places (5 places winter room). C.A.I. Torino - Val di Rhêmes 2) Rifugio Bezzi: +39.0165.97129 - 80 places (10 places winter room). C.A.I. Torino - Valgrisenche 3) Rifugio Chalet de l'Epee - +39.0165.97215 - 60 places (8 places winter room). Private. This Hut is not directly involved in Becca della Traversiere. Only for 4 days trek 'round Grande Traversiere and Grande Rousse. Best Map: IGC, foglio 102 (Valsavarenche, Val di Rhêmes e Valgrisenche - Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso), scale 1:25.000.
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