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Les Combes Basin

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: Aosta Valley Introd Arvier Municipalities, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.68589°N / 7.15451°E

Object Title: Les Combes Basin

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering

Season: Summer, Fall

Elevation: 9715 ft / 2961 m

 

Page By: OsvaldoCardellina

Created/Edited: Apr 30, 2016 / Apr 30, 2016

Object ID: 970859

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Cleric Overview Papal




A little flat basin, which then turns into a small valley, sited between the Valleys of Rhêmes and Valgrisenche in a wooded bluff overlooking both the entrances.
A tiny resort, located into a forest at the foot of Becca del Merlo or Becca Chamin (2961m) at the end of the long divide between the two starting from Punta Galisia (3346m) at the extreme borders with Piedmont and France, became famous for the attendance of two amongst the last Vatican Popes (John Paul II° and Benedict XVI°).
But also a happy island of peace not only choice and frequented by them but also by various Naturalists, Hikers and Mountaineers or simply as numerous Tourists eager to visit these places, as well as the underlying small Villages of Petit Haury and Grand Haury at the terrifying Tower Montmayeur or Tour d'Haury with its bleak horrified Legends.
By Aosta City, through the State Road n° 26 towards Courmayeur and the Mont Blanc Tunnel, arrive at Villeneuve (670m, 10 Km. from Aosta; Tower of Châtel Argent of XI° Century built by Bard's Lords) and from this continue Westward, while we can go through the village past the Church of Santa Maria Assunta and Bell Tower of 1400, rebuilt in 1782. Leaving just left the deviations for Savara and Rhêmes Valleys, through the new bridge to reach the main road. Or, to avoid the crossing of the same, go just before Chavonne at the same through the old bridge on the Baltea, semi destroyed by the flood of 1907 and partly rebuilt with the stones of the road to Petit Saint Bernard as the country destroyed by a terrible hurricane. Soon, passing nearby the squared Tour Colin reach Arvier (776m, 14.5 Km. from Aosta) located under the Becca del Merlo or Becca de Chamin (2961m) at the end of the long watershed that originates even with the Punta Galisia, this last bordering with Piedmont Region and the nearby France. But, if you listen to my advice, do not operate any of these two choices, but you reach Arvier with a third and most impressive road itinerary. Villeneuve to take the Regional Road to Introd but not reach the same why you visited already since the second day. Instead reached the junction 806 metres for Villes Dessous at the Chapel of St. James of 1867 cross the country reaching Ville Dessus with small Church of St. Hilary always 1800. Here (863m) can also be reached by continuing briefly on Regional Road and with short descent that leads to the tiny square in front of the same, where as part of a much shorter nice walk on an ancient paved and signaled path and adressed to the above little Chapel of Santa Anna (0h'15) on the road that goes down to Arvier. From this, with mini "Picnic area" and small car park as well as magnificent views over the Central Valley of Baltea and the Group of Mount Emilius (3559m), continue straight on the right, leaving the detour to Les Combes (1341m), the place of spiritual summer retreats of the Popes "John Paul II° Benedict XVI°" in recent years; passing high above the "Comba Neye de la Mort" and through a wild valley, down towards Northwest Arvier with beautiful view over the remains of the Château de la Mothe or of Arvier XIII° Century and the nearby Parish Church with Romanesque Steeple, immediately below to a small "Naturalistic Area" with a pond. Leaving Arvier toward State Road meet one after the other a Monumental Cross, wrought iron of a Mission of 1933 and an artistic roundabout dedicated to the local cyclist "Maurice Garin", winner in 1903 of the first "Tour de France" and even two Paris-Roubaix. Just beyond you meet the Hamlet of Leve or Liverogne (water mange or growling), where he arrived in a gorge the Doire de Valgrisenche (Rochefort Chapel, built on the ruins of an ancient castle).




Les Combes into the forest below Mont de l'Âne, by Antonio 2005

Questa conca, trasformantesi in un valloncello, é sita a cavallo tra le Valli di Rhêmes e Grisenche in un promontorio boschivo dominante l'ingresso d'entrambe.
Località, collocata ai piedi della Becca del Merlo o Chamin (2961 m) al termine del lungo spartiacque tra le due, diventata famosa per la frequentazione di due degli ultimi Papi.
Ma anche un'isola di pace non solo scelta e frequentata da Giovanni Paolo II° e Benedetto XVI° ma pur da Naturalisti, Escursionisti ed Alpinisti o semplicemente da Turisti desiderosi di visitare sti luoghi, nonché i sottostanti Villaggetti del Petit e Grand Haury presso la terrificante Torre di Montmayeur o Tour d'Haury con le sue tetre Leggende.
Dalla Città di Aosta, tramite la Strada Statale n° 26 verso Courmayeur ed il Tunnel del Monte Bianco, raggiungere il Comune di Villeneuve (670 m, 10 Km. da Aosta; Torre di Châtel Argent del XI° Secolo dai Signori di Bard) e continuare verso Occidente, mentre passando nel medesimo si può visitare la Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta con Campanile del 1400, ricostruita nel 1782. Da questi, lasciando subito sulla sinistra la deviazioni per le Valli Savara e Rhêmes, tramite il nuovo ponte raggiungere la Statale. Oppure, evitando la traversata del medesimo, passare appena prima presso Chavonne sulla medesima per mezzo del vecchio ponte sulla Baltea, semi distrutto dall'alluvione del 1907 ed in parte ricostruito con le pietre della strada del Piccolo San Bernardo come il paese distrutto da un terribile uragano. Ben presto, passando presso la quadrata Tour Colin raggiungiamo Arvier (776 m; 14,5 Km. da Aosta) sita sotto la Becca del Merlo oppure di Chamin (2961 m) al termine del lungo spartiacque che si origina addirittura con la Punta Galisia ai confini con la Regione Piemonte e la viciniora Francia. Ma, se ascoltate un consiglio, non operate nessuna di queste due scelte, bensì raggiungete Arvier con un terzo e più suggestivo itinerario stradale. Da Villeneuve prendete la strada per Introd ma non lo raggiungete poiché lo avete visitato di già nella seconda giornata. Raggiunto invece il bivio 806 metri per Villes Dessous presso la Cappella di San Giacomo del 1867 attraversate il paese raggiungendo Ville Dessus con Chiesetta di Sant'Ilario sempre del 1800. Qui (863 m) si può giungere anche continuando per breve tempo sulla Strada Regionale e con breve discesa che porta alla piazzetta davanti alla medesima, dove parte una tanto corta quanto bella passeggiata su d'un antico sentierucolo lastricato nonché segnalato verso la soprastante Cappelletta di Santa Anna (0h'15) sulla Strada che scende ad Arvier. Da questa, con mini parcheggio e minuscola "Area Picnic" nonché magnifico panorama sulla Valle Centrale della Dora Baltea ed il Gruppo del Monte Emilius (3559 m), si prosegue lasciando subito sulla destra la deviazione per Les Combes (1341 m), luogo dei ritiri estivi spirituali dei Papi "Giovanni Paolo II° e Benedetto XVI°" negli ultimi anni. Passando alti sopra la "Comba Neye de la Mort" ed attraversato un selvaggio valloncello, si scende verso Nordovest ad Arvier con bella vista sui resti del Château de la Mothe o d'Arvier del XIII° Secolo e la vicina Chiesa Parrocchiale con Campanile romanico, subito appresso ad una piccola "Area Naturalistica" con laghetto. Uscendo dal Comune d'Arvier verso la Statale s'incontrano una dietro l'altra una Croce monumentale in ferro battuto di una Missione del 1933 ed un'artistica rotonda dedicata al locale ciclista "Maurice Garin", vincitore nel 1903 del primo "Tour de France", nonché di due Parigi-Roubaix. Appena oltre si incontra la Frazione di Leve o Liverogne (acqua che rogna ovvero che brontola), dove arriva in una forra la Doire de Valgrisenche (Cappella di Rochefort, costruita sui resti d'un antico castello).


 In memory of Pope Paulus Johannes II...
Montmayeur Tower & Castle nearby Petit Haury 2015
Tour de Montmayeur in West by Grand Haury 2015

Getting There

By car:

  • From TORINO, MILANO, etc: Motorway A5. Exit at IVREA or Quincinetto (PIEDMONT)

    From IVREA Town: West to Pont St. Martin, Donnas, Bard, Verrès, St. Vincent, Châtillon, Nus, Quart, St. Christophe, Aosta, Sarre, St. Pierre, Villeneuve, Arvier Commons.

    From Courmayeur Resort: in East to Pré St. Didier, Morgex, La Salle, Avise, Arvier and Villeneuve Municipalities.




    From Aosta Town to Villeneuve and Introd or from Arvier Municipalities
    1)-:
    From Aosta with the State n° 26 towards Courmayeur-Mont Blanc reaching Villeneuve Common (670m) and Ville Dessous/Dessus Hamlets and following crossroads 806/863 metres, just below Introd Commune (880m). From these with Regional Road to West-southwest until the junction 1256 metres below Combes.




    2)-:
    From Aosta always towards Villeneuve Commune and, continuing on State Road, until Arvier Municipality (776m); from this, leaving West the State Road, continue Southwest and, passing Crête (821m) and Verney (894m) Villages, reach before those of Petit Haury, Grand Haury (1081m, 1177m) and then Combes (1323m).




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

    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)

Approach & Routes

Les Combes Basin/Vallon:


from Petit to Grand Haury (1081m, 1177m) through the asphalt road, then to Les Combes (1323m) and in Southwest Combientse (1783m), Plan Bry 1918m); from this, chancing in Southeast, towards Maison Crou (2219m), with paths 5A, then unnumbered. This last through North-northeast Ridge Mont de l'Âne (2361m), Cross (2439m), with traces, below Quota 2690 metres and, through North Crest Becca of Merlo also of Chamin (2961m), with debris, traces and small easy rocks. With snow rope required.




The Forest below Mont de l'Âne & above Les Combes, by Osw 2015

Il Bacino/Vallone di Les Combes
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dalla Frazione del Petit Haury (1081 m) a quella del Grand Haury (1177 m) continuando poi con deviazione verso il Villaggio di Les Combes (1323 m fontanile e Museo dedicato a Papa Giovanni Paolo II°) con la strada asfaltata e quindi a Sudovest in direzione di Combientse (1783 m), Plan Bry 1918 m), dopodiché a Sudest verso Maison Crou (2219 m), tramite sentieri 5A, poi non numerato. Da quest'ultima per mezzo della Cresta Nord-nordest al Mont de l'Âne (2361 m), Croce 2439 metri, su tracce sottostantemente alla Quota 2690 metri e, tramite la Cresta Nord alla Becca del Merlo o di Chamin (2961 m), tramite detriti, tracce e roccette facili. Con neve sicuramente meglio se con corda.




Becca del Merlo & Mont de l'Âne above Les Combes, by Osw 2016

Images

 In memory of Pope Paulus Johannes II...Mont Paramont <i>(3301m)</i> from Les Combes Villages 2016Northeast Ridge by Mollette\'s Pass to Planaval Hill 2016Tour de Montmayeur in West by Grand Haury 2015Montmayeur Tower & Castle nearby Petit Haury 2015Mont Blanc South & East Faces by Les Combes 2015Museum Pope Giovanni Paolo II° into Les Combes 2016
Into the Spriritual Area by Popes of Les Combes 2015M. Maudit & M. B. de Tacul by Les Combes Village 2015M. Maudit & M. Blanc de Tacul from Les Combes 2015The village of Les Combes...Les Combes to Petit & M. Paramont with Mont Pit 2015From Les Combes towards Torre Tonda & Tignet 2015Becca di Tos Group above Les Combes from North 2016
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