Becca di Nona is a top exactly above the town of Aosta and, despite its height, looks smaller due to the impressive size of the Mont Emilius, 400 meters higher, just behind it .
Each year a lot of people hike the Becca di Nona, that is considered the mountain of Aosta town.
The normal way is easy, a normal path where you simply walk up, nothing to scramble; it is quite long, consider at least 4 hours for a difference in height of 1463 meters.
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Getting ThereIn Aosta city, follow the direction Pila, left side of the town if you come from south. In Pila (m. 1814), park your car close to the start of the cableway for the Chamole' lake. At this point you can choose:
a) take the cableway, follow the indication Chamole' lake (m. 2300), hike the Replan Pass, m. 2459, left of the lake, come down to the Alpi Comboe' , m. 2100 (take care, the path is very steep e some time disappears)
b) you can see a large path that brings to San Grato, left side, crossing the direction of the cableway; follow this path, after the small sanctuary, the indication is Alpi Comboe'; there is also another path, that follows more o less the way of a mountain bike trail; the indication is always Alpi Comboe'.
When you reach the Alpi Comboe' m. 2100, more o less after 1.30 h, (here you can take the last drinking water, in case you need) follow the large valley till a bridge, and look for the path number 16, on your left; in two hours and a half -3 hours this brings directly to the top; the path is sometimes very steep, but always quite wide.
From the top, where a statue of the Virgin has been erected, the view is fantastic on the most important tops of the Aosta valley; back side, the imponent wall of the Monte Emilius.
Coming back from the top, it is possible to change partially the way; at the feet of Monte Emilus, behind you, you can see the Carrel Pass with the bivouac Federigo, m. 2897; this bivouac can be used to climb the North face of Monte Emilius. Come down along the steep path straight on the Carrel Pass (left side there is a small lake); from the pass, another path will bring you to the same one that you walked up in the morning.
Bypassed the Comboe' Alp, the easiest way is to hike the Pian Fenetre Pass, m. 2221; after the pass, the path winds in a nice bush; at a certain point there is a deviation without any indication; go straight on, not down, till the Chamole' Alp, m. 2150; the path winds in front of the farms, and reaches the border of a pine forest, down till Pila, crossing the mountain bike trial.
Red TapeNo restriction at all.
When To ClimbJune, July, August, September, even October, according to the season;
Ski mountanering: end of March on, according the conditions; the slope is very steep and tecnical, very dangerous in case of fresh snow.
CampingIn Aosta Valley the camping is allowed only up 2500 meters.
Mountain Conditionswww.regione.vda.it is the official site of the Aosta Valley region; you can find there all the informations.
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