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Granta Parei

Granta Parei

Granta Parei

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Valle d'Aosta, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.49512°N / 7.06473°E

Object Title: Granta Parei

Elevation: 11112 ft / 3387 m


Page By: andrea.it

Created/Edited: May 4, 2007 / Jul 7, 2013

Object ID: 290605

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Benevolo hut & Granta Parei
Granta Parei (3387m) In winter
Granta Parei
Granta Parei (3387m) In summer


Highest point of the rocky ridge starting from Col della Tsanteleina and shares out the Goletta Glacier with the heading glaciers of Valle di Rhêmes.
It's one of the most goodlooking mountain of the area, expecially if seen from the village of Rhêmes Notre Dame.
The name "Granta Parei" is clearly arising from the italian name "Grande Parete", which in english means "Big Wall".
In fact, this mountain is basically a four angles pyramid, with the huge east rocky flank rising for 500 meters above the glacier.
It's the first showy thing to see when coming from the bottom of the valley.
Despite the nice shape, this mountain is for the most part composed of bad quality rocks, expecially on the west side, mixed with ice and snow slopes.

Getting There

From Italy

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

From Val di Rhêmes
From the motorway A5 Monte Bianco (from Geneve, Turin, Milan), take the exit Aosta Ovest and follow the direction to Villeneuve-Val di Rhêmes.

From France

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 Rhêmes Goletta and Col de la Tsanteleina, permit to reach the Italian side at the foot of this mountain.

From Others parts
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).

First Ascent

  • West flank - Coolidge/Almert - 25/09/1886
  • North-west ridge - Nichols/Blanford - 22/08/1863
  • North wall - Barisone/Brosio/Crudo - 25/05/1924
  • North-east ridge - Barberi/Gerboni/Gherra - 13/08/1929
  • East wall - Folli/Tardito - 1-2-3/08/1968
  • East-south-east wall - Binaghi/Bonacossa/Pietrasanta - 06/09/1962
  • South ridge - Pigeon/Maquignaz/Ballay - 26/06/1865
  • South-west flank - Bobba/Thèrisod - 24/07/1888

Main Routes

West flank Normal route - from ref. Benevolo 4 hours (F+)
North-west ridge From ref. Benevolo 4/4.30 hours (PD+)
North wall From ref. Benevolo 4/5 hours III°/45° (AD)
East wall From glacier of Tsanteleina VI°+/A2 (ED) (first ascent 10.30 hours)
East-south-east wall From ref. Benevolo 5/7 hours IV° (AD+)
South ridge From ref. Benevolo 4/5 hours III°/IV° (AD)


Rifugio Bezzi

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

Rifugio Benevolo

The ref.Benevolo.

Refuge BenevoloVal di Rhemes
2284m. From Thumel 1879m, take the path n°16. 1.30 hours. 61 places. Tel. 0165-936143
Rifugio Benevolo

External links

The Tsanteleina seen from the summit.
The second summit,and the Valley of Rhemes.
The impressive east flank seen...
Ghiacciaio di Goletta
Granta Parei (3387m) all routes from N and W

Meteo Valle d'Aosta
This makes this mountain quite dangerous, even along the normal route; easy but with warning of stones fallig.