From left: Valsavarenche, Val di Rhemes, Valgrisanche view from the top of Mont Fallere
This mountain is in the middle of the Aosta Valley, and doesn't have any other high top close to, so the view is really very wide, 360°, due to its central position. You can see the whole Monte Bianco Group, Mont Velan, Grand Combin, some swiss tops, Dent d'Herins, Cervino, the whole Monte Rosa Group, others minor mountains, and also Monte Emilius, the Gran Paradiso Group and the Ruitor Group.
Getting ThereThere is more than one possibility to climb this mountain. The easiest one is to drive to Vetan (after St. Nicolas). The deviation from the main road, north side of Aosta, direction Courmayeur, is in St. Pierre.
A few meters after the delicious village of Vetan, follow with the car a road direction Loe'. At a certain point the normal traffic is forbidden: park overthere. For the first 40 minutes, walk along the road, straight on till the Alpi Loe', 1850m, were you can find the water, in case you need. Here there is a panel with the indication: Mont Fallère, 3h'30, number 10. The lane reaches the Alpe Verjoan, 2100m, close to a small hill with a cross on the top. You can find water also here. Follow the road that brings to the highest Alps, right side, and reach the Fallère lake; after the lake there is the lane that brings you right and left till the east top; a few meters before there are some ruines of a very old refuge.
The panorama is wonderful, all around.
The 80 meters to reach the West top are not difficult, you cannot simply walk, but you must climb; it'easy, but the valley is more than 100 meters below you....
From the top you can see practically the whole 4000 of the Aosta Valley.
You can come back directly from the top, direction South, for an easy lane; you will find the others lakes, and after the second one, keep your left and join the same lane of the morning.
When To ClimbThe best period is from July to September; I went at the end of October, it depends also from the season.
In winter it is possible to make sky mountanering, usually in April, but it's better to ask information in the area; after fresh snow, please avoid.....
CampingIn Aosta Valley it's possible to camp only over 2500 meters.
Miscellaneous InfoInteresting places in the area
Calanchi close to Saint Nicolas
You will find a few informations on the area, including some hotels addresses on the site:
Comune di Saint Nicolas
and some others indication on the site:
Books and MapsBOOKS:
"Guida dei Monti d'Italia-Alpi Pennine" (Vol. I°) di Gino Buscaini-Club Alpino Italiano/Turing Club Italiano, Luglio 1971.
- "Dove si specchia il cielo - i laghi della Valle d'Aosta", di Sergio Piotti, Ed. Ferrari Luglio 1996.
- "80 itinerari di Escursionismo Alpinismo e Sci Alpinismo in Valle d'Aosta", di Osvaldo Cardellina, Ed. Musumeci, Giugno 1977 (in Italian); seconda Ed. Luglio 1981; terza Ed. Luglio 1984; (in French), prima Ed. Febbraio 1978; seconda Ed. Marzo 1980.
- Kompass "Monte Bianco Valle d'Aosta Sentieri e Rifugi" Carta turistica 1:50.000.
- Kompass "Gran Paradiso Valle d'Aosta Sentieri e Rifugi" Carta Turistica 1:50.000.
- I.G.C. Istituto Geografico Centrale Torino "Massiccio del Monte Bianco" (n°4), Torino, 1998 1:50.000.
- Studio F.M.B. "Monte Bianco-Mont Blanc", Bologna 1988 1:50.000.
- I.G.C. Istituto Geografico Centrale "Carta dei sentieri e dei rifugi" 1:25.000.
- I.G.M. Istituto Geografico Militare 1:25.000.
- REGIONE AUTONOMA VALLE D'AOSTA the official site.
- FONDAZIONE MONTAGNA SICURA Villa Cameron, località Villard de la Palud 1 Courmayeur (AO) Tel: 39 0165 897602 - Fax: 39 0165 897647.
- A.I.NE.VA. (Associazione Interregionale Neve e Valanghe).
- Protezione Civile Valdostana località Aeroporto 7/A Saint Christophe (Ao) Tel. 0165-238222.
- Bollettino Meteo (weather info) Tel. 0165-44113.
- Unità Operativa di Soccorso Sanitario Tel. 118.