It's the sharp Lancebranlette (2927 m), seemingly rather unaccessible from this side.
But if you follow up to the pass (2188 m), cross the frontier and begin the descent towards La Rosière (1942 m) as far as the ancient Hospice building, not far from the pass, looking towards Lancebranlette you'll find out a very easier approach to the summit through the grassy southern slope.
Getting thereSOUTHERN ACCESS
Get Prè Saint Didier (1017 m)
Follow the road SS26 that, by many hairpin bends in a pleasant wood, gets over the difference in height with the lateral hanging valley of La Thuile. After a tunnel the slope firstly decreases, then increases again before entering in La Thuile (1447 m).Here the road starts the long ascent as far as the Petit Saint Bernard Pass (2188 m). Go across the French border and stop at the parking near the Hospice building.
All around viewThe principal point of interest for Lancebranlette consists in the panorama visible both from the summit and from the route (in this last case mainly towards South).
Here six views are reported, starting from North and going clockwise.
Photos annotated by Antonio Giani
Views of Verney Lake
Views from Monte Belvedere ( 2642 m)
MeteoYou can get meteo information at the official site of the Regione Valle d'Aosta
Valle d'Aosta Meteo
Books and MapsAlessandro Giorgetta - Valdigne, gli itinerari escursionistici - Zanichelli (1981)-in Italian
Valdigne Mont Blanc - Les sentiers
Map 1:50000 by Hapax (2001) - Published by Comunità Montana Valdigne Mont Blanc
- overall information concerning Petit Saint Bernard Pass
A pleasant review of :
-Ancient history and the archaeological route;
-Little St. Bernard's Mauritian Hospice;
- Alpine garden Chanousia;
-Lac Verney: a high-altitude marshy area.
- the official site of the Giardino Botanico Alpino Chanousia
- Download a short zipped WMV movie concerning Chanousia
Page by Regione Valle d'Aosta (in Italian)
- l'histoire du col du petit St. Bernard
- Description of the normal route (in Italian)