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Dent du Géant

Dent du Géant

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Savoie/Val d'Aoste, France/Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.86180°N / 6.94800°E

Object Title: Dent du Géant

Elevation: 13166 ft / 4013 m


Page By: om, Silvia Mazzani, AlbertoRampini

Created/Edited: Mar 25, 2001 / Oct 21, 2005

Object ID: 150263

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Page Score: 92.55%  - 41 Votes 

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"Dent du Géant" means "Giant Tooth".
This steep rockpillar can be seen from everywhere in central Mont Blanc region. Dent du Géant is a Grandes Jorasses neighbor.

For climbing this peak, local guides have fixed some ropes in the normal route but it is a nice climb with difficulty AD.

Some are recommending to climb the peak in combination with the Rochefortgrat. On your way back from the Aiguille de Rochefort the temperature will be nicer to climb the beautiful peak. [Route overview: Col Du Géant (3365m) - Dent du géant foot (3830m) - Aiguille de Rochefort (4001m) - Dent Foot (3830m) - Dent Du Géant (4013m)].

The S face route is a TD route (160 hm on the Dent, 2-3h). From Col du Géant to peak foot, you need 2h.

Getting the starting point of normal route or south face is not like going to climb the Peigne !
A steep slope under the "gengiva" can be very dangerous with ice or unsafe snow ! I remember a rescue to a team that fell down here while descending in a sunny hot summer afternoon ! The acces is really dangerous if the snow is soft. The slope is about 50 deg. !! Start early to find more solide snow...!!!

The Normal route will be re-equiped 09/28 and 10/01 2005

Getting There

starting point : Rifugio Torino (3371 m) CAI (hut:0165844034; warden:0121954145 & hut:0165846484; warden: 0165842247) 80 beds, always open, warden during the season

books : Eberlein Hartmunt: Mont Blanc Gruppe - Gebietsführer für Bergsteiger und Kletterer". Bergverlag Rother, Ottobrunn, 2000. ISBN: 3-7633-2414-3. 9. edition. 2000. 459 pages, 50 b/w and 23 colour photos & 30 route maps, 2 colour maps. 15 cm Kunststoff.
Rebuffat Gaston: The Mont Blanc Massif: the 100 Finest Routes. Baton Wicks Publications, 1996. ISBN: 1-898573-03-4.

Red Tape

Climbing is free. Local guides have priority to climb with their customers.

When To Climb



Campings and hotels in Chamonix and Courmayeur.

First ascents

SW summit (4009m) : July 29 1882 : Jean Joseph Maquignaz, Baptiste
Maquignaz, Daniel Maquignaz, guides, Alessandro Sella, Alfonso Sella, Coradino Sella Gaudenzio Sella.

NE summit (4014m) : August 20 1882 A. Payot, A. Cupelin, W.W. Graham

S face: July 28 1935 : M. Burgasser, R Leitz

Western side

Views taken from col du Géant or Petiti Flambeau

South-west side

Southern side

Northern side

North-west side

Ascent views

Close up

Sunrise and sunset

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i really agree with you...! The acces is really dangerous if the snow is soft. The slope is about 50 deg. !! Start early to find more solide snow...!!!
Posted Jun 14, 2005 9:46 pm
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The most "beautifull" memories of our trip to the refuge Torino are left on the "cheap" rifugio. The small bottle of water costed 2 Euros ! The overnight include breakfast costed 52 Euros...!!! And the hostes (an italian pair) were very unpolite. Even a couple of hikers that came at 02.00 o clock in the morning in the refuge and sleeped on the floor had to pay a full overnight price...!!!
Posted Jun 27, 2005 4:29 pm

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