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Monte Emilius

Monte Emilius

Monte Emilius

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Alpi Graie, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.67896°N / 7.38470°E

Object Title: Monte Emilius

Elevation: 11676 ft / 3559 m


Page By: Antonio Giani

Created/Edited: Apr 23, 2001 / Sep 5, 2014

Object ID: 150361

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During the month of August many people climb Mount Emilius, but not in the other periods, in which there are few people and a great quiet! From the peak it is possible to admire a beautiful view. The Normal route is quite easy, without technical passages, but it's necessary experience to climb the last part on the ridge.
Emilius is situated at south of Aosta, the main city of the region. From this city turn to south and reach "Pila" (2000 meters-reachable by car, bus or cable car) where you can take a telpherage that bring you until 2300 meters of altitude. You follow the signals to "Chamolè lake" and then through a mountain pass at about 2640 meters of altitude you arrive to Rif. Alpe Arbole, at 2510 meters, very confortable and where it's possible to sleep. The day after, you walk on the left of the "Arbole lake" and on a path you arrive to the feet of the mountain. At the cross-path with "Col d'Arbole" near a small lake you turn right and go up on a moraine that leads to the ridge (called "crest du Capucins"). When you arrive to the ridge turn left and look the signals (!!) for don't loose the way (6 hours from Pila-4 hours from refuge Alpe Arbole).

Getting There

Moving the cursor one can see the overall scene

By car
Highway A5 Torino-Aosta (99 km). Exit Aosta Est, then follow the regional road in the direction Pollein-Charvensod-Pila.
From abroad: Via the Great St Bernard tunnel, then on State Highway SS 27 to Aosta or via the Mont Blanc Tunnel, then on State Highway SS 26 to Aosta. From Aosta, follow the signs to Gressan-Pila.

By train
From Turin or Milan to Aosta via Chivasso. The cable car to Pila is joined to the station by a short pedestrian subway.

By bus
The regular Turin-Aosta and Milan-Aosta Highway coach services are joined in the winter by the "Freccia delle nevi" service from Bergamo, Milan and Genoa (Monday to Friday). Then by bus or telepherage from Aosta to Pila. Look here the Timetable.

Red Tape

You can leave your car in the free parking area near the telpherage in Pila or reaching this village by bus or telpherage from Aosta. No permit is required.
These suggestions are good if you want to climb Emilius taking it easiest possible.
As Chamolè telepherique stops at 17 or 17:30 in high season (take a look for schedule time at www.pila.it) I think it is good to optimize your two days this way.
First day. Once arrived in Chamolè, walk the steep path to Chamolè Pass e get down to Arbole plan, 150 mt down.
Light your rucksac at Refuge and climb Emilius. You'll have good chance to arrive at summit and back to the Refuge without rush.
Have a good dinner, Refuge Arbole is one of best gourmet refuge in VdA (this is not essential, but helps!).
Next day, walk back to Chamolè Col and, before arriving on it, turn left for Punta Valletta. There is a long path traced on the large ridge. In 1h and 30 mins you'll get your second edge in two days. You'll have all the time required to arrive at Chamolè telepherique before last run. If you need more infos: beppebusso@libero.it
Climbing Emilius in a day and get back to Chamolè for 17-17:30 need a great effort and, for sure, no time for the spectacular view on the summit (in the morning the earliest you get in Chamolè is 9:00 ...).
If you have only one day and you don't want to hike to Chamolè Col (this means that you surely miss the date with time closure in Chamolè teleph.), you can follow path n. 16 very close to Arbole Refuge (100 mt. W from shelter). Once a very steep descente in a gully has ended, you'll reach Comboè plan. Cross this beautiful plan and walk toward Col de Plan Fenetre.
Once pass the col, there are two possibilities: continue half way a path that returns you in Chamolè zone (not just at the arrive of telepherique, but half a way), or go down to San Grato, a nice and tiny church. A two kms unpaved road bring you back to Chamole teleph. departure.

Mountain Conditions

The best season to climb Mount Emilius is between July and August. In this period it is not necessary to bring with you the alpinism-equipment. But in other periods it's possible to find ice on the ridge before the peak that would be dangerous for your ascent (necessary crampons).

Pila Infoline:

Tel. +39 0165 521148
+39 0165 521045
Fax +39 0165 521437

Mail: info@pila.it

Climbing Mount Emilius, some year ago...

Refuge Alpe Arbole

Telephone: +39-335-6844703 and 0165-34423.

Open from June to September.
In spring-time, for ski-moutaneering, open on demand.

Places when open: 66
Winter hut: 18 places

Lago Gelato 3019m
Vallone di Comboé 2100m
Col Garin 2815m

Bivacco Grauson 2540m
Bivacco Federigo 2897m
Bivacco Menabreaz 2546m

Monte Emilius 3559m
P.ta Garin 3448m
P.ta Rossa 3401m


This area was neglected by the "Gran Paradiso" CAI/TCI guidebook. Nevertheless, two titles might be useful :

For climbers (Emilius area, excluding Tersiva):

Osvaldo Cardellina - "Guida del Monte Emilius"
Ed. O. Cardellina - Aoste - 1978

For hikers (some easy climbs included):

Luca Zavatta - "I monti di Aosta - Cogne, l'Avic e Champorcher "
Ed. Guida dell' Escursionista - 2001

Thanks to Claude for this section!

External Links

  • More about Emilius
    Another description with 40 shots, 6 panoramas and a "handmade" map, about Emilius.
  • Pila web-site
    Pila, the famous winter station, has an active life even in summertime. In this link, you'll able to find time schedule for Chamolè Chair Lift.