In order to deploy clockwise from Ayas Valley to Testa of Comagna & Appendages
In Verrès, Challant Saint Victor & Anselme, Brusson, Ayas, Champoluc, Arnad, Bard & Donnas Municipalities
Ayas Valley & surroundings
Brusson-Joux Basin: from Verrès (391m) to Val d'Ayas with Regional Road towards Challand Saint Victor, Challand(t) Saint Anselme (1030m), Brusson (1338m) Municipalities; from Brusson-La Pilaz (1292m) in West through Regional Road to Praz de la Brengaz (1505m), Bois de Joux (1522m) Pastures, Napoleonic Fountain, Joux Hill (+; 1639m). Descent to Emarese/Saint Vincent Communes, always through in asphalt road. Also ascent with path n° 1 to 1)- Hill, between Mount de Fremies/Tete de Comagne; from this in South with path n° 1B to Tete de Comagne (+; 2105m).
Ayas Comba: from Brusson continue on Regional Road to Vollon, Extrepierre (1389m) Hamlets, up to the alternative near Corbet Village (1510m); turn left and through Municipal Road to Praz Charbon, Chavette (1532m), Lignod (1615m), Antagnod (1684m)-Ayas Commune (1721m). From this in Southwest with path n° 2/105 to Barmasc (+; 1898m; parking near a restaurent) and, amogst Arpeillaz/Borbey/Tantané Woods, Portola Hill (2414m); in South, same path on North Crest, to Mount Zerbion. In North with path n° 9, crossing or doubling various small elevations, to Mount Tantané (+; 2734m). From Barmasc in North-northwest with path n° 2A to Pillonet Hill (2698m), above the mines in altitude 2363, 2319 metres.
Na(n)na(z) Eastern Comba: from Ayas in North to Bejou (1716m), Mandriou (1849m; signal no transit) Villages; in Northwest, path n° 3/3A, to Vascotchaz (+; 2251m), Plan Péra (2322m) Pastures. In North-northwest, path n° 3A, to 1)- Bec de Nana (3003m), through Southeast Slope; in North, path n° 3, to 2)- Vascotchaz Pass (2568m) and, crossing to Northwest, to Nanna(z) Hill (2772m). Descent to 3)- Chamois Comba.
Tournalin Walloon: from Brusson to Champoluc (1559m) and from this to Saint-Jaques (1697m), through Regional Road; from following alternative in Southwest with path n° 4/4A/Haute Route numer 1 to Croués (1870m), Nannaz Dèsot (2049m), Tournalin Dèsot (2278m) an Damon (2535m), near Grand Tournalin Refuge (2544m). With hemi circular tour, path n° 4A/Haute Route to 1)- Nannaz Hill; 2)- Becca Trécare. From fork just below the hill, in North and path n° 3D to 3)- Petit Tournalin (+; 3207m), through South Slope and Crest; from refuge in Northeast/northwest to 4)- Cross Hill (2800m) and, passing over Lake Verde (2721m), to 5)- small saddle 3288 metres, Mount Roisetta (3312m), through Southeast Slope.
Aventine Comba: from Saint-Jaques-Blanchard (1721m) in Northwest with path n° 8E/5A, along Cortot Torrent, to Lake de Rollin (2823m) and various Adventine Lochs (Grand Lake 2809m, Loch de la Pointe de Rollin 2910m), amongst Gran Sometta/Northern Hill of Cime Bianche/Plateau Rosa Pass/Pointe de Rollin. From Lake de Rollin in Northwest with path n° 6B to Southern Cime Bianche Hill and with path n° 20 to Northern (2982m).
Rollin Comba: from Saint-Jaques-Armaz (1730m) in North with path n° 7/8 to Fièry (+; 1875m); from this with path n° 6/GSW (Great Path Walser)/TMR (Tour du Mount Rosa) to Vardaz (2337m), Mase (2403m) Pastures. Continue along the torrent up to the fork about 2550 metres among various ponds and, turning right, with unnumbered path to Città di Mariano Bivouac (2844m), sited on rocky promontory below two glaciers.
Variant: from Fièry Alpage, path n° 6/6C, to Aventine (2182m), fork immediately before Vardaz, Céré (2533m) Pastures, Città di Mariano Bivouac.
Grand Lac-Tzère Walloon: from from Fièry Alp in Northeatst, path n° 7/8, to Beau Bois Pastures (1897m), fork 2023 metres; from this in North, path 8E/TMR to Plan de Céré Alp (2178m). Continue North-northwest path n° 6C to 1)- fork 2340 metres, below Verdaz Alp (2337m), Céré High Alp (2533m), Bivouac Città di Mariano; in North pathless with traces along Céré Torrent and through moraines to 2)- Céré small Loch (2488m) and in Northeast to Grand Lac (2860m), under Tzere Glacier. From this in West, unnumbered path, to 3)- Bivouac Mariano; in East through moraine and blocks to 4)- Mount de Véraz or Rocca di Verra (3137m), standard via (various difficult rocky routes in East above Lac Bleu in Verra Tableland).
Véraz or Verra Walloon: from St.-Jaques continue short time on Regional Road to triple cross nearby Blanchard Village (1721m); from this in Northeast through Municipal to Moléraz (1858m), Revay (1948m; connection with Beau Bois), and with dirt road-path n° TMR to Véraz Tableland, Lake Bleu (2211m; beautiful walking). From loch, path n° 7/8 (from Beau Bois) turning briefly East to Véraz Torrent, after in North to alternative path n°7-dirt road (from Plan de Véraz), to fork 2553 metres; continue North to Ottorino Mezzalama (3009m), Guides of Val d'Ayas (3394m) Refuges, below Rossi-Volante Bivouac (3750m) on connection two Véraz Grand Glaciers, under East Breithorn/Roccia Nera or Schwarzruken.
Bettolina Walloon: from dirt road near Véreaz Alp (2394m), or fork 2553 metres, path n° 7A, in East-southeast, path n° 8, to 1)- Passo Superiore della Bettolina or Obre Betlinòfòrkò (3058m); from this in North, path n° 9, to 2)- Quintino Sella two Refuges (3602m), above Felekgletscher.
Resy-Fourcare Walloons: from St.-Jaques in Northeast, path n° 9, to Guide Frachey/G.B. Ferraro Refuges nearby Resy Alp (2086m); from these before in East with path n° 9/TMR to fork 2155 metres, nearby Fourcare Dèsot (Lower) Pasture. In North, path n° 8C/8D, to 1)- Palon de Resy (+; 2673m); in North-northeast, path n° 8D, to 2)- Résy Lochs (2576m, the upper). From Fourcare in East-southeast through dirt road to Fourcare Damon (Upper; 2333m) or directly in East path n° 9/TMR to 3)- Bettaforca Hill or Battfòrkò (2672m). Descent to 4)- Staffal, Gressoney Valley.
Saint-Jaques-Charchèrioz-Sarezza Basin: from Regional Road fork 1601 metres in East, path n° 10, to Soussun (1958m) near pasture; in South, path n° 13B/GSW/Haute Route number 1 to Crest Forné Alp (2025m; near the arrival of Cablecar from Champoluc to Vieux Crest Refuge, 1952m); changing completely direction in North-northeast to 1)- Belvedere Refuge (2303m), near Saler Damon Alp. From refuge in Northeast, path n° 10A to 2)- Continery Alp (2277m), above Lac de Saler Damon (2216m) and with path n° 10/TMR Rothorn Pass or Salerfòrkò (2687m); Southeast, pathless and through moraines to base 2410 metres of 3)- Mount Sarezza (2820m; short but good rocky via on West-northwest Edge). Also from fork around 2440 metres in South, unnumbered path, to 3)- Sarezza Hill (2704m), at the base of Testa Grigia or Grauhaup (3314/5m).
Cun-Pinter-Testa Grigia Comba or Cuneaz Walloon: from Vieux Crest Refuge in Southeast, path n° 11A/11B/GSW/ to Fontaney (1976m), Cunéaz (+; 2062m) Alpages, Plan de Gony to 1)- Pinter Hill or Péntecoll (2776m); from fork just below the pass in South, unnumbered path, to 2)- three Pinter Lakes (2689m, the Upper), Perrin Loch (2633m), all between Mascognaz Pass or Mascognacoll (2861m)/Perrin Hill (2649m).
Mascognaz Walloon: from Champoluc (1559m) in Southeast with path n° 14C/14/105 to Mascognaz (+; 1810m), Vieille (1958m), Chavanne (2016m), Pra Sec (2152m), Palud (2274m) Pastures to 1)- Palasina(z) Hill (2661m); from Palud in Northeast, path n°14A along Perrin Torrent, to 2)- Perrin Lake. In East, through moraines along Mascognaz Torrent, to 3)- Southwest Crest of Corno Vitello or Chalberhòre (3057m) and from a his great shoulder easily to Summit, through path n° 5B. From hill in West to 4)- Corno Bussola (+; 3023m), through easy but long East Crest.
Brenguez or Bringhen Walloon: A from Brusson-Pilaz (1388m) briefly in East through Regional Road up to the "Ponte Antico" near "Ponte delle Fate" (Ancient Bridge nearby Hole of the Fairies; 1436m, 1524m); from fork 1493 metres, leaving East the path n° 4, continue North with n° 3 to Brenguez (1988m), Chavannes (1997m; source) Pastures and along the torrent to 1)- Lac de Brenguez or Bringhen (2529m); from this in Southwest to 2)- Pointe Palon (2733m), pathless, and easy traverse on crest to Pointe Gua (2776m). From lake in North, path n° 3, to 3)- Brenguez Pass (2661m) with crossing in descent and connection with Palasinaz various Lochs (especially Lakes of the Battle, Pocia and Long).
Palasina(z) Comba: B from "Fairies Hole" in Northeast, path n° 4, to Mandaz (1564m), Raccard (1784m), Alp of Waterfall (1912m), Lavassey (1996m) Quiappa Pastures (2245m; connection-path n° 4A to Brenguez Walloon). From fork 2141 metres, before Quiappa Alp, in Northeast, path n° 4. to Merendioux (2283m), Chavannes (2347m; cross with dirt road from Estoul to Lake Litteran 2209m or from Brusson parking), Palasinaz (2402m) Pastures; from this in West, path n° 3B/105, to 1)- Lac de la Bataille (2484m), Brenguez Pass, Southern Slope. From lake in Northwest, path 3C/105, to 2)- Lac de la Pocia (2518m), Boussola(z) Pass (2807m), Corno Bussola (+; 3023m), through easy Southeast Crest and Slope (a short initial passage equipped). From "Battle Lake" in North, path n° 4, to 3)- Lakes Vert and du Couloir (2607m), Palasina(z) Hill; descent to Mascognaz Walloon. From Palasinaz Alp in North, path n° 5/105 to fork 2401 metres; from this in Northeast, unnumbered path, to 4)- three Lacs di Freide (2544m, 2575m, 2589m), small saddle (2778m) to Corno Vitello. Also from upper lake in East, pathless and through moraines to 5)- Valfredda Hill or Freidecoll (2807m); from fork 2401 in East, path n° 5/105 to 6)- Refuge Arp (2446m; even dirt road-path n° 5/5F concomitant from Litteran Lake or Estoul parking). From refuge in East, path n° 5/105, traverse to 7)- Valnera Hill or Valdònierfòrkò (2676m), below Punta di Valnera (+; 2754m). Descent to 8)- Valdònier Alps, Valdònier d'Obra (2296m) and d'Ondra (1894m), Spéssié, St. Jean in Gressoney Valley.
Estoul Basin: from Brusson in East through Regional Road to Estoul Hamlet and small Resort (+; 1814/18m; large parking). From parking after Estoul (about 1860 metres) in Northwest with path n° 5/6 to 1)- Fontaine (1903m), Chanlochère (2012m), Chavanne (2107m) Pastures and in North to Litteran Lake, below Mount Palon (2594m); from this, unnumbered path in Northeast, easily 2)- to Summit. From fork before Chanlonchère, in Northeast path n° 6A/6B to 3)- Estoul/Chamen Lochs (2434m, 2451m); from lakes in North path n° 6A to 4)- Punta di Valnera or Valdòrnierhòre (2754m), through Souheast Slope. In Est, path n° 6B, to 5)- Bocchetta d'Eclou (2522m); from this in Northwest, path n° 4, to 6)- Punta di Valnera, on Southwest Crest. From parking in East,dirt farm road-path n° 7, to 7)- Murassaz (1845m), Praz Barmasse Dèsot (1928m; signal no transit); continue through dirt to Fenetre Alp (2083m), Ranzola Hill or Arescoll (2171m). Descent to Saint Jean, Kégnetsch in Gressoney Valley. From pass in North-northwest to 8)- three Mount Ciosé or Stallerhòre (2647m, the highest), through traces on exposed South-southeast Ridge; in South, path n° 7A to 9)- Punta Regina (2387m) or by 9A to 10)- Pointe Garda (2232m). Descent in South to 11)- Frudiera Walloon.
Graines-Frudière Walloon: from Challand St. Anselme-Quinçod (1030m) to Arcesaz Village (1132m); in East with Municipal Road to Curien Village (1245m), under the splendid Graines Castle (stone tower; 1313m). Doubling below Northeast to Graines Village (1396; signal no transit). From Graines through hemicircular route with dirt farm road-path n°9 to 1)- Ponteille (1553m), Charbonnière (1613m), Collet (1652m), Restol (1682m), Rovetta (1777m), Champ Charlec (1766m), Frudière (1849m), Pichiou (1902m), Chatelet (2027m), Lac (2060m), first great Frudiera Loch (2035m), second (2230m), Frudiera Pass (2265m), between Mount Taf/Marienhorn. Descent in Gressoney Valley dangerous and closed. From Frudièrecoll in North, path n° 1A, to 2)- small saddle 2416 metres; descent to Weissmatten (2043m), Baite di David (1781m), Andro-Stadla (1758m) and, through Municipal Road, to Gressoney. Or from Baite David, path n° 2, to Tschalvrinò (1660m), Barontsch Tschalvrinò (1643m), Ronkefeeld (1566m), Roncké (1433m) Pastures, near Savoia Castle (1438m). From Garda Alp (2072m) in Northeast, path n° 9A, to 3)- Arescoll; in Northeast, path n° 9B, to 4)- Garda Hill. From this last in South, path n° 1B, to 5)- Mount Taille (+; 2512m), Mount Rena or Wisomattòspétz (2514m); from Frudière Pass in Southeast, without path, to 5)- Corno Maria or Marienhorn (2767m), through moraines in a very narrow walloon and South-southwest Crest.
Moula small Walloon: from State Road near Challand-Saint Anselme to Allesaz Village (1120m), through Municipal Road; from this before in South, path n° 5), to Raala (1653m) Pasture, after changing in North to 1)- Moula Alp (1885m) and, always North, Cleve di Moula Hill (2241m). Also from a fork around 1940/50 metres in East, pathless, to 2)- La Forchetta Pass (2207m). The both with descent to 3)- Middle Frudière Walloon.
Challand-Chasten Walloon: from Tilly (954m), Regional Road just before St. Anselme, in East-northeast, path n° 2, to Corvera, Leuria (1575m), Chavanisse (1403m) Pastures; Variant: from Challand-St. Anselme to Tollegnaz Village (1134m) through Regional/Municipal roads; from this in East with dirt road to Chavanisse. Continue, same direction-path, to Grun (1501m), Seuc (1564m), Gias (1709m), Pra Baluard (1712m), la Sort (1984m), Pera Piccola (2242m) Pastures to 1)-Chasten Pass (2549m). From Pera in Northeast, pathless, to 2)- Mount Nery (3075m) on Southwest Slope.
Isollaz-Dondeuil Walloon: from Villa, just before Challand St. Victor (Villa Pond, Challant Castle 885m), to Isollaz Hamlet (660m) from this 1)- before in North to Valfreche Pasture and after in Southeast to Dondeuil (1817m) and Tramont de Dondeuil Alps (about 1880/90 metres), through dirt farms road/VA; also in East, path n° VA to 2)- Ollion (1168m), Vadebrie, Fontaney (1422m), and with preceding route to Chalex, two Dondeuil Alpages, Dondeuil Hill (2338m). Descent, path n° 1/VA, to 3)- Munes (+; 2008m), Mongiovetta, Vieukle, Lamatta, Santa Margherita Alps, Issime Municipality (953m) in Gressoney Valley. From hill, both pathless, in North to 4)- Becca Torché (3016m), small path, traces, blocks in final part (a passage, just after the hill, easy but exposed); in South to 5)- Corno del Lago or Peak of Allemands (2747m), through traces on small rocks.
Verrès-Arnad-Aquila Basin: from Verrès (391m; beautiful ancient Castle 517m) through Munipal Road to Rovarey Hamlet (+; 1614m), Riorta Pasture to dirt road fork 1750/60 metres about; in East-southeast, unnumbered path, to 1)- Pianet (1162m), Seura (1547m) Pastures. Traverse in East on watershed to 2)- Cima Graulà or Granlà (1907m), Chizzagne Alp (1899m), Quota 2106 metres, Champoussin Alp (2192m), Monte dell'Aquila (2580m). From fork in Southeast with dirt road to 3)- Vert Hill (1406m). Variants: from Barme (373m) in Northwest, unnumbered path, to 4)- Palachlou (548m), Echavy (760m), Champ (913m), Monteyas (1058m), Collombar (1218m), Champbresson (1245m) Alpages, Vert Hill; from Arnad (361m) in North-northwest, unnumbered path, to 5)- Champconte, Anviey (922m), Ansermy (994m), Montagne Verdojen (1234m) Villages, Fornelle (1282m) Alp, Vert Hill. From hill in North to 6)- Prattse (1460m; neaby the Mines), Seura Alp, Cima Graulà, with previous route to Monte dell'Aquila.
Arnad le Vieux-Pré-Aquila Walloon or Valeille de Prapenus: from Arnad le Vieux-Ville with Municipal Road to Castello (Castle; 634m), Ruvere, Bonavessy (670m), Vacheres, Prè (630m) Villages; from this to 1)- Mulino Bioley, Lenghiessi, Reille Inferiore (Lower; 1248m), Superiore (Upper; 1437m), through unnumbered path. In North, pathless between two torrents into forest, to 2)- Monte dell'Aquila, with steep route in terminal part from altitude 1750 metres about to Summit (inadvisable). Also 3)- departure from Vacheres (about 870 metres) directly in North, unnumbered path.
Machaby-EchallogneCrabun-Pietre Bianche Walloon: from the first winding road after Vacheres through unnumbered path to Barma (1009m), la Revire (1065m), Echallogne-Santa Anna (+; 1331m) les Barmes (1415m), Arla (1582m) small Villages; from this, into a small and narrow walloon, to 1)- Barma Fredda (1754m), Fossi, Possine (1983m), Blanzetta (2131m), Chiva Pass (2418m). From Chiva Pass through Northeast Crest briefly to 2)- Monte dell'Aquila. Also from Fossi (about 1850 metres) in East, crossing the torrent, to 3)- Mont de l'Arche Alp (2351m), Arche Pass (2413m).
Machaby-Coudrey-Finestra Walloon: from Machaby Village (724m; +; Sanctuary 696m), between Arnad/Bard Communes, in East with path to Arbenazzi (938m), Coudrey (1298m), la Cou (1374m), nearby Shelter Cap. Muttoni (ruins), Fenetra or Finestra Hill (1671m). Variant: with departure from Bard Municipality (381m) in North to Albard di Bard (650m), Ciusal (845m), Bossou, Verale (1215m), Laffumas (1270m) to la Cou.
Bard-Donnas-Corma Comba: from Bard in Northeast with Municipal Road to Albard di Donnas (613m), Moscarola; from immediately under this, with dirt road, to Piot (765m) on Salassians Route, nearby Corma Machaby (798m) and Rocca Sufreid (about 1400 metres; various climbing routes below the Croix Corma, 1958m). The same is also accessible from the valley floor in the stretch of Highway that links the Municipalities of Pont Saint Martin, Donnas and Bard. This rock band encircles the base the Croix Corma Southeast Slope, above Pont St. Martin, from its end to West.