This mountain is located between the Ayas Valley and the Valtournenche valley; is very easy to hike, there are some paths; is also a wonderful place to make ski mountaneering.
From the top, due is central position, there is a very wide view on all the most important summits of the Aosta Valley, Gran Paradiso Group, Monte Bianco Group, Cervino, Monte Rosa Group.
This top is exactly above Saint Vincent, and is one of the top that you can see driving along the motorway, behind the Montjovet Castle; in the top there is a very big statue of the Virgin.
Follow the motorway Torino-Aosta, exit Verres; the next indication is Val d'Ayas; after a few kilometers, turn left following the sign Antagnod (very nice church year 1497, national monument), and here follow the indication Barmasc; in Barmasc you can park; there is a Chapel year 1580, fest the 3 of August if it's Sunday, or the next Sunday.
In Barmasc, (1828m), you will find the yellow sign with the indication Monte Zerbion, 2h'15 hours.
The path is very nice, sometime steep, and crosses, after a wile, a quiite wide channel named Ru Cortod; this is the most important irrigation channel built in Aosta Valley; is 20 km long, collects the waters of a small river in the Cime Bianche deep valley, above Champoluc St. Jacques, and brings its to the col di Joux; having time, in summer or spring is very intersting to follow, with a trial of 6/7 hours, very easy.
Take care: no more water after this point.
After the small bridge, the path is in a bush of pick pines; the last part of the path, that you simply hike, brings to the Portola Pass, (2415m). Despite the 600m of level from the beginning, usually you reach the pass in a quite short time, the path from a certain point is very steep.
The view on the Ayas valley is magnificent; from the pass you see also the other face of the mountain.
Turn left, and follow the path that from this point cross the north west side of the mountain. Hiking, the view enlarges: you have in front the summits of the central Aosta Valley, and as soon as you arrive on the wide ridge, on your left and behind you, appear the whole Monte Rosa Group and the Cervino; when you arrive to the top, it seems that you can touch these mountains with your hands.
I suggest to hike this mountain in a sunny day; to loose the overview from the top is a pity!!
Red TapeNo permits or rescrictions
When To ClimbIn spring summer, it depends on the season; the final ridge with the snow can crate some problems to the persons that are used only to hike.
The best time is from June to October, despite you can reach the top even later on, if there is not jet snow.
Ski mountaneering: from the first snow to middle April, depending on the season; the way is not this one, follow the north west side, and is recommended after fresh snow, powder due to the exposition!!!
CampingIn Aosta Valley you can camp only over 2500 meters.
In Val d'Ayas there are a few Campings; one is just a few kilometers before Antagnod.
- Zerbion Ski Mountaineering, via Promiod
Simple notes and some shots from Monte Zerbion, winter dress.
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