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Location: Aosta Valley, Italy, Europe

Object Title: G)- GREAT SASSIE'RE - RUTOR TESTA or HEAD Seventh Part

County: Valgrisenche/La Thuile/Val d'Isère/Haute Tarentaise


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AOSTA VALLEY 360° from West to East and from East to West in TOPOGRAPHIC clockwise system and order from Seigne Pass towards Seigne Pass (PARTS A+B+C+D+E+F+G).



This area, which continues towards West the Mountain Chain of Gran Paradiso, affects the GRAIAN CENTRAL to the Range Rutor and, more specifically, the Col de la Seigne, where shall start on the Mont Blanc Massif. In fact it is an arbitrary allocation and artificial, even if correct, valid from Geological point of view, since the Graian are a unique set, between the Cottian and Pennine Alps. The division, also corroborated through the famous "reads" by Dante Alighieri: "But (Maritime) with (Cottian) great (Graian) worth (Pennine) the (Lepontines) bears (Carnian and Rhaetian) down (Julian)" more and more, alas, unknown to the students, it is still valid and retains its classic and traditional distribution from the point of view of Geography. That's why we have included the Graian Southeast, not just Eastern, as opposed to those of the Northwest, or the Mountain Chain of Mount Blanc to the Ferret Hill, on the border with Switzerland. A great divide semicircular, starting from Piedmont, passing from France to conclude with the Mount Dolent, at the top of three Nations and the aforementioned hill, where the chain has its origin to the East of the Pennine Alps (from the Celtic Pen, ie Summit).
In our turn we split subtitles for this area (the number 14 to 17) highlighting the peaks of greater importance and those tiny subgroups belonging to the same, so as to highlight important Nodes Topographical or small areas in their own right and of some importance, knowledge and attendance mountaineering.
In this area, which includes the Valleys of Valgrisenche, La Thuile and its branch to the Little Saint Bernard Pass, he has held a direction diametrically opposite to that on the Gran Paradiso (again excluding the part towards the border with the France), or the crossings are described starting from Italian territory to conclude in this Transalpine.


I am just BORN on the Wild Crest East Fourquin of Bioula in Rhêmes Valley into Central GRAIAN Alps,

by Ilario Antonio Garzotto


Quest'area, prolungante ad Ovest la Catena del Gran Paradiso, interessa le Alpi GRAIE CENTRALI insino alla Catena del Rutor e, più specificatamente, al Col de la Seigne, ove prende inizio il Massiccio del Monte Bianco. In realtà é una suddivisione arbitraria ed artificiale, anche se valida e corretta dal punto di vista Geologico, poiché le Alpi Graie sono un'insieme unico, compreso tra le Cozie e le Pennine. La suddivisione, avvalorata anche dalla famosa "recita" di Dante Alighieri: "Ma (Marittime) con (Cozie) gran (Graie) pena (Pennine) le (Lepontine) reca (Retiche e Carniche) giù (Giulie)", sempre più, ahimé!, sconosciuta agli studenti, rimane sempre valida e conferma la classica e tradizionale ripartizione dal punto di vista della Geografia. Ecco perché abbiamo inserito le Alpi Graie del Sudest, e non semplicemente Orientali, in contrapposizione a quelle del Nordovest, ovvero della Catena del Monte Bianco fino al Colle Ferret, al confine con la Svizzera. Un grande spartiacque semicircolare che, iniziando dal Piemonte, passa dalla Francia per concludere con il Mont Dolent, al vertice di tre Nazioni ed al succitato colle, dove verso Oriente prende origine la Catena delle Alpi Pennine (dal Celtico Pen, ossia Sommità).
A nostra volta abbiamo diviso per sottotitoli questa zona (dal numero 14 al 17) mettendo in rilievo le Vette di maggiore importanza e quei minuscoli sottogruppi appartenenti alle medesime, tali da evidenziare importanti Nodi Topografici o piccole aree a se stanti e di una certa importanza, conoscenza e frequentazione alpinistica.
In quest'area, che comprende le Valli di Valgrisenche, La Thuile e relativa diramazione verso il Passo del Piccolo San Bernardo, s'é tenuto un senso di marcia diametralmente opposto a quello concernente il Gran Paradiso (anche qui esclusa la parte verso il confine con la Francia), ovvero le traversate son descritte con partenza dal territorio italiano per concludere in quello d'Oltralpe.


In red: paths, routes, cable railway, chair lift & main roads;
in green: Summits, Spurs, Buttress, Spires;
in blue: Glaciers, Dams, Lochs, Ponds, Streams, Torrents, Brooks & Fountains;
in purple: Passes, Saddles, Hills, Brèches, Carvings & Collars;
in brown: Historical Remarks, Sanctuaries, Hermitages, Oratories, Castles, Churchs, Chapels, Crosses, Cairns, Tumulus, Mines, Historic Bridges or Roads, Campings, meaning of place names & various informations.


By car:

  • From Torino, Milano, etc: Motorway A5. Exits at Ivrea, Quincinetto, Pont Saint Martin, Verrès, Saint Vincent, Chatillon, Aosta Est, Aosta West/Aymavilles, Morgex.
  • From Switzerland: through the Grand Saint Bernard Tunnel or the namesake pass.
  • From France: through the Mont Blanc Tunnel or Petit Saint Bernard Pass. It is not necessary to take Motorway A5: you can drive on SS.26, in the direction of Aosta.

By plane:

  • Aeroporto Internazionale "Corrado Gex" Saint Christophe (Aosta)

G1)- *** ALL EXTERNAL PASSES, saddles, brèches, collars, "carvings" & ROUTES from AOSTA's VALLEY to FRANCE


From Saint Grat Walloon to Mont Hill,

by Antonio



G)- *** Amongst AOSTA VALLEY (Northeast) and ISERE VALLEY (South) / HAUTE TARENTAISE (West) in FRANCE.

Valgrisenche Valley/Val d'Isère: from Liverogne little Town to, by car, Valgrisenche, Bonne, Menthieu, Rognettaz Desot, Chatelet, Surier
(1784m) Villages, in Beauregard Dam, West shore. Also, by car, in East shore (but at present closed, landslides reason) from Valgrisenche, Mondanges, Usellières Villages to crossroads 1784m. From fork towards Bezzi Refuge, by path ---> n° 12 in East of of Valgrisenche Dora Stream.

1)- From refuge to Sassière East and West Pass, by Bassac Deré Pass path ---> n° 12c and by Glairetta Glacier, in final part and to France.
2)- Also from Rognettaz Desot little Village to Mount Pass, by path ---> n° 13 HRG (= High Glacial Route) or from alternative 2174m to Saint Grat Lake and Sachère Pass, by path ---> n° 14 VA (Alpine Route) in Saint Grat Walloon (very wild).

La Thuile Valley/Val d'Isère: from Pré Saint Didier little Town to La Thuile Tourist Resort, by car, and from Town:

1/2)- to La Joux Village (1646m), by car, and by path ---> n° 3, 8, AV N° 2 to Albert Deffeyes Refuge (2500m).
From refuge by path ---> N° 16 in quota 3000 m~ before, after by Rutor Side East Glacier with direction South-southwest by Becca du Lac also Noeud des Vedettes Pass towards Invernet Glacier in France.
Also same route and from Vedette Pass, with Northwest direction, by Loydon East Pass and Grand Glacier in France to La Sassière Alp, near Ruitor Refuge (2032m).
4)- Same route also from refuge, initial part of ---> n° 16, small path among Rutor, Vert, Gris, Superior,Sereacs, Neuves Lakes, Side West Rutor Glacier, with South-southwest direction and by Loydon West Pass to Grand Lac du Petit and Petit Lac du Petit Lakes in France and towards Ruitor Refuge.
5)- From Neuves Lakes (2551m) by Rutor Glacier, Eastern of Grande Assaly Glaciers, Assaly Pass to Lakes Grand and Petit du Petit and La Sassière Alp in Vanoise National Park.


Antonio arriving to Albert Deffeyes Shelter with Mount Blanc,

by emilius


H)- BETWEEN La Thuile/La Rosière Tourist and Ski Resorts/Bourg-Saint Maurice in Haute Tarentaise:

6/7/8)- From La Joux Village by paths ---> n° 3, 8, AV n° 2 to crossroads 2050m~, near Third Rutor Waterfall and by ---> n° 8 to Bellecombe Walloon and four Lakes (2377, 2379m the majors); from 2379m to Tachuy seven Lakes (2550m major) and by Tachuy Pass towards Grand, Petit Lacs du Petit and Ruitor Refuge.
7)- From 2379m Lake with West direction between Third and Fourth Lakes and by Lex Blanche Pass to Louie Blanche Passage, Pierre Gravin and by French National Route n° 90 La Rosière little Tourist Town, Bourg-Saint-Maurice Town, in Haute Tarentaise to Isère Valley by French National Route n° 202.
8)- From Fourth 2631m Lake with Northwest direction and by Serre Pass to France by little Lake 2344m, Moulins Torrent, Pierre Gravin in crossroads 2184 m towards Plan Pigeux and by Nat. Route n° 90 La Rosière, Bourg-St.-Maurice Towns in Vanoise National Park.
9)- From La Joux to path near Maisonnettes Torrent in Ponteilles Valley to Mount Valaisan Fourth little Lakes and Glacier and by Grand Glacier Pass to little lakes 2596, 2532m in France, near le Grand OEillard, and to Pierre Gravin/Plan Pigeux/La Rosière/Bourg-St. Maurice Towns and N. R. 90.
10)- From La Suche Cantamont Ski-Station and Resort (2185 m c.; fountain) by dirt road-path ---> n° 9 to Bedalla or Suche Plan in crossroads 2465m and by Mount Belvedere Pass to Long Lake in France and by French National Route n° 90 to La Rosière/Bourg-St.-Maurice and to Isère Valley Nat. R. 202.
11)- From Bedalla crossroads 2465m by groundroad in Northwest to Little Saddle 2516m also in North direction with ---> n° 9 by Fourclaz Pass towards Touriasse mini Lakes and Little Saint Bernard Pass, near Little Saint Bernard Chair Lift and Roman Mansio, above Verney Lake. From pass by French N. R. 90 to Bourg-St.-Maurice Towns in Haute Tarentaise.
12)- From La Thuile-Pont Serrand
Village (1602m; fountain) towards Little Saint Bernard Pass, by car or by path---> n° 9, near very ancient Roman Route (Roman Mansio, Celtic Cromlech, Jove Column, Chanousia Botanical Garden, Abbot Chanoux Chapel, Museum, Little Saint Bernard Ancient Hospice nearby the Pass) . From pass, by N. R. 90 to La Rosière, Bourg-St:-Maurice, Haute Tarentaise Capital.

I)- AMONG La Thuile-Breuil Walloon/Versoyen Walloon/La Thuile-Chavannes Walloon/Seigne or Glacier Walloon:

13)- from Parking 2098 m of the regional road, nearby Verney Lake by path before and moraine after to Verney Dessus or Upper, 2310m~., 2402m little lakes and by Rousses Pass towards by moraine 2508, Rousses little Lakes in little Beaupré Walloon and by path to le Teppier Pastures and little lake, les Crottes Alp (2060m) and , by route, to Plan des Veys in Versoyen Walloon and Versoye-les-Granges (1084m) to National Route 90.
14)- From Verney Dessus Lake (2280m) by path near Torveraz Torrent, Point Rousse Lake, Tormotta(z) Lakes, Hermite Glacier to Arguerey Pass and to, by moraine, Rousses Lake in Beau Pré little Walloon therefore by previous route to Plan des Veys in Versoyen Walloon and Versoye-les-Granges to N. R. 90.
15)- From Tormotta Lochs in Tormotta Plan in direction West-northwest by moraine, Glacier of Arguerey Lakes, moraine and Veys Pass to , by moraine, Chalet de la Platte and from path to Pont de Chézari and by route to Veys Plan in Versoyen Walloon and to N. R.
16)- From Tormotta, Glacier of Arguerey Lakes with West-northwest direction by moraine, between Arguerey Northern and Breuil Glaciers, and Breuil Pass towards by path la Platte little four Lakes, la Platte Chalet,Chézari Bridge and by route to Veyes Plan, Versoye-les-Granges, Bonneval-les-Bains, Bourg-Saint-Maurice to N. R.
17)- From La Thuile-Pont Serrand (1602 m; fountain and +) to Chavannes Walloon by farn dirt road and path ---> n° 11, Alta Via n° 2 to Chavannes Passures Desot, d'en Bas, d'en Haut, Chavannes Pass. From pass, by path ---> n° 11, High Route n° 2 to Veny Valley and by path ---> n° 12, TMB (Mount Blanc Tour) and Seigne Pass to Glacier Walloon, La Rosière, Bourg-St. Maurice and N. R.


Verney Upper Loch near Little Saint Bernard Pass,

by Antonio


G2)- *** DORA BALTEA HYDR. CATCHMENT ALL SUMMITS of Right & INSIDE AREAS from Arvier (Liverogne) /Valgrisenche/Derby/Morgex/Pré Saint Didier/La Thuile Communes to Courmayeur Town , VENY Valley and SEIGNE Pass



Dora Baltea Stream Right Hydrographic Watershed

From East to West "Appendages" of the: Valgrisenche Valley, Arpy Conca, La Thuile Valley, Little Saint Bernard Valley to Little Saint Bernard Pass and Veny Valley, South side, to Seigne Pass, between ITALY and FRANCE.


(3751m) First on North-northeast Face on August 24th, 1980

Aiguille de la Grande Sassière...
Grande Sassiere seen from Grande Traversiere.
Aiguille de la Grande Sassière ...
Aiguille de la grande Sassière...
Aiguille de la Grande Sassière...
From Becca della Traversiere...
Aiguille de la Grande Sassière...


14)- Grande SASSIERE
- Petite Sassière - Punta del Nantcruet or Nant Cruet - Punta Plattes des Chamois - Becca di Suessa - Becca Percià or du Pertcha - Mont Quart. Pointe du Serrù or Punta Maurin - Pointe du Soudzei - Mont Ormelune - Pointe de l'Archeboc - Le Rocher Brune.

TESTA of RUTOR (3486m) and traverse to CHATEAU BLANC (3406m) in AUGUST 12th, 1973, by Marco Cossard "Crevassino"

Ascending on Rutor to Morion Lochs & Walloon 1973
The Old Scavarda Shelter ... (burnt) ... 1973
RUTOR TESTA or HEAD The Summit Virgin 1973
From Rutor to Chateau Blanc, Doravidi & Paramont 1973
RUTOR s TESTA or HEAD Return from Summit
But where is the Rutor of here or there? in August 1973


Mont de l'Ane - Grand Becca du Mont - Arete du Loydon - Becca du Lac - Mont d'Arp Vieille - Mont Pelà. Cresta di Morion - Becca dell'Aouille. Testa del RUTOR - Chateau Blanc - Mont Cornet - Becca Céré. Doravidi Sud e Nord - Mont Orfeuille.