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Normale, E ridge

Normale, E ridge

Normale, E ridge

Page Type: Route

Location: Val d'Aosta / Valais, Italy/Switzerland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.91530°N / 7.34410°E

Object Title: Normale, E ridge

Route Type: Hike / Basic Snow

Time Required: A long day

Difficulty: EE

Route Quality: 
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Page By: buxlex

Created/Edited: May 12, 2004 / May 17, 2004

Object ID: 160962

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Glassier village, Ollomont. See "Getting there" section in main page for further details.

Route Description

Step 1) From Glassier, 1.549 m. osl, follow great trail marked 3/4/5. Before arriving at By dike (1.960m. 1h00m), take right path no. 5, running parallel below the unpaved road. Step by step, footpath joins with unpaved road, at Balme alp (2.321 m. - 1h30min). Get to Lombardi and Thoules alp, still on unpaved road, where ends (2.378 m. - 2h15min.).
Move on in north direction, for Fenetre Durand (2.797 m. 3h45min).

Step 2) At Fenetre Durand, begins the confortable and "medium steep" E ridge, on slippery tiny stones. As summit is reached (3.347 m. - 5h30min) take care to pull the breaks ... north wall is straight on Mont Durand Glacier. Enjoy one of the most beautiful sightseen of northern Aosta Valley.

Remarks: could be useful to break in two days this long ascent. In Alpe Lombardi there is an unmarked trail crossing "Conca dell'Acqua Bianca" meadows. This footpath lead to Bivacco Regondi/Gavazzi (2.590 m.) in about 1h. An alternative route for Bivacco Regondi/Gavazzi could be found at Mont Gele page.

Hikers coming from Chanrion Hut
Following trail marked as "TDC" (Tour du Combin), Fenetre Durand is reachable in more than a couple of hours (estimate time: I've never been there from Switzerland). "Step 2" section is in common with Italian route.

Essential Gear

Alpin clothes and boots.

Miscellaneous Info

If you have information about this route that doesn't pertain to any of the other sections, please add it here.


From Mont Avril summit....Fenetre Durand, Swiss side....Magic Valais! La Ruinette,...Fenetre Durand (2.797 m.),...Balme Alp (2.128 m.), where...Alpe "Les Lombards" 2.321 m....Half way from alp "Les...
Left to right: Mont Avril,...Half way from Fenetre Durand...Sightseen on Conca di By.<br />
 In...Regular slope, leaving...Fenetre Durand