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Menouve Valley

Menouve Valley

Menouve Valley

Page Type: Route

Location: Italy/Switzerland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.88990°N / 7.25110°E

Object Title: Menouve Valley

Route Type: 40° slopes

Time Required: A long day

Difficulty: Ski mountaneering: OSA (difficult, good experience required)

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Created/Edited: Jun 12, 2004 / Jun 15, 2004

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Mon Velan seen from Monte Paglietta: Menouve Valley and the route to the top (Sergio Enrico picture)

From Aosta town, take the road that brings to the Gran San Bernardo Pass, after Etroubles turn right and drive a small road till Prailles Dessus; leave here the car.

Route Description

From Prailles, follow the farm road that enters in the Menouve Valley, till it's end. Pass close to the Menouve farm, the Arvas farm, m. 1983, and arrive to the Moline mountains, m. 2424. From here, go straight on to the big corridor below the Colle Faceballa. Climb this corridor, very steep, till a point were the steepness decrease. Go left, till the Velan Glacier shell, and climb the last steep ramp that brings to the ice cup.
Walks along the small rocks till the top.

Essential Gear

Normal high mountain equipment: rope, axe, crampons
Take care: long and very steep route; take information about the snow conditions before.

Miscellaneous Info

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