The Quintino Sella hut is one of the main huts on the Italian side of Monte Rosa. It is build on a plateau below the Felik Pass and is the perfect starting point for the ascents to Castore and Lyskamm.
The new hut with 142 beds, restaurant service and toilets is open with a keeper from 15/04 to 05/05 and from 20/06 to 15/09. The winter hut with 26 beds and an emergency telephone is always open.
Owner: Italian Alpine Club (CAI) section of Biella – Via P.Micca, 13, 13900 Biella - Italy.
Keeper: Adriano and Alfredo Favre, St. Jacques, Ayas (Aosta)
Refuge Contacts: +39 0125 366113 / Mob. +39 348 8107793
Price list 2014 (EURO):
CAI members or
|Bed par night||14,00||26,00|
|Mineral Water (1,5 l.)||3,00||3,30|
|Tea (1/3 l.)||2,00||2,50|
From Bettaforca Pass (2672m) 3h'30 - 4h'00 - Diff. EE
At the cableway arrival station proceed to the right along the path number 9, indicated by yellow painted sign points.
The path crosses on the right (orographical left) of Punta Bettolina and proceed well evident. Than it re-joins firstly the path that goes up directly from Staffal and later on the left (ascending) the path coming from Val d’Ayas – Bettolina Pass. Then the path traverse on the right through a stony deposit and becomes a little bit steeper reaching the final ridge (from
the beginning of the season until the end of July this part is usually covered with snow).
From motorway A5 exit Pont Saint Martin (345m) follow indications for SS44 toward Gressoney-La-Trinite (1624m) and proceed up to the Village Staffal (1823m) where the road ends. Car parking (Free and Pay parking) at the cableways stations.
Bettaforca Pass (2672m) can be reached by foot, ascending directly from Staffal, but usually is reached by cableways or Taxi service when they are closed.
Cableways: Funivie Monte Rosa Gressoney-La-Trinite (www.monterosa-ski.com)Off road vehicle transport (Taxi Service): from Champoluc -Ayas (www.lacarrozza.com, Mob. Phone +39 335 6626748), from Gressoney (Mr. Peccoz Mob. Phone +39 345 1181536).
The first hut was opened in 1885 and dedicated to Senator Quintino Sella, founder of the Italian Alpine Club.
It was rebuild and moved at a slightly higher altitude in 1907 and enlarged in 1924. In 1936 after a huge landslide on the Ayas valley side, the hut was moved to a safe location.
Works on the construction of the new hut began in 1980 and the new refuge was opened on August 29, 1981. The old one now is used as winter hut.In 1993 the refuge was further expanded and one year later equipped with solar panels, that provides energy for most of the refuge needs. Now it is a modern and functional structure with a capacity of 140 beds.
The ascents to:
Castore (4226m), Punta Perazzi (3906m), Lyskamm Occidentale (4481m), Lyskamm Orientale (4527m), Naso del Lyskamm (4272 m).Or base into the Monte Rosa Tour.
You can get whether forecast at this site:
www.regione.vda.it official site of the Regione Valle d’Aosta
Fondazione Montagna Sicura www.fondazionemontagnasicura.org
Avalanche Bulletin: www.aineva.it
Funivie Monte Rosa (Gressoney-La-Trinite): www.monterosa-ski.com