OverviewWORKS IN PROGRESS...;-))))) 25 January 2006
We call Fallere Group the area located at the North-West of Aosta town, including a lot of summits.
The area is delimited:
All the summits are easy to be climbed, and the area is a real heaven for ski mountaneering.
There are also a lot of trails, built to reach the mountain farms, that are the kingdom of the bikers or of the riders (a few horses ranches in the area).
If you are too lazy to climb the summits, a lot of colorful lakes, easy to reach, offer a nice rest.
In spring and in early summer the wide grasslands are full of flowers, including a lot of edelweiss, and the surroundings are rich of nice places to visit and wide panoramas, due to the central position of the area with respect to the Aosta Valley.
West part of the Fallere Group from south
East part of the Fallere Group from south
West part of the Fallere Group from north
East part of the Fallere Group from north
Getting ThereThe starting points are different according to the route chosen; each summit will be described in its page, with all the indications about how to reach the different points of departure.
Summits of the Fallere GroupThe most important summits of the area are the following ones:
- AOUILLETTE 2616 m
- BECCA FRANCE 2312 m
- CHALIGNE (Croix de Chaligne) 2608 m
- COURT de BARD 2261 m
- LEISSE’ (or Leysser) 2771 m
- METZ 2553 m
- MONT DE LA TSA 2742 m
- MONT FALLERE m. 3059 m
- MONT FLASSIN 2772 m
- MONT LABIEZ 2629 m
- MONTE ROSSO DI VERTOSAN 2947 m
- MONT VERTOSAN 2822 m
- PUNTA FETITA (or Falita) 2623 m
- TESTA CORDELLA 2663 m
- TESTA d'ARS 2830 m
- TESTA dei FRA' 2818 m
- TESTA di SERENA 2830 m
- VALLETTA 2801 m
Aouillette 2616 m
A small statue of the black Virgin of Oropa is placed on the summit.
Behind, from left, Monte Rosso di Vertosan, Mont Paletta, Leisse', Mont Fallere
Becca France 2312 m
It is a low summit, but also a particular one; on a July morning of the year 1564, the summit of this mountain fell down and buried the old village of Thouraz and it's 600 inhabitants. A new smaller village was rebuilt in another location.
Chaligne 2608 m - Metz 2553 m
The summit of Chaligne and the summit of Metz are very close one another, and it's possible to hike both of them in the same course.
We met some chamoises around them.
Leisse' 2771 m - Monte Rosso di Vertosan 2947 m
Leisse' from Vetan is the classic ski mountanering route, the place where you can go when others routes are not possible because of bad snow conditions.
Monte Rosso di Vertosan is a technical route for ski mountaneering. From the top, very wide view all around.
From left, Leisse', Monte Paletta, Monte Rosso di Vertosan
Mont de la Tza 2742 m
Behind the Chaligne, on the ridge that faces on the Comba d'Arsy.
Mont Fallere 3059 m
It is the highest summit of the area, and also the one that needs more attention to be hiked; in summer, the ridge between the east and west summit can be climbed: despite it is not difficult, it is narrow and exposed.
In winter the south route is very steep, and reserved only to very expert practising. Also ask locally about the conditions of the slopes.
Mont Labiez 2679 m
It is the only one that you can hike from Echevennoz, Comba d'Arsy; this route is also followed for an alternative ski mountaneering to Mont Fallere
Mont Flassin 2772 m - Testa Cordella 2663 m
Also these two summits can be hiked together.
Mont Vertosan 2822 m
It is in the middle of the group, behind Monte Rosso di Vertosan.
Left side, Mont Fallere, the lower summit right side is Mont Vertosan
Valletta 2801 m
The slopes of this top, famous since it's a classic ski mountaneering route, are very steep.
When To Climb-CampingHiking: from June to October, according to the weather conditions.
Ski mountanering: if there is snow, of course, some of the summits are good also in October, usually till April.
Around Aosta town there are a few camping areas: check in the site:
Some of the beautiful flowers that you can find in spring in the area
Maps, Books, Weather informationsMAPS:
Sentieri e rifugi KOMPASS CARTA TURISTICA 1:50000
BOOKS (in talian)
- Dal Monviso al Sempione-ARUGA-POMA
CENTRO DOCUMENTAZIONE ALPINA
- Sci alpinismo in valle d'Aosta-GIGLIO-NOUSSAN
Valle d'Aosta Meteo
Tourism informationsThe area is also interesting for the different castles and an interesting museum.
I am going to add some pics and info on the matter.