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Grande Traversière

Grande Traversière

Grande Traversière

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.52319°N / 7.05597°E

Object Title: Grande Traversière

County: Aosta Valley

Elevation: 11470 ft / 3496 m


Page By: Antonio Giani

Created/Edited: Sep 30, 2007 / Jul 19, 2017

Object ID: 342226

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La Grande Traversiére (3496 m) e la Punta Bassac sud (3461 m)
La Grande Traversiére (3496 m) e la Punta Bassac sud (3461 m)

Important mountain with nice structura that rise up with a steep flanks above the Val di Rhemes. It is situated along the crest watershed, that separates from north to south the Valgrisenche from the Val di Rhemes.

In the past it was mostly covered of glaciers, but there actually remains only the last called "Bassac glacier", placed on the northwest side of the mountain.
The almost extinguished glaciers on the east side, are called north, central and south glaciers of Traversiere.

It is a little striking mountain if seen from near because hidden from its rocky spurs, especially above the Comba di Goletta.
It's mostly composed by bad quality rocks (strange green color called Sempertino in same parts), and this renders it little attractive from a climbing target.

But it's high summit is a good panoramic point on this part of Graie Alps.

Over the pricipale summit, others 3 distinguished peaks are part of this mountain: Punta Bassac Derè (3356m), Punta Bassac Sud (3461m), Punta Bassac Nord(3387m).

Pano from Granta Parei.
Pano from Granta Parei.

How to get there


From Valgrisanche
From the motorway A5 Montebianco (from Geneve, Turin, Milan), take the exit Aosta Ovest and follow the direction to Arvier-Valgrisanche.

From Val di Rhemes
From the motorway A5 Montebianco (from geneve, Turin, Milan), take the  exit Aosta Ovest and follow the direction to Villeneuve-Val di Rhemes.


From Val d'Isere
From the village of Val d'Isere, enter in the area called "Reserve Naturelle de la Grande Sassiere".
From here, few routes, through Col de Rhemes, Golette and Col de la Tsanteleina, permit to reach the Italian side at the foot of this mountain.


Is possible to reach the Aosta Valley also through the:
France-pass of Piccolo St.Bernardo (closed in winter).
France-Tunnel of Mont Blanc.
Swiss-Tunnel of Grand St.Bernardo.
Swiss-pass of Grand St.Bernardo (closed in winter).

from Lago di San Martino
Grande Traversiere (left) seen from NNW from Lago di San Martino - a very rewarding goal for hikers (September 2nd 2007)- picture coordinates checked -

First ascents history

-Southwest ridge-G.Bobba/C.Therisod 16.07.1899

-North ridge-W.Coolidge/C.Almer 24.08.1885

-Northwest wall-Aldo e Ester Bonacossa 13.07.1926

-East ridge-G.B.Bozzino 14.07.1909


-Southwest ridge  -From ref.Bezzi and glacier of Bassac. The most safe and usual route. (difficult PD)

-Southeast flank - From ref.Benevolo and the rest of central glacier of Traversiere.Usual route from Val di Rhemes. Easy but not very safe cause unstable rocks.(difficult F+)

-North ridge - From Col Bassac.Not very safe climb on bad rocks. (difficult AD/II°-III°)

-Northeast flank - From ref.Benevolo and the rest of northern glacier of Traversiere.(difficult PD+/45°)

-East ridge - From ref.Benevolo.(difficult III°/IV°)

Grande Traversiere seen from Becca della Traversiere.
Grande Traversiere seen from Becca della Traversiere.


Routes of minor tops

Punta BASSAC NORD (3387m):

Soth ridge: From Colle Bassac (diff. F+)
Norteast flank: From glacier of Truc Blanc (diff. F+)

Punta BASSAC SUD (3461m):

Northeast ridge: From central glacier of Traversiere (diff. II°)
South ridge: From southern glacier of Traversiere (diff. II°/III°)

Punta BASSAC DERE'(3352m):

Northeast wall: From southern glacier of Traversiere (diff. PD+)
West flank: From glacier of Bassac (diff. PD+)
South ridge: From ref. Bezzi (diff. III°/IV°)


Il Rifugio Mario Bezzi...

Refuge BezziValgrisanche
2284m.From Usellieres/lake of Beauregard,take the path n°12.2 hours.80 places.Tel.0165-97129
Rifugio Bezzi

The ref.Benevolo.

Refuge BenevoloVal di Rhemes
2285m.From Thumel,take the path n°13.1.30 hours.61 places.Tel.0165-936143
Rifugio Benevolo


Meteo Valle d'Aosta