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Le Tour de la Pointe de Drône
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Le Tour de la Pointe de Drône

 
Le Tour de la Pointe de Drône

Page Type: Route

Location: Aoste / Valois, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.87900°N / 7.15730°E

Object Title: Le Tour de la Pointe de Drône

Route Type: Hike

Time Required: A long day

Difficulty: Walk-Around

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Page By: Gangolf Haub, livioz

Created/Edited: Mar 22, 2004 / Nov 14, 2006

Object ID: 160494

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Approach

The Pointe de Drône is located a little west of the pass of Gd. St. Bernard on the border between Italy and Switzerland. The trailhead therefore is on top of the pass at 2469m of altitude. To get there be sure to miss the tunnel - you need to get to the top along the long and winding road!

 Mont Fourchon 2902m Lac de Fenêtre 2512m Mont Telliers 2951m Col du Bastillon 2757m Dent du Grand Lé 2884m Pointe de Drône 2949m Montagna Baux 2373m Lac de Fenêtre 2498m Petite Chenalette 2885m Mont Mort 2867m Col du Grand Saint Bernard 2469m Pain de Sucre 2919m Grande Chenalette 2889m Col Fenêtre de Ferret 2697m Lac de Fenêtre 2457m Petit Lé 2581m Les Lacerandes 2777m Col des Chevaux 2716m Tête Fenêtre 2823m Grand Lé 2554m
Interactive overview map of the Pointe de Drône area

Overview

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360° pano (made of 20 single images) from Tête de Fenêtre de Ferret 2823m


Though technically speaking not an ascent route to the summit of the Pointe, this roundtrip deserves an own post. Several SP-members have done the tour - more than have been to the top, I suppose - and it is the perfect way to spend a day among the highest summits of the Alps without actually having to climb them. The tour climbs through four passes and travels by a multitude of alpine lakes and gives you a day's worth of hiking and climbing fun.

1er Etappe: Col du Gd. St. Bernhard - Fenêtre de Ferret

The first stage starts as does the route along Fenêtre de Ferret - you head down the road on the Italian side of Gd. St. Bernhard and after some 1500m head right and upwards directly for the pass of Fenêtre de Ferret at 2698m. The climb takes about an hour.

Alternatively you can climb Pain du Sucre (2919m), which is situated a little south of the Fenêtre. The ascent takes another hour both ways. Still another possibility is to climb to Tête de Fenêtre (2823m) to the west of the pass.

2nde Etappe: Fenêtre de Ferret - Col du Bastillion

From Fenêtre de Ferret head down- and northwards towards the three Lacs de Fenêtre. This is a quite attractive and popular destination which can also be reached from Val Ferret on the Swiss side of the mountains. From the Lacs you have great views of Grand Golliat (3238m) and of Mont Dolent and Tour Noir.

From the northernmost lake head a little to the northwest where a scramble to the next destination, Col du Bastillion (2757m), starts. This scramble is in some places (especially at the top) a little exposed but poses no serious problems.

3eme Etappe: Chemin des Chevaux

From the Col head downwards toward the Lakes Grande and Petite Lé. A little before the lake an unmarked trail heads along and below Pointe de Drône. This trail is rather exposed in places so you might want to take the marked one which heads straight ahead (southeastern direction) between the two lakes.

It descends into a creek bed, the Combe de Drône and later climbs steeply to the next pass - Col des Chevaux (2716m). From here to the starting point at Col de Gd St. Bernhard it is an easy downward hike, again affording great views of Mont Velan and Grand Combin.

Ski Mountaineering

P. de Drone and Gr. Combin...
Pointe de Drone and Grand Combin in the clouds

 
Lac de Fenetre in late winter
Lac de Fenetre in late winter
 
Lac de Fenetre in late winter
Lac de Fenêtre: in the background Mont Blanc range
 
Pointe de Drone. East ridge...
East ridge of Pointe de Drone in May

Essential Gear

Hiking gear, food and water (though you might fill up at the lakes and creeks along the trail).


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