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La Thuile Valley & Little Saint Bernard small Valley

 
La Thuile Valley & Little Saint Bernard small Valley

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Location: Aosta Valley, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.71648°N / 6.94437°E

Object Title: La Thuile Valley & Little Saint Bernard small Valley

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing, Toprope, Bouldering, Ice Climbing, Aid Climbing, Big Wall, Mixed, Scrambling, Via Ferrata, Canyoneering, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 4728 ft / 1441 m

 

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Skiing Overview



La Thuile Valley is one of the thirteen most important valleys of the Valley of Aosta. Located between the Valley of Aosta and Valley of the River Isère in France, bordering to the East with the parallel Valgrisenche Valley, stretches over 12 km from Pré Saint Didier Municipality, in the Central Valley of the River Dora Baltea, to its Southern end of the Big Summit with high Testa del Rutor (3486m). The other valleys, starting from the East and clockwise are: Champorcher, Cogne, Valsavarenche, Rhêmes, Valgrisenche. Those on the right orographic and hydrographic or South, while to the North will have the Valleys of Ferret and Veny, at the foot of Mount Blanc Mountain Chain, Valley of the Great Saint Bernard near the Basin By, Valpelline, the Valley of Torrent Marmore or Valtournanche at the top of which stands the Matterhorn and the two valleys of Monte Rosa, or valleys Ayas and Gressoney. We also have other valleys which, because of their length and extension, such as those of Champdepraz (Vallon of the Lochs), Fénis-Clavalité and Saint Marcel (Hunting Reserve Turati's), should be treated as such and not like a simple and exclusive vallons.



From Valley Dora Baltea stretches to the Piedmont, Vanoise-Valdisére-Tarentaise in France,

by E. Allen & Hiltrud.Liu


Presents fifties more or less important Summits, as many hills and glaciers, but mostly unspoiled Nature, who will return even more so after. Is a place "In" more for the Ski that for Mountaineering, there are a great plant; is a place for lovers of real mountain, one that does not have stupid Indian file for ascents, except for the Testa del Rutor. Its most important peaks are on his Eastern side the Testa (Head) of Rutor and other peaks of height between 3200 and 3250 metres (Château Blanc, Doravidi, Flambeau) to Planaval Pass preceding Subgroup Mont Paramont (3300m) and Mont Colmet (3024m) up to Testa d'Arpy (2022m), above Morgex Common. While in the West we have the chain that the Rutor unfolds, after Becca du Lac (3405m), towards Punta Loydon (3147m) and the Grande Assaly (3172/4m); here with a "round arch" reaches the three Monts Fréduaz (2933m), the Mont Valaisan (2891m) and the Little Saint Bernard Hill (2188m), at the height of the eponymous vallon that borders the Tarentaise in France. More to the North of this, a series of parallel valleys (Tormotta, Breuil, Chavannes, Orgères, Bellefaçe, Youlaz, Plan Praz) down parallel forming a hemi circle from Southwest to Northeast reaching Mont Crammont (2732m) above Pré Saint Didier Common and now at the entrance of the valley. A valley that extends like a great tree from North to South reaching the Hamlet of La Joux (1646m) at the foot of the three beautiful waterfalls underlying the great Glaciers of Rutor, below Deffeyes Refuge (2500m); then Westwards to Little Saint Bernard, reaching the same before the Villages la Rosière (1808m) Séez (984m) into the Tarentaise Region at the beginning of Val d'Isère, by about 28 Km Little St. Bernard.
So he has seen, over the centuries, go to the Little St. Bernard Salassians, Romans, Armed French, Spanish, Russian, Austrian, even (?) Napoleon Bonaparte. This is the "La Thuile" ... or the valley of the "tile".



Mont Blanc Chain to La Thuile, Rutor & Glaciers,

by Camillo Roberto Ferronato


La Valle di La Thuile é una delle tredici valli tra le più importanti della Valle di Aosta. Situata tra la medesima e la Valle del Fiume Isère in Francia e confinante con la parallela Valle di Valgrisenche ad Est, si allunga per oltre 12 Km dal Comune di Pré Saint Didier, presso la Valle Centrale del Fiume Dora Baltea, fino alla sua estremità Meridionale con l'abbastanza alta Testa del Tutor (3486 m). Le altre Valli, partendo da Est ed in senso orario, sono: Champorcher, Cogne, Valsavarenche, Rhêmes, Valgrisenche. Queste sul lato orografico ed idrografico destro o Meridionale, mentre su quello Settentrionale avremo le Valli di Vény e Ferret, ai piedi del Monte Bianco, la Valle del Gran San Bernardo con vicino la Conca di By, la Valpelline, la Valle del Fiume Marmore o Valtournanche al cui sommo si eleva il Monte Cervino e le due valli del Monte Rosa, ovvero Ayas e Gressoney. Inoltre abbiamo altre valli che, per lunghezza ed estensione, come quelle di Champdepraz, Fénis-Clavalité e Saint Marcel, dovrebbero essere considerate tali e non semplici valloni.
Presenta una cinquantina di Cime più o meno importanti, altrettanti colli e numerosi ghiacciai, ma soprattutto Natura incontaminata. Risulta località "In" più per lo Sci che per l'Alpinismo, esistendo un'eccezionale impiantistica; é posto per gli amatori della vera montagna, quella che non presenta stupide file indiane per le ascensioni, tranne che per il Rutor. Le sue cime più importanti sul suo lato Orientale sono la Testa del Rutor ed altre cime d'altezza tra i 3200 ed i 3250 metri (Château Blanc, Doravidi, Flambeau) fino al Passo di Planaval precedente il Sottogruppo del Mont Paramont (3300 m) e del Mont Colmet (3024m) fino alla Testa d'Arpy (2022m), al di sopra di Morgex. Mentre ad Occidente abbiamo la Catena che dal Rutor si dispiega, dopo la Becca du Lac (3405m), verso la Punta Loydon (3147 m) e la Grande Assaly (3172/4 m); qui con un "giro ad arco" raggiunge i tre Monts Fréduaz (2933 m), il Mont Valaisan (2891 m) ed il Passo del Piccolo (2188 m), al colmo dell'omonimo vallone confinante con la Tarentaise in Francia. Più a Nord di questo, una serie di valloni paralleli (Tormotta, Breuil, Chavannes, Orgères, Bellefaçe, Youlaz, Plan Praz) scendono paralleli formando un semicerchio da Sudovest verso Nordest che arriva al Mont Crammont (2732m), sopra Pré Saint Didier ed ormai all'imbocco. Una valle che s'allarga come grand'albero da Settentrione verso Meridione raggiungendo La Joux (1646 m), ai piedi delle tre belle cascate sottostanti i Ghiacciai del Rutor ed al Rifugio Deffeyes (2500 m); indi ad Ovest verso il Col du Petit Saint Bernard, raggiungendolo prima della discesa verso i Villaggi di la Rosière (1808 m) e Séez (984 m), all'interno della Regione della Tarentaise ed all'inizio della Val d'Isère, dopo all'incirca 28 Km dal valico.
Sta Valle, ha visto, nei secoli, passar pel Piccolo, Salassi, Romani, Armate Francesi, Russe, Austriache Spagnole e pur (?) Napoleone Bonaparte, il Grande Corso. Si tratta della "Valthuile" ... ovvero la valle della "tegola".



Sunset from Mont Blanc Mountain Chain towards La Thuile Valley into the Southern Graian Alps,

by Rahel Maria Liu - 2002


La Thuile, the ancient Roman Ariolica, was famous in a past not too far away, as well as for transit through the Col Piccolo San Bernardo, for its coal mines used in Aosta in Steel Mill National Cogne SpA, succeeded in 1927 to Ansaldo of Genoa; also was known for the extraction of stone slabs used for the construction of roofs, whence the name Thuile from French tuile (see Mont Thuilette). Regarding the Vallon of "Piccolo", to signal that it led the Roman Road to Gaul, who crossed the bridge Pont Serrand, the oldest in the entire valley. On this street are transited Armies every nation by Hannibal, Julius Caesar, Vitellius with the XIV° Legion, Septimius Severus and Caligula, who, fascinated, here wanted to build a city; but never by Napoleon that held in high regard this step. Transits more "sensational" are those of the King of Burgundians Gundikar with more than 80.000 men, San Pietro II° Bishop of Tarentaise, Umberto Biancamano, Godfrey of Buglione, Duke Carlo Emanuele I°, Prince Tommaso Savoy's, the Army of Henry IV° and the Generals Huguette, Mauroy, Moreau, Duhesmes and Suvarow, at the head of armies that ranged from 5.000 to 15.000 troops, even with 5.000 horses.



Little St. Bernard Pass with the ancient Hospice,

by om


La Thuile, antica Ariolica romana, era famosa in un passato neppur troppo remoto, oltre che pei transiti dal Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo, per le sue miniere di carbone utilizzato in Aosta nell'Acciaieria Nazionale Cogne S.p.A, succeduta nel 1927 all'Ansaldo di Genova; inoltre rinomata per l'estrazione delle lose usate per la costruzione dei tetti, donde il nome Thuile dal francese tuile (vedi Mont Thuilette). Per quanto concerne il Vallone del Piccolo, da segnalare che ad esso conduceva la Strada Romana per le Gallie, oltrepassante il ponte di Pont Serrand, il più antico dell'intera valle. Su questa via sono transitate Armate d'ogni Nazione da Annibale a Giulio Cesare, Vitellio con la XIV° Legione, Settimo Severo e Caligola, che, affascinato, qui voleva edificarvi una città; ma mai da Napoleone che però teneva in gran considerazione questo passaggio. I transiti più "clamorosi" son quelli del Re dei Burgundi Gundikar con più di 80.000 uomini, da San Pietro II° Vescovo di Tarantasia a Umberto Biancamano, Goffredo di Buglione, il Duca Carlo Emanuele I°, il Principe Tommaso, l'Esercito di Enrico IV° e vari Generali alla testa di Eserciti che variavano da 5.000 a 15.000 soldati, con anche 5.000 cavalli.





Getting There

By car:

  • From TORINO, MILANO, etc: Motorway A5. Exit at Morgex Municipality.

    From IVREA Town to Villeneuve, Arvier, Pré Saint Didier Municipalities.




    Arriving towards the Albert Deffeyes Refuge


    From Pré Saint Didier to La Thuile & Little Saint Bernard Valleys
    From Pré Saint Didier (1010m), with State Road, to La Thuile Valley: Elévaz, Balme Villages, La Thuile Commune, (1441m); from this to Little Saint Bernard Vallon towards the Little Saint Bernard Hill (2188m), through State Road. To Albert Deffeyes Refuge (2500m) with muletrack-path from La Joux Hamlet (1646m).

  • From FRANCE: through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Entrèves-crossroads to Vény/Ferret Valleys of Courmayeur. By Little Saint Bernard Pass, closed since November until half May to La Thuile Valley - Pré Saint Didier.




    At the end of Little St. Bernard Walloon near the Hill


    It is not necessary to take Motorway A5: you can drive on State Road n° 26, in the direction of AOSTA - IVREA - TURIN.


By plane:
  • Aeroporto Internazionale "Corrado Gex" Saint Christophe (Aosta)


La Thuile & Little St. Bernard All small Valley

"Grande Tête du Mont or Bec de l'Âne and Sachère's Pass, above the Vallon of Saint Grat, reach Becca du Lac where he began the Valley of La Thuile",

by emilius





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On the opposite side of watershed with the Valgrisenche, the ridge down from the Head of Rutor reaching Point Loydon and immediately below the Grand'Assaly, pivot towards the West. Leaving down on this side of the Tarenteise at the entrance of Val d'Isère, stretches towards the small Chain of the three Mounts Fréduaz and Mount Valaisan before Little Saint Bernard Pass, the ancient gateway to both nations. Entire border is marked by the ruins of the Second World War with small forts, natural shelters, trenches protected by netting and it happened at the Mont Charve, to find the remains of bullets and bombs exploded, and even black rubber gas masks worn by now. Farther, another small but long subgroup, with jagged peaks and little-known, reaches Pointe Léchaud and the Col de la Seigne. Department walloons descend to the East originating Subgroup of Mont Berrio Blanc and moving toward La Thuile and its surroundings, until you reach the Mont Crammont, above the Municipality of Pré Saint Didier.
After rises Mont Blanc, but it is quite another History ...

"After rises Mount Blanc, but it is another History",

by Osw





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VALLEYS & WALLOONS

In order to deploy clockwise from La Thuile Valley/Little Saint Bernard Walloon to Seigne Hill in La Lex Blanche Vallon


"Grand Assaly ascending towards Deffeyes Refuge",

by marco979





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La Thuile Valley
& surroundings

Usselettes-Invergneux Vallon:
from La Joux (1646m-parking 1603m) Village, through muletrack-path, First Ruitor Waterfall, Parcet (1770m), Plan Fruitier Alps, Second and Third Waterfalls, alternative about 2150 metres, Alpage du Glacier (2158m) to Refuge Albert Deffeyes (2500m).
Ru(i)tor Basin: from Refuge to wide Ruitor Lakes and Glaciers to 1)- Planaval Pass (3010m) in East with path, moraine snowfields and Flambeau Glacier in final part; 2)- to Doravidi Pass (3309m) crossing Ruitor Glacier to South-southeast. 3)- To Château Blanc Pass (3266m) same route, but more to South; 4)- to Ruitor Pass (3373m), near Deffeyes Cabine again more to South. 5)-Saint Grat Pass (3285m) to Southwest; 6)- Becca du Lac Pass (3336m) to west-souhwest. 7)- Noeud des Vedettes (3285m) to West; 8)- Invernet Pass (3221m) to Northwest. 9)- Loydon Southeastern Pass (3089m) to West-northwest; 10)- Loydon Northwestern Pass (2923m) to West. 11)- Assaly Pass (3002m) towards Northwest.
*** All those routes throuhg Glacier of Ruitor; the same require prudence, experience for the transit on glaciers and proper equipment with rope.
Bellecombe Vallon: from fork about 2150 metres to West, small bridge 2197 metres up Ruitor Torrent, with good path towards Bellecombe Eastern and Western Lakes (2379m); between these 1)- in South Tachuy five Lochs (2550m, 2569m the most) and Hill (2673m), with small path and through traces into stony ground 2)- Mount Charve (2927m), by easy rocky East Crest in final part. In West-southwest 3)- tiny loch to Lex Blanche Hill (2570m), with small path. 4)- In Northwest towards Lakes de Bellecombe (2631m) and Serre Hill (2705m); in North traverse, with scarce traces into the grassy slope or moraines 5)- to three Monts Fréduaz (2909m, 2933m, 2932m), without path and easy rocky ridge in final.
Combes Sozin-Thuilette: from small bridge 2120 metres after third waterfall to 1)- Comba Sozin Low Lake (2081m); traverse 2)- to Comba Thuilette and hill nearby quota 2368 metres to Ponteilles Alp (2060m). 3)- From hill in West Mont Thuilette (2428m), through East Crest, or under the same, with short amusing rocky steps; from this 4)- easy crossing on ridge and descent to Upper-Middle Lochs (2609m, 2227m, by moraines.
Ponteilles Vallon: from La Joux 1)- to Maisonnettes Pasture (1894m), Ponteilles Alp (2060m), with path; 2)- from alp in Southwest to Maisonnettes various ponds. From those in Northwest 3)- Bella Valletta Saddle (about 2700m), Bella Valletta (2811m), with traces; from saddle in Southwest 4)- Mount Valaisan (2891m), through Northeast easy Crest (caution with snow). 5)- From Bella Valletta in North traverse to Belvedere Hill (2568m), with path and traces also 6)- from quota 2731 metres on ridge descent in Northeast to Plan of Suches/Ponteilles Alp, through paths.
Belvedere Vallon: from La Suche (2084m)to just upper La Suche de Cantamont with private dirt road towards Bedalla and Suche Tablelands; leaving South the route towards Bella Valletta or to adjacent Ponteilles Vallon (yellow wooden signal), with the same continue West on walloon floor up to the Belvedere Hill. From this easily with minuscule path more to the West or through the same dirt road on Southern Slope towards Mont Belvedere (2641m), at the end of watershed and just above the Lower Lac of Verney (2088m), neighbor the Little Saint Bernard Hill (2188m).

"The ridge border with the remains of the trenches of World War II° reaches Fréduazs & the Mount Valaisan",

by emilius





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Little Saint Bernard Vallon & surroundings

Verney-Tormotta Vallon:
from Verney Lake (2088m), Upper Verney Lake (2280m), Torveraz Pasture, Saddle about 2550 metres below Pointe Rousse, Tormotta(z) Lakes (2486m) 1)- in Westo to Arguerey Pass; 2)- in Northwest to Veys Pass (2984m), without path and through moraine.
Breuil Vallon: from main road Little Saint Bernard winding 1861 metres to alternative 1838 metres before Chaz Pontaille (nice small bridge up Lake Torrent), Chanté Pastures (1993m), Plan Veyle (2080m), Biolettaz Alp, Entre deux Eaux Pastures (2333m), Crotti Alp (2520m) to 1)- Echelles des Chavannes or East Bassa Serra Hill (2737m); from this in North 2)- descent to Chavannes Vallon, through path-traces on moraine with farm road to Pont Serrand-La Thuile Resort. In Northwest 3)- to Léchaud Point (2973m), with moraines and broken rocks on Southeast easy Slope.
Chavannes Vallon: 1)- from fork 1602 metres before Pont Serrand Village (parking near fountain), Orgères Pastures (1884m), Monquet Alp, Clos Prevot Alpages, Low Berrio Blanc Pastures, Chavannes d'en Bas, Chavannes d'en Haut Pastures (2424m); from this to 2)- Chavannes Hill (2603m). In South to 3)- Lochs of Chavannes Glacier, Bassa Serra Western, Eastern Hills or Echelles des Chavannes and Point (about 2850m, 2838m, 2737m), with path-traces. In South-southwest to 4)- Léchaud Point, path, crossing Chavannes Glacier by rotten rocks easily on Southeast Slope. In Southwest to 5)- Mount Léchaud, through Northeast Crest (a delicate passage of II°-). In North 6)- from Upper Chavannes Pastures to Mount Fortin Lochs, Point (2758m), with paths and final blocks, near ex-Shelters Major Sonza. 7)- To East Berrio Blanc Pass, high traverse through path.
Orgères Vallon: from Orgères Village (1884m), along Orgères Torrent, passing Pond du Vallon of Orgères to Orgères Pass (2708m), with path.
Youlaz Vallon: from Balme-Sainte Marie Madeleine (1309m), Alpages Low Arp and Peson (1871m), Mayen de la Youlaz Pasture (2035m), Youlaz Lac nearby Shelter Maggiore Reggiani to 1)- Youlaz Hill (2661m); 2)-Arp Hill (2570m), paths with traverse and upper connection of the same.
Crammont Vallon: from Miatay (1868m), Plan Praz Alp (2099m) to 1)- Mount Crammont (2737m), steep path on East Slope and Tête of Grand Mount (2749m), through easy, short traverse on rocky Northeast Crest (carving of I°+); to 2)- Mount or Becca de Nona (2106m), with path.


"The Grand'Assaly acts as a hinge more to the Northwest between the Valleys of the Isère and La Thuile",

by emilius





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Sul lato opposto della Valgrisenche lo spartiacque discende dalla Testa del Rutor raggiungendo la Punta Loydon e subito appresso la Grand'Assaly, vero e proprio perno verso Occidente. Lasciando in basso su questo versante la Tarenteise all'imbocco della Valdisère, s'allunga verso la piccola Catena dei tre Fréduaz ed il Mont Valaisan anticipando il Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo, antica porta d'ingresso per ambo le nazioni. Tutto il confine é segnato dai resti della Seconda Guerra Mondiale con fortini, rifugi naturali, trinceramenti protetti da reticolato e ci é capitato, presso il Mont Charve, di ritrovarne resti con proiettili e bombe esplose, nonché persino nere maschere anti gas in gomma ormai usurata. Oltre, un altro piccolo ma lungo sottogruppo, con cime frastagliate e misconosciute, raggiunge la Punta Léchaud ed il Colle della Seigne. Grandi valloni si rivolgono ad Oriente originando il Sottogruppo del Berrio Blanc indirizzandosi verso La Thuile ed il suo circondario, sin a raggiungere il Mont Crammont, sopra al Comune di Pré Saint Didier.
Dopo s'eleva il Monte Bianco, ma é tutta 'n'altra Storia ...

"After rises Mount Blanc, but it is another History",

by emilius





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A dozen easy Walks & Hiking even by Snowshoes




Mont Valaisan in late but with winter conditions,

by emilius


The analysis of this last great valley does not differ much from the previous ones. The Valley La Thuile can certainly be regarded as a queen among those orographic Southern about downhill skiing; In fact, a "domaine skiable" huge stretches over the Tourist Village Les Suches to connect also in La Rosière in Haute Tarentaise. With regard to the Eastern side, we recommend that the ascent to the Refuge Albert Deffeyes, or towards East Ussellettes Lochs, the beginning of the great glaciers that Rutor certainly not suited to this discipline. Then we go to "seek his fortune" on the opposite side, or in those great spaces that stretch from the Great Assaly (3174m) towards the North-northwest in the direction of Valaisan and the Little Saint Bernard Hill; further and further to the North of the same long parallel vallons are directed towards Pointe Léchaud (3127m) and Mont Berio Blanc (3252m), but in winter are very exposed to avalanches. We prefer to avoid sending them back, if anything, to hiking in summer. Instead, we "fall back" on the Vallons Bellecombe and Tachuy with their beautiful lakes and in the wild of Ponteilles from Les Suches door to the crest watershed Belvedere/Bella Valletta/Mount Valaisan. The small range of Fréduazs (2938m) stands between these two areas just mentioned above. Many are the routes so-called "minimum" and some basic ones that lend themselves to multiple variants; the ascent to the Mont Valaisan can be considered as Exceptional Via, both the length (not excessive in relation to Bella Valletta) for problem situations that can be reserved at the end in case of snow. A trip in itself can be considered as immediately a separate entrance to the Vallon of Crammont (2737m) or of Praz.




La Thuile, adjacent to Valdisère/Haute Tarentaise (France), Veny Valley-La Lex Blanche Vallon, Arpy Basin and Valgrisenche.

It reaches from La Rosière (1808m) through Little Saint Bernard Hill (2188m). From Pré Saint Didier (1017m) or Morgex (920m) Communes through San Carlo Hill (1960m). From La Thuile Municipality (1484m) to La Joux (1646m) or to La Suche Resort (2145m); also to Village Tourist Center Little St. Bernard.


From La Suche de Cantamont Resort to Mont Crammont


Important Note:
by snowshoes on average doubling the time of route and raise a grade about to the difficulties.

1)- n° 1: from La Thuile, with State Road of Little Saint Bernard towards the alternatives 1972 metres on Main Road (below Tête de Tsargian 2708m) and 1990 metres (to Combemar and "Fourclaz Express" ski lift) metres, where completely reversing direction with a long East straight to Les Suches de Cantamont Resort (2145m; stone fountain near a small parking). From this, through dirt road in Southwest, passing under three ski lifts and abandoning North the little watershed Terre Noire (2419m)/Chaz-Duraz (2579m), to third fork 2402 metres, neighbor the arrival of "Argillen Express". Continue on dirt private road, discarding left another, up to the following cross in Bedalla Tableland (2465m; yellow signal); leaving Southwest the road to Fourclaz (2486m), Mont Belvedere Hill and Summit (2568m, 2641m), through path decisively in South with short descent to subsequent vallon floor in Suche Tableland; tourning East through a diagonal ramp and doubling a rocky small buttress enter into a following Ponteilles Vallon, in the upper part. Changing direction completely again and the trail turns into a good military muletrack, reached a more steep section of debris-blocks (possibility snow presence) will gradually go below the ridge. Continuing to the South and crossing two altitudes (2731m, 2710m) reaches a grassy-rocky small shoulder (2767m) and immediately after Bella Valletta Summit (2811m) with small and occulted bunkers, above Ponteilles Vallon (F; 3h '00/3h '15).

"Free spaces, no more cross-linked ...",

by emilius





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2)- n° 2:
from La Suche de Cantamont towards Bedalla Tableland and following Bella Valletta through preceding route; from this, with easy, short descent, to following large Saddle (2743m). Bending progressively West and, always through military muletrack just under the crest and crossing amongst various boulders, to terminal part on Eastern Slope. Here the trail becomes narrow and steep path and, passing near a bunker, with a short crossing to the South goes over a tiny rocky-grassy promontory; continue through a small rocky spur reaching the conclusive part. Generally, the route ends on the Southeast Ridge (signal output at the Top), which descends the Grand Glacier Pass (2809m; alternative route through traverse from previous saddle and crossing on Mont Valaisan Glacier with numerous dangerous crevasses in Northern border) below Western Mont Fréduaz or Pointe de la Louie Blanche (2932m). But in high snow presence (sometimes the rocks are covered with big sticks of ice) should bypass the small turret final with a delicate crossing on the Northern Slope and, finally, to Mont Valaisan (2891m; F+; 4h '00/4h '15 Les Suches).

"Mont Blanc Mountain Chain from Chaz-Duraz",

by Corvus





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3)- n° 3 and n° 4:
from La Suche-Cantamont, previous routes in Southwest, to:
Variant n° 3 alternative 2402 metres, below Grande Tête (2379m); from fork, through dirt road in North and crossing under the two ski lifts "Chaz Duraz Express/Chaz Duraz" to upper alternative (2527m; junction of three dirt roads). Finally, through diagonals South/North, up to the Mount Chaz-Duraz (2579m); even path-traces on crest from Terre Noire, on small watershed above Fourclaz Pass in Southwest and Les Suches in Northeast (T; 1h '15/1h '30).
Variant n° 4: from the first alternative just after Cantamont, with dirt road in West-northwest, to arrival of ski lift "Chalet"; from this continue and, through a small trace on South Slope and in North, to little Summit of Terre Noire (2419m; E/T; 1h '00/1h '15), at the end of watershed from Mont Belvedere; Fourclaz Pass/Mont Chaz-Duraz.

"Then it declines towards the Little Saint Bernard Hill ...",

by Antonio





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4)- n° 5:
from Le Suche-Cantamont to Bedalla and Suche Tablelands (2465m), with previous routes; from fork 2465 metres continue on dirt road and in West to an upper small saddle (2516m; to Lac de Touriasse and Plan Abondance below Little Saint Bernard Hill). Tourning Southwest through the same to Belvedere Hill (2568m; junction with route from ski lift "Little Saint Bernard"); from this, in a short time on South Slope, to Monte Belvedere Hill (2568m) and Monte Belvedere (2641m; F; 2h '30/2h '15), above Verney Lake (2088m) and nearby Little Saint Bernard Hill.

5)- n° 6: from La Joux and following parking (1646m, 1603m; triple signals no passage on three different dirt roads; restaurant) continue South-southeast through muletrack Alta Via number 2 along Ruitor Torrent and towards First Rutor Waterfall (about 1700 metres), Parcet (1770m), Plan Fruitier (1820m around; source; "Belvedere" just above in Southwest) Pastures, Second and Third Waterfall (1996m) to subsequent double forks (2108m; from a mini narrowing with signals, in West to Bellecombe Vallon and two magnificent Lakes; 2197m; in South, with more small path, to Seracs Lake 2387m). Leaving the two last and from the first cross go East to Alpage du Glacier neighbor the homonym Lake (2158m, source; 2140m) and, through semicircular route to Rutor Alp and just following Albert Deffeyes Refuge (2500m; near fork towards Ussellettes Vallon, continuing on Alta Via; M-; 3h '00/3h '15).

"On route toward Albert Deffeys Shelter ...",

by gmonty





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6)- n° 7:
from fork 2108 metres, changing in Southwest, through a good path along Belle Combe Torrent and leaving North the deviation towards Comba Sozin Loch (2081m), to an isolated and unnamed alp (around 2300m; semi-ruined) preceding two next Bellecombe Lochs (2379m; E/F; 2h '15/2h '30), below Monts Fréduaz Range.

7)- n° 8 and n° 9: from the junction of two Belle Combe Lakes, tourning decisively South through a small path, to various splendid Tachuy Lochs (2550m, 2569m), between Grande Assaly/Mount Favre (F; 3h '15/3h '30 La Joux).
Variant n° 9: from Belle Combe Lakes continue West-southwest through small path on vallon floor to easy La Lex Blanche Hill (2570m), between Serre Pass (2705m)/Tête du Charvet (2742m; F; 3h '15/3h '30 from La Joux).

"Even the snow shoes not can scratch & damage this Peace ...",

by Antonio





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8)- n° 10 and 11:
from La Joux with dirt road towards unnamed pasture 1862 metres; after through small path in southwest to Maisonnettes Torrent and subsequent Pasture (1864m); from this continue South crossing on Comba Chousa to Comba Thuilette reaching the path from Alp Ponteille to Lake Sozin. Tourning right reach a small grassy-rocky crest near the altitude 2368 metres; thriugh this to Mont Thuilette (2428m) (E/F; 2h '00/2h '30).
Variant n° 11: from La Joux Alp (1646m; signal no passage), with short dirt road in Southeast, to unnamed and isolated pasture 1682 metres at the end of the same; changing direction in North, through a small path, to Arnouva Dèsott. From tyis, abandoning in North the deviation to Posaz Pasture and through better path before in Southwest towards Maison Grange Pasture (1938m; source), Arnouvaz Damon Alpage (1975m), after more in West, discarding a little detour to the Cerellaz Pasture, towards Ponteilles Alp (2060m) in Ponteilles Vallon (E/F; 1h '30/1h '45).

"Ascending on Mont Thuilette below three Monts Fréduaz",

by Antonio





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9)- n° 12:
from Pré Saint Didier near "Station Thermal" (1017m), with Regional Road in South, towards three tunnels, to Elévaz Hamlet (1302m; + "Notre Dame de la Visitation" Chapel); leaving the same and with Municipal Road in North to Torrent small Village (1344m; signal no transit), at the beginning of Plan Praz Vallon. From this continue North and towards Quiedroz Désott (1464m) and Damon Pastures (1386m) again reach the private dirt farms road nearby Chamossin Pasture (1564m). With a large tour North/Southwest on dirt road to attain Maisonnettes Pasture (1714m; even path shortcut) and in North Chanton Alpages (1817m; source); again changing South, to reach the following Alps of Mialey (1868; source). Continue North/South on dirt road into Chanton Forest and, leaving right (North-northeast) the good path to Mont or Becca de Nona (2106m), reach Plan Praz Alp (2099m), at the end of private dirt farms road. Before through path in West, along the torrent, and after tourning North get on Eastern round grassy Crest of Mont Crammont (2737m) in altitude around 2450 metres; by the same, which merges with East-southeastern wide Slope (** very exposed to snowslides and avalanches in case of too high or unprocessed), through path easy but progressively steep to Top (great Virgin Mary statue; "Pavillon de Saussure" ruins) (E/F; 4h '00/4h '15). Ability to reach, after a short ridge hike in the Southwest, the near Tête du Grand Mont, slightly higher.

"Even in Winter ... but ...",

by m g Schiapparelli





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*** Footnote:
this peak has been reached for the first time by the famous Genevan Naturalist Horace de Saussure in 1774 and in 1778; Section C.A.I. of Aosta built a shelter on the Top in 1880. Having become very popular for its great views over the Mount Blanc Mountain Chain, was also climbed by Queen Margherita of Italy, August 16, 1886 accompanied by Guide Courmayeur Henry Séraphin. Hut now only ruins near a trigonometric signal near the Summit.

"Mont Crammont at dawn",

by msudars





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**** Technical climbing remark:
it is besides possible to access the true Summit of this mountain (Tête du Grand-Mont 2748/9m; around 120 metres more to the Southwest), which lies just to the South, with an easy crossing on grass tracks and a short passage, after a brief descent to a carving with no good rocks; easily but exposed more to the Northwest (a quarter hour later, half hour for the round trip from nearby Mont Crammont).

"From Crammont to Mount Blanc Mountain Chain",

by self-timer photo





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10)- n° 13 (dirt road/paths):
up to here (Mialey) with a ride on the private road off to the West through two isolated and unnamed Pastures (1405m, 1533m) and through the Alps Combembey (1506m); after a subsequent winding road and through a shortcut to Maisonnettes. From this two possibilities: 1)- dirt road in West to Chanton Alp; 2)- directly through path to Mialey Alp (E/F; a quarter hour more or less, depending on the route chosen).





"In the silence, please review the scenes of border war ...",

by Emilio Bertona


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L'analisi di quest'ultima grande vallata non si discosta di molto dalle precedenti. La Valle di La Thuile può essere indubbiamente considerata quale regina, tra quelle orograficamente parlando Meridionali, riguardo lo sci di discesa; infatti un "domaine skiable" enorme s'estende al di sopra del Villaggio Turistico di Les Suches per collegarsi anche a La Rosière nella Haute Tarentaise. Per quanto concerne il lato più Orientale, consigliamo la sola salita al Rifugio Deffeyes all'inizio dei grandi Ghiacciai del Rutor, o ai Laghetti nel Vallone des Ussellettes ad Oriente del medesimo. Andiamo quindi a "cercar fortuna" sul lato opposto, ovvero in quei grandi spazi che dalla Grande Assaly si protendono verso Nord-nordovest in direzione del Mont Valaisan e del Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo; oltre ed ancora più a Nord del medesimo lunghi valloni paralleli s'indirizzano verso la Punta Léchaud e Mont Berio Blanc ma, in inverno, son alquanto esposti a valanghe. Preferiamo evitarli demandandoli, semmai, all'Escursionismo estivo. Noi invece "ripieghiamo" sui Valloni di Bellecombe e Tachuy coi loro splendidi laghi, in quello selvaggio di Ponteilles e nell'area che da Les Suches porta verso la cresta spartiacque Monte Belvedere/Bella Valletta/Mont Valaisan. La piccola catena dei tre Fréduazs si frappone tra queste due zone appena sopr'indicate. Molti sono i percorsi di base che si prestano a molteplici varianti; la sola salita al Mont Valaisan può essere considerata quale leggermente più impegnativa, sia per la lunghezza (non eccessiva rispetto a Bella Valletta) che per le situazioni problematiche riservabili alla parte finale in caso di neve alta. Una gita a se stante può essere considerata quella nel Vallone del Crammont o di Praz, proprio all'ingresso della valle.




"Then the Crammont leaves space to Her Majesty ...",

by emilius

Images

7 ... Mont de la Brenva from Entrèves Glacier 2006il rifugio Albert Deffeyes...Great Rochère and Mount Blanc in StormThe Mont Crammont, the first...Nearly Seven Various Authors in B&W (By Ilario) 1969La Thuile Valley Towards North Wall of Paramont 1969Mont Crammont at dawn
View from the Rochefort RidgeView from the Innominata RidgeClimbing on Antesummit W-NW of La Louie Blanche Lago del colle Piccolo San Bernardo (2180 m)Grande AssalyMont Blanc from Chaz Dura...Towards cresta Thuilette
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