This page examines the three valleys more to the west of the South Slope with respect to the Central Valley: Rhêmes, Valgrisa and La Thuile; the latter with its extreme appendix which consists in the Walloon of the Little St. Bernard. All three possess the feature off, with parallel path, from the French border to the North flowing in Baltea. For the first two, being positioned along the axis of the South/North, generally the paths relate to the Eastern and Western sides of the same; for the third or La Thuile Valley the conformation in the manner of leaf exposures allows a little in all directions, while the valley aforesaid these change again, but reversed, in the North/South also for the relative paths. For these reasons the same geographic, unlike the Valleys of Cogne, Champorcher and Valsavarenche thanks to its vast Plateau Nivolé not offer great opportunities towards the snowshoes; in fact, the paths are, in the "high" that is in the heads of the valleys, very long and somewhat exposed to the fall of snowslides, or worse, avalanches; therefore require experience and excellent knowledge of the area. Surely they are more suitable for ski-mountaineering. The "low", ie at the beginning of the valleys themselves, on the other hand she does not present great opportunities, for which reason it is definitely the best choice, especially for newbies, contact itineraries partial or reduced to the "Minimum Route" certainly safer even if less gratifying. In any case, all three are worth a visit in late winter or spring in the valleys as they offer glimpses rather interesting and not without charm. Very often these paths are to be cataloged as mixed, as they require a continuous alternation between the put and take off the snowshoes; This is due to the fact that the snow is too low or on the ground that the cross slope is quite steep. You have to have Patience, always keeping in mind the small tips given here and the ability to know give up in the event of dangerous situations due to the state of the snow or, more simply, in particularly adverse weather conditions.
IMPORTANT NOTE: this work has been split at a later time, in order to make easier the consultation and reading. In practice, the area is divided on the Gran Paradiso National Park in the strict sense (Cogne and Valsavarenche Valleys), adding the Champorcher Valley which is outside of that, and excluding the Eastern slope of the Rhêmes that instead belongs still at it. So were separated by the valleys of the Graian Alps Southeast from the more Western to La Thuile Valley preceding the Chain of Mount Blanc; the areas most "internal" (Seventy-seven Streets in Central Valleys by Snow Shoes/2) and addressed to the Valley of Baltea have been treated in another page in its own right. So we will see the opportunity to hike through this ancient and at the same time the "new tool" currently back in fashion thanks to a new technology that no longer relies on wood and rope, but on plastics and metals; this allows a great progression with almost all types of snow, thanks to a better "floating".
Questa pagina esamina le tre valli più ad Occidente del Versante Meridionale rispetto alla Valle Centrale: Rhêmes, Valgrisa e La Thuile; questa ultima con la sua appendice estrema che consiste nel Vallone del Piccolo San Bernardo. Tutte e tre possiedono la caratteristica di scendere, con percorso parallelo, dai confini con la Francia sfociando a Settentrione nella Dora Baltea. Per le prime due, essendo posizionate lungo lo asse Sud/Nord, in genere i percorsi riguardano i lati Orientale ed Occidentale delle medesime; per la terza o Valle di La Thuile la conformazione a guisa di foglia consente esposizioni un poco in tutte le direzioni, mentre per il vallone suddetto queste cambiano nuovamente, ma rovesciate, in Nord/Sud anche per i relativi percorsi. Proprio per questi motivi geografici le stesse, a differenza delle Valli di Champorcher e Cogne nonché Valsavarenche grazie al suo vasto altipiano del Nivolé, non offrono grandi opportunità nei confronti delle racchette da neve; infatti i percorsi sono, nella parte "alta" cioé nelle testate delle valli, molto lunghi ed alquanto esposti alla caduta di slavine o, peggio, valanghe; perciò richiedono esperienza ed ottima conoscenza del territorio. Sicuramente sono più indicati per lo sci-alpinismo. La parte "bassa", ovvero all'inizio delle medesime, per contro anche lei non presenta grandi opportunità, per la qual cosa risulta scelta sicuramente migliore, soprattutto per i neofiti, rivolgersi ad itinerari più parziali o ridotti alle "Minimum Route", certamente più sicure anche se meno gratificanti. In ogni caso meritano tutte e tre una visita nel tardo inverno oppure in primavera poichè le vallate offrono scorci alquanto interessanti e non privi di suggestioni. Molto spesso questi percorsi son da catalogare come misti, poiché richiedono un alternanza continua tra il mettere e togliere le racchette da neve; questo é dovuto al fatto che o la neve é troppo bassa oppure per il motivo che l'attraversamento dei pendii risulta alquanto ripido. Bisogna ostentar Pazienza, sempre tenendo bene a mente i piccoli consigli qui riportati e la capacità di sapere rinunciare in caso di situazioni di pericolosità dovuto allo stato dell'innevamento o, più semplicemente, a condizioni metereologiche particolarmente avverse.
NOTA IMPORTANTE: questo lavoro é stato sdoppiato in un successivo momento, onde renderne più agevoli la consultazione e la lettura. In pratica s'é divisa l'area concernente il Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso in senso stretto (Valli di Cogne, Valsavarenche), aggiungendovi la Valle di Champorcher che risulta al di fuori del medesimo ed escludendo il versante Orientale di quella di Rhêmes invece appartenente ancora a questo. Quindi son state separate le valli delle Alpi Graie del Sudest da quelle più Occidentali insino alla Valle di La Thuile precedente la Catena del Monte Bianco; le zone maggiormente "interne" (Settantasette Vie nella Valle Centrale tramite Racchette da Neve/2) e rivolte alla Valle della Dora Baltea sono state trattate in altra pagina a se stante. Quindi vedremo le possibilità d'effettuar escursioni tramite questo antico e nello stesso tempo "nuovo attrezzo" ritornato attualmente di moda grazie ad una nuova tecnologia basantesi non più sul legno e la corda, bensì sulla plastica ed i metalli; questa consente un'ottima progressione con quasi tutte le tipologie di neve, grazie ad un miglior "galleggiamento".
From TORINO, MILANO, etc: Motorway A5. Exit at AOSTA West (Aymaville) or Morgex Municipalities.
From IVREA Town to Villeneuve, Arvier, Pré Saint Didier Municipalities.
From Villeneuve to Rhêmes Valley
From Villeneuve(670m) to Rhêmes Valley: Introd (880m), Rhêmes Saint Georges (1171m), Notre Dame (1725m) Communes, through Regional Main Road, up to the Thumel Village(1887m) with Municipal Road and to Gian Federico Benevolo Refuge (2280m), through dirt farms road or underlying path.
From Liverogne (Arvier) to Valgrisenche
From Arvier to Liverogne Fraction (730m) and from this to Valgrisenche Valley, up to the Valgrisenche Municupality(1664m) and Mondanges, Surier, Us(s)eliéres Villages around the artificial Beauregard Dam, through Regional Road. Mario Bezzi at Vaudet and Chalet de l'Epée Refuges through paths.
From Pré Saint Didier to La Thuile & Little Saint Bernard Valleys
From Pré Saint Didier(1010m), with State Road, to La Thuile Valley: Elévaz, Balme Villages, La Thuile Commune, 1441m; from this to Little Saint Bernard Walloon towards the Little Saint Bernard Hill (2188m), through State Road. To Albert Deffeyes Refuge with muletrack from La Joux Fraction.
From FRANCE: through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Entrèves-crossroads to Vény/Ferret Valleys - Mountain Guides of Courmayeur - La Saxe Rock Gym - Courmayeur. By Little Saint Bernard Pass, closed since November until half May to La Thuile Valley - Pré Saint Didier - Courmayeur.
"This is the Road Master ... by Bonne ... / Questa é la Strada Maestra ... da Bonne..."
It is not necessary to take Motorway A5: you can drive on State Road n° 26, in the direction of AOSTA - IVREA - TURIN.
Aeroporto Internazionale "Corrado Gex" Saint Christophe (Aosta)
Rhêmes (Benevolo Refuge Zone )
"Sometimes it is tiring already come this far ... / A volte l'é dura già giunger fin qui ...",
by Mathias Zehring
Even this valley, with its hiking Basei Bousson, Galisia, Basagne, Fond, Calabre and Tsatelèina, is full of proposals aimed at downhill skiing, while snowshoeing trails are limited to areas further reduced. In any case, both towards the ski to "our" gear wheel activity exclusively in the vicinity of Refuge Mario Bezzi, just above the Alp Lavassey. If the first practice is the starting point for the second surely is the point of arrival, except for a few "impromptu" trip to the distant Hills of Basei and Bassac Déré and realative Peaks Basei, Beak of Great Traversière or to the Tsantelèina Pass; but these are intended climbs to a few people, well trained, and, in any case, to be made at the end of spring or in early summer. In these cases the transformation agrees also long stretches without tool or often using part of the same, as surely in the end of Basei where steep rocks (equipped ) preclude their use. Also true that, sometimes, there is more success to find snow in August Holiday that in the beginning of the season, but these are exceptional situations demonstrating the unpredictability of the mountain. More semplecemente to look like the best routes are close to those of Thumel Village, starting point, or in the vicinity of the refuge, complicated enough point. The climb Notre Dame to the Entrelor Hill is rather more complex than the side Valsavarenche and certainly the most suitable ski-mountaineering. However interesting are the milestones at the shelter, they constitute trips workout in the beginning of the season. All other parts aimed at the low end may offer short trips of initiation, while between St. Georges and Notre Dame you can practice ice climbing.
Rhêmes, adjacent to Valdisère (France), Valsavarenche and Valgrisenche.
It reaches from Villeneuve (670m) towards Introd (880m), Rhêmes-Saint Georges (1234m), Rhêmes-Notre Dame (1723m) Communes to Thumel old Village (1879m).
From Thumel Village to Basei Pass
1)- Basic Itinerary n° 1: from Villeneuve Municipality to alternative Valsavarenche/Rhêmes Valleys with Regional Road; from fork towards Introd, Brenloz/Tache Hamlets, Rhêmes-Saint Georges Commune, Proussaz (1445m; Holiday Farms"Le Baton 'Or" and "Le Vieux Creton" nearby Creton (1447m, 1548m) and"Edelweiss" (1600m), below Melignon, Artalle (1654m), Carré (1664m) Villages to Main tourist center Rhêmes-Notre Dame (1723m). Continue on asphalt road towards Bruil (1723m), Moulin de Chaudanne/Pellaud (+; 1811m) Villages to Thumel Villages neighbor the torrent into a grassy plaine (1879m; great dirt parking immediately before the same in altitude 1848m; signal no passage). From this, before with dirt farms road to winding road 1901 metres (various signals, panels), after through path in South and towards Saint Pantaléon (2010m; + chapel; *** fork paths to Grand Vaudala(z) Walloon) and immediately after a winding road North/South to following Barmaverain Pasture (2037m). Continue through false level route with a long diagonal in South below the waterfalls (2051m) and subsequent (2087m); crossing Roman Bridge, by dirt road also with a shortcut of path to Benevolo Refuge (2280m), above Lavassey Pasture (2227m; (F+; 3h '30/4h '15).
2)- Exceptional Via n° 1: from Refuge go before South and, crossing two stony small bridges on Rhêmes Doire, after change twice Northwest/South passing Sauches Alp (2313m) and following fork (2420m; in South path to Granta Parei/Tsantàleina Lakes); from cross instead tourning Northwest to overhanging rocky pomontory (2615m; in South Normal Route to Granta Parei). Abandoning this last, continue on small path in Southwest reaching the effluent of Goletta Loch (2698m). Doubling North the same e with route always Southwest, climb amongst moraines below South Face of Pointe Bassac Déré (keep a suitable distance due to the danger of falling rocks); reaching a zone more steep to cross towards a small trace into a serie of blocks and boulders rotten and broken. The subsequent slope should be carried out zigzagging between them (source hidden into rocks) and with a short traverse to the left to reach a small plateau, usually snowy. To cross with diagonal ascent on Southern border up to the final part under the pass; through an easy track to Bassac Déré Hill (3082m); continue South on watershed Rhêmes/Valgrisenche and, through traces on North Ridge, after two Quotas (3191m, 3158m) to Becca of Traversière (3337/8m) (D-; 4h '30/5h '15).
3)- Minimum Route n° 1: from Rhêmes Notre Dame (1723m) with Municipal Road in South to winding road 1901 metres (stony fountain) neighbor Thumel; from this to Barmaverain-Saint Pantaléon (2010m, 2037m) Alps through dirt road in West (better) also path more in East and above Rhêmes Doire (T; 1h '30/1h '45; 2h '00 on dirt road).
4)- Intermediate step n° 1: from Thumel, with three previous routes, to a first series of Waterfalls (2051m; E; 1h '45/2h '15. Note: from Alp avalanches danger; requesting the snow is transformed), just after Barmaverain Pasture.
5)- Intermediate step n° 2: from shelter through path to rocky promontory 2615 metres and following Goletta Lake (2699m), under Glacier and North Face of Granta Parei (3387m; F+; 2h '45/3h '15; same preceding remarks).
"From Tsantelèina above the Pass",
by Marco Cossard "Crevassino"
6)- Exceptional Via n° 2 (Granta Parei Tour): from refuge to fork 2420m; continue South reaching before the small Granta Parei Lake (2576m). Crossing the effluent and doubling West Truc de Tsantelèina (2640m) to rocky promontory 2706 metres before with path, after through a small trace less and less evident amongst the boulders; climbing on debris reach the point 2706 metres just above Tsantelèina Loch (2699m), below the vertical East Wall of Granta Parei. Passing over Western shore, through blocks and moraines, to reach the Tsantelèina and Sauches Glaciers. With delicate traverse on the same and bending more Southwest to Tsantelèina Pass (3154m), between Pic Goletta/Tsantelèina Summits (M+; 4h '15/4h '45). Descent: before in Northwest on Rhêmes-Golette Glacier, after in North crossing completely the Northern Golette Glaciers bending Northeast below Granta Parei West and North Faces and above Goletta Lake; reached the Standard Route of the same to the base of the Northeast Ridge, with preceding routes through traces-path, to Benevolo (see the two next B&W pictures; F; 3h '00/3h '15 from pass to refuge. *** Special footnote: all the aforesaid crossing glaciers requires extreme caution, especially so for those to be carried down; this tour is not open to all and requires experience and knowledge of glaciers to a certain level; also sometimes, it is not practicable due to the state of the glaciers; in this situation is preferable return with same via.
"From Tsantelèina Pass to Goletta Lake Route",
by Marco Cossard "Crevassino"
7)- Intermediate step n° 3: from shelter to point 2756 metres just over the Northeastern emissary of Goletta Lake; from this to Bassac Déré Pass (3082m), between Becca of Traversière/Bassac Déré (3353m) Summits (M+; 4 '00/4h '30. Remark: this path can be considered a variant of the previous shortened route; typically is the busiest via).
8)- Variant n° 1: from Thumel, leaving South the path to Shelter, crossing small wooden bridge on Dora Rhêmes (splendid canyon) and through a subsequent footbridge, through small path neighbor a series of waterfalls, to overcome the first ramp into forest; after a very narrow gorge and getting closer and closer Vaudaletta Torrent reach an alternative (2500m; in East to homonym walloon to Leynir Hill 3084m, below Taou Blanc 3438m) nearby Vaudaletta(z) Alp (2443m) and under the Forest Rangers P.N.G.P. Cabin (private; 2480m); F+; 3h '00/3h '15).
9)- Variant n° 2: from fork just before Saint Pantaléon Alps (about 2005 metres), crossing twice on small bridges up Dora Rhêmes and Vaudala Torrent, through path zigzagging in Southeast on Vaudala Walloon to Grand Vaudala Alp (+; 2338m) at the entrance upper part of walloon (in East-southeast path along the torrent and following walloon to Rosset Hill 3023m, between Leynir 3230m/Rosset 3100m Summits; E; 2h '50/3h '10 from Thumel).
"In the final part is best to remove snowshoes",
10)- Exceptional Via n° 3: from refuge through path in South-southeast and towards Basei Desot and Damon Pastures (2309m, 2412m), crossing various small walloons, to promontory 2429 metres over the sources of Doire; bending more Southeast and crossing two secondaries torrent below Gran Croux (2720m), with diagonal route amongst other height torrents and brooks reach the altitude 2707 metres. From this, decisively East-southeast route above Northern flank of Lavassey Glacier, to fork around 3020/30 metres under the two passes; in Northeast through path to 1)- Nivoletta(z) Pass (3130m). In Southeast through not always too obvious traces and very rotten blocks to 2)- Basei Hill (3176m); from this through North Crest (better to remove snowshoes), crossing the Quota 3196 metres, to terminal part. Doubling left (Est) and overcoming a small wall (exposed and equipped passage) towards final part of ridge to Basei (+ great Cross; 3338m; D+; 4h '30/5h '15 from refuge; F; 8h '00/8h '15 from Thumel).
11)- Exceptional Via n° 4 and Variant n° 3: from Basei Pass to 1)-, with traverse on watershed Rhêmes/Nivolé Tableland, to Nivoletta Pass and neighbor Southern, Northern Summits (3163m, 3209m; M+; 1h '00/1h '15). Variant n° 3: also from fork around 3020/30 metres through semicircular route Northeast/Southeast to pass and subsequent preceding route on enough easy South-southwest Crest. Possibility, good conditions, combine the pathways, but keep in mind that the hike is already very long for one of the two peaks: high degree of training required.