VALLEYS & WALLOONS
In order to deploy clockwise from Dèche Walloon to Northern Aver-Longhede-Ander Basin
"Old Valchourda Alpage",
by Marco Cossard"
Dèche Comba: from Trois Villes-Fonteil (1423m; signal no transit) through farm dirt road, concomitant with path n° 3/4/5 in North to Nouva (1733m), Brunier (1761m), Clavel (1994m), La Seyvaz (2184m), with path n°3/4 Valchourda (2392m) Pastures; from this last in West-northwest with path n° 3/105 to 1)-
Saint Barthélemy Hill (2639m). In Southeast with path n° 4/105 to 2)-
Léchy Hill (2585m); from this in South on easy ridge, path n° 4, to 3)-
Mount Grand Pays (2724m; ski-mountaineering or snowshoes). From La Seyvaz in Southeast with path n° 5 to 4)-
Collet Pass (2500m) and in South with n° 5 up to the North Shoulder, after through steep and rotten rocks, to 5)-
Becca d'Ave(u)ille (2623m). From fork 2100 metres around before La Seyvaz in Southwest with unnumbered path to 6)-
to Cornet Hill (2280m); descent on Senevé Comba
. From Brunier before in South, after in Northwest with path n° 2 to 7)-
Croix de Fana (2211m). Variant:
from Fonteil or from Trois Villes directly in North to junction with path n° 2 in altitude 1570/80 metres around and through East-southeast Crest, towards the forest, to Summit.
Faroma small Valley:
from Nus Commune through the Regional Road to Marsan (699m), Petit Fénis (939m), Blavy (1056m), Val Dessous and Dessus (1268m), Les Fabriques (1411m), Issologne (1514m), Lignan (1633m; parking; Observatry Astronomical), Clémensod (1665m) Villages; from this in Northwest with path n° 10/105 to Pleoles Dèsot (1789m) and Damon (1898m), Champanement (2330m) Pastures and Alp, all below Mount Faroma East-Southeast Face. From Champanement, with path n° 8A/105 in Southwest under the same, to Léchy Alp (2299m) and in West to homonym pass. Always from Champanement before in North, path n°10, after in West 10/Haute Route number 1 to Bivouac Rosaire et Clermont (2705m) and briefly to Vessona Hill (2794m), between Mount Faroma/Vessona three Jags. Descent in Northwest, same path, to Comba Vessona in Valpelline.
Lignan-Fontaney-Salvé small Valley:
from Lignan in North with path n° 10/B to Place Damon 1910m), Fontaney (2088m) Pastures, La Tsa de Fontaney (2307m) and, through a small walloon below West Face Mount Morion, Salvé Hill (2569m); shorth traverse in West, path 11A above a pond, to Chaleby Hill (2653m). From both hills descent in North, path 11/Haute Route 1, below East Face Becca Fontaney to Cuney Sanctuary (2653m), into homonym comba and under Mounts Pisonet, Nebbia, Becca of Merlo.
from Lignan in North through Municipal Road or with neighbor path n° 17/105 to Saquignod (1690m), Vénoz (1771m), Le Cret (1791m), La Combaz, Porliod (1879m; +; small parking before signal no transit); from the nearby alternative before Porliod in Northeast with path n° 11C to Larset (1930m), Pra de l'Arp (1978m) Pastures to alternative 2023 metres; from this in Northwest through dirt road to Chavalary Alp (2160m). In North, through easy South Crest with scarce traces-small rocks, to Mount Morion (2710m), isolated Summit in center.
in descent from Chaleby or Salvé Hills to connection about 2545 metres or, through more large tour, from Lignan-fork 2023 metres in Northeast, with path n° 11C, to Le Serreun Alp (2380m); from this in West-northwest, below North Face Mount Morion, to Connection/paths in altitude 2545 and Cuney Sanctuary-Refuge/Oratory (a delicate passage on traverse). In North Lac de l'Ermite (2705m), path n° 11E.
Montagnaya-Arbière small Valley:
from Refuge/Oratory continue Northeast with path Haute Route number 1 crossing below Cuney Pass (2944m), East Face of Pointe Montagnaya (3042m) and, by a deviation in West, pathless, on debris slopes with traces along the small torrent and a final rocky narrow couloir, to Montagnaya Pass (2903m), between Pointe Montagnaya/Becca d'Arbière Southern Summit. Variant:
from Praterier (2066m) Alp in Luseney small Valley
go up to Pass with path n° 15/connection Haute Route amongst various small torrents and previous route in terminal part.
"Luseney Becca at the top of small Valley",
Luseney small Valley:
from Lignan, Les Fontanes (1664m), Lo Rascard (1739m), Praz (1777m; signal no transit) Villages through Regional Road and a secondary in terminal part; from this in North with path n° 12/13 to Vallorsière (1902m) Pasture, Sanctuary of Champlaisant (1906m). From this in Northwest with path n° 13 to Closeau, Voyoux (1987m), La Servaz (2005m)Pastures nearby La Servaz Refuge (Chapel; 2070m). Before in North to Ollière (2009m), Praterier (2066m) Alpages, after in Northeast to Crottes Pasture (2389m), below Luca reboulaz Bivouac (2575m) near Luseney Lake and Alp (2588m). In Northwest, pathless but through scarce traces along the torrent, to 1)-
Luseney Pass (3162m); in North to 2)-
Livourneaz Pass (2840m), always path n° 13 crossing three small torrents. 3)-
Luseney Becca (3504m) by Southeast (Standard Route) or East (from pass) Crests (junction of the both at 3389 metres; from pass in Northeast to 4)-
Cime Livournea (3288m), easily through Southwest Crest.
Livournea(z)-Redessau Southern small Valley:
from Reboulaz Refuge in North-northeast with path n° 13 to 1)-
Livourneaz Pass (2840m); with the half same route, after turning right (Northeast) to 2)-
Mount Redessau Northwest (3253m) and Southeast (3237m) Summits, from Praterier Carving on South-southwest Ridge; through the same (passages of II°/III°-), with subsequent delicate and aerial traverse (II°) from the last to first Top.
Fenêtre de Tsan small Valley:
from refuge in East with path n° 13A/Haute Route number 1 to Fenêtre (2736m), between Becca des Crottes-three small towers/Little Cima Bianca. Descent in East, same path, to Cian Lake (2440m), nearby Cian Bivouac (2882m) in Torgnon Walloon
Cime Bianche Walloon:
from Champlaisant Sanctuary, crossing torrent with path n° 1B, to 1)-
Pierrey Pasture (1910m); from this in Northeast with path n° 1 to Tsa de Campagne (2304m), Tsa de Pierrey (2331m), Tsa de Voyoux (2316m), turning right gradually to Cima Bianca (3009m). Variant a)-:
from Refuge La Servaz-Ollière in East with path n° 13B to Tsa de Voyoux; b)-
from valley floor with dirt road-path n° 1 to Pierrey.
Meabé-Fenêtre small Valley:
from Les Fontanes Pasture (1664m) in Northeast with path n° 17 to fork 1700 metres, below Les Preles Alp (1798m); in East with path n° 17/105 to Fenetre Hill (2175m), between Mount Meabé/Mount Fenêtre. Descent in East, same trail, to Torgnon Valley
Aver-Longhede Northern Basin:
from Les Fontanes Pasture (1664m) in Northeast with path n° 16/17, along the torrent, at the beginning of dirt road to Les Prèles; changing in South with path n° 16 to alternative 1900 metres around; continue, leaving right the path n° 5 to Joux Alp, more in South to Saddle 2310/20 metres around, between Cima Longhede/Becca of Aver. Cross in Northeast with path n° 16 to Becca d'Aver (2469m); in Southwest with path n° 16A to Cima of Longhede (2416m), both easily. From Aver descent, through path n° 1, in South to Verrayes Basin
Ander Southern Comba & Southwestern Appendages:1)-
from alternative 1900 metres around in Southwest with path n° 5 to Joux Alp (1803m), below Mount Ander (1931m). Before the alpage in East, pathless, to Filone Hill (1894m). Also continue to La Pesse Pasture (1600m) and with path n° 3/3C to La Bourra Hill (1748m); from this easily in crest to Mount de Pesse (1708m). 2)-
From the Bridge after Issologne (1514m) in Southwest with path n° 3 to La Pesse and same routes. 3)-
From Nus Commune through Regional Road to Petit-Fénis, Blavy Hamlets (1056m); from this through dirt road or path n° 3 to Le Noueus (1181m), Praille (1242m) Pastures. Continue in North, crossing a first, reaching a second dirt road and with path n° 3 to 3)-
La Pesse Alp or with path n° 3B to 4)-
Mount La Pesse. 5)-
Starting directly from valley floor (Nus-Le Bourg 540m
) in North with path n° 3 to Plane (718m), Petit Fénis, Blavy Hamlets, Prailles Pasture and previous routes.
"Meabé-Aver-Longhede Southern Appendages",
VALLEYS & small Valleys
In order to deploy clockwise from the Central Baltea Valley-Verrayes/Saint Dénis Basin towards Valtournanche to Mount Zerbion & Appendages
In Saint Dénis, Chambave, Torgnon, Valtournanche, Chamois, La Magdeleine, Antey Saint André & Chatillon/Saint Vincent Municipalities
& Western, Southern, Eastern surroundings
"Chavacour-Cian small Valley",
by Marco Cossard "Crevassino"
Torgnon-Chantorné-Chavacour Basins: from Chatillon Commune (nearby the Castle Caron Gamba; about 500 metres
in North towards Valtournanche Valley
with Regional Road; Champlong, Covalou (small dam) to alternative 1025 metres near Grand Moulin. Changing direction N/S to Berzin-St. Jacques (1186m), Chesod,Champagnod, Mazod Hamlets to Torgnon-Septumian Municipality (1547m, 1709m); from this to fork 1710 metres and Proz Rion (1773m; signal no transit). With dirt road continue in Northwest to Champtorné Dèsot (1863m), Vieille (1886m), Fontarin (1914m) Alpages; with path n° 8/9/105 in West to 1)-
Fenêtre Hill; from fork 2048 metres in North with path n° 8 to 2)-
Mount Meabé Southern Antesummit (2566m). From Fontarin continue in North with dirt road-path n° 1, along Ru (brook) de Verrayes and through Chantorné, Arpeille, Brussoney Woods, to Tronchaney (2048m), la Nouva de Tronchaney (2100m), Courtthoud du Meitin (2059m; from this path n° 6), Courthoud Damon (2068m; source), Crot des Labies (2356m), Tsomioy or Chomioi (2450m) Alps; in Southwest with path n° 6 to 1)-
Chomioi Pass (2540m). From Pass in North through South Crest, pathless (a exposed passages after quota 2825 metres), to 2)-
Cima Bianca or Cime Bianche (+; 3008m). Also from Crot des Labies in North with path n° ex 9A (or through upper neighbor unnumbered path) to 3)-
Erbion Alp (2522m) and in Southwest to East easy Crest Cima Bianca; from alp in North, path n° 10 to 4)-
Tsan Bivouac (2472m), nearby Lac du Tsan (2441m). From lake in West with path n° 4/Haute Route number 1 to 5)-
Fenêtre du Tsan (2738m) in Chavacour Comba
. From fork, just below the hill, in North with unnumbered Path-traces in moraine to 6a)-
Praz Terray Pass (3034m) or 6b)-
to Chavacour Pass (2957m), between Mount Redessau/Chavacour Summits. From lake through traverse in East with Hate Route and short descent to 7)-
Grand Raye-Drayere Alp (2352m); from this in North with path n° 5 to Bivouac Rivolta on Fort Pass (2906m), between Punta Cian or Tsan/Becca of Salé. 8)-
Various departure variants: from Gialliarey Sanctuary (2174m), with dirt road from Chantorné Desot (1824m) or from Barmasse Refuge (2175m), near Cignana Lake (2149m) with Haute Route number 1.
Cignana small Valley:
from Valtournanche (parking 1537m) in Southwest through Municipal Road to Valmartin (1510m); path n° 6/Haute R. in Northwest to Promoron (+; 1612m), Falegnon (1914m) Pastures, Cignana Lake and Refuge. From these in Southwest, with path n° 107 to 1)-
Fornace Alp (2135m), Fenêtre d'Ersaz (2293m); before in Northwest, near Tsignanaz Chapel (2186m), after in Southwest, path n° 4, to Fort Pass. From lake in North to fork 2323 metres and in West-northwest, with path n° 6, to 2)-
Bivouac D. Manenti (2783m), nearby Lac de Balanselmo (2740m); from this in North to 3)-
Perucca-Vuillermoz Refuge (2909m), below Valcornière Pass and nearby Dragon, Grand Lochs. Descent in Valcornière Comba-Valpelline
. From Dragon in Northwest to small lake 2988 metres, under 4)-
Dragon Glacier and Pass (3321m); descent on Solatset Glacier in Solatset Comba-Valpelline
. From Grand Lac in North to 5)-
ponds 2942, 2964 metres, under Bella Tsa Pass (3064m); descent on Bella Tsa Glacier in Bella Tsa small Valley-Valpelline
. From refuge in Northeast with path n° 9 to 6)-
Vofrède Pass (3121m). From Cignana Lake, source 2323 metres in East to 7)-
Cignana Fenêtre (2445m) and in South on North-northwest Crest to 8)-
Mount Pancherot (2616m).
from Regional Road to Breuil-Cervinia near alternative 1948 metres, nearby a pond, with secondary road to Vofrède Village (1980m); from this with unnumbered path in North to path n° 9 and before in Northwest, after Southwest, to point 2417 metres. Following the rocky coasline between Col de Chateau des Dames/Vofrède Glaciers to 1)-
Vofrède Pass (3121m); descent in Southwest to Cignana Walloon
From Regional Road (parking 1979m) turn left to Avouil Village (1966/76m); from this in Southwest with path n° 10 to Bayettes Pasture (2291m). Changing in North-northwest, over Vofrède Torrent, to Refuge Jumeaux-Refuge G. Bobba, below Point Budden on Little Murailles (to Mount Rouge).
Tabel small Valley:
from Breuil-Morces (2065m) from fork 2117 metres in West along Mabérge Torrent; from upper fork in South with path n° ex 3 to 1)-
Mabérge Pasture (2301m) and previous route to Budden at Jumeaux Refuge; or in Southwest with path n° 11 always to 2)-
Refuge. Also from alp in North with path n° ex 3 3)-
to Cors (2249m), Crot (2367m) Pastures. In North, pathless but through steep moraine, to Mount Tabel Glacier, below Gr. Murailles (Dent d'Hérens/Gr. Murailles Pass/Pointes Margareth/Pointe des Cors-Punta Gastaldi Range). From Les Cors Alp in North-northwest, crossing Cors Torrent and unnumbered path, to 4)-
Umberto Balestreri Bivouac (3142m), below quota 3307 metres of Cors Summit.
Chérillon small Valley:
from Crot Alp in Northeast with path n° ex 3 to small dam (2366m); from this with sinous rote among varios ramification of Fossu Torrent to fork 2590 metres. In North with path n° 12 to Chérillon Glacier, below Dent d'Hérens/Pointes Carrel-Blanche-Maquignaz-Marie Christine/Enzo and Nino Benedetti Bivouac. Departure variant:
from Breuil through dirt road to Crot de Palet Dèsot (2273m) and path n° 12.
Breuil small Valleys:
numerous walloons above Breuil/Cervinia and below the South Face of Matterhorn to 1)-
Bas Glacier du Leon, 2)-
Bas and Haut Glaciers of Peak Tyndall, 3)-
Mount Cervin Glacier, 4)-
Forclaz Glacier, 5)-
Mount Saint Théodule and Refuge Basin, 6)-
Tête Grise/Valtournanche/Plateau Rosa Pass/Cimes Blanches Northern Hill/Gran Sometta/Motta de Plété Eastern and Central Summits/Bec du Pio Merlo.
Cime Bianche small Valley:
from Regional Road, near Notre Dame de la Garde (1858m), to Perrère (1845m), Cret (1884m) Villages; from this in East, path n° 19, to Mandaz Wood, Torrent and Desot/Damon Pastures (2113m, 2315m); from this to alternative about 2440 metres with path n° 21 (from Yette, Champlong, Cleyves de la Seyvaz Pastures). With this last continue in East along Cleyva Groussa Torrent to 1)-
Southern Hill of Cime Bianche (2894m), between Gran Sometta/Bec Carré; in North through path-traces-small easy rocks on South Crest to 2)-
Gran Sometta (3166m).
from Mandaz Damon in Southeast with dirt road to Molar (2315m), Cleyva Groussa (2253m), Illiaz Perron Alps (2249m), nearby Oratory of Notre Dame Madonna della Saletta (2203m), between the very wild basin below Mount Roisetta/Dents d'Aran/Becca d'Aran/Mount de Molar. Pathless, through steep moraines to various rocky Western walls; all difficult and formed of rotten and dangerous rock.
by Marco Cossard "Crevassino"
from Valtournanche-Evette (1578m; between two parkings) through Municipal Road to Chez Perron, Bringaz (1721m), Cré, Laviel (1762m) Villages; leaving North the dirt road to Plan Bois Dèsot, continue in South to Champlève (1857m), Barmaz (2031m), Chateau (2131m), before Cheneil (2104m). From fork 2088 metres in Northeast with path n° 26 to 1)-
Aran Pasture (2325m), fork 2651 metres and in Northwest Becca d'Aran (2953m), through easy Eastern Slopes; from fork in Northeast with path n° 29 on South Slope to 2)-
Mount Roisetta (+; 3324m). From Cheneil in Southeast with path n° 29/30/31/ Haute Route number 1 to alternative about 2275 metres, below Champsec Pasture, and in East-northeast with path n° 30 to 3)-
Tournalin Pass (3145m), between Grand/Petit Tournalin; from alternative in East with path n° Haute Route number 1 to 4)-
Nannaz or Nana Hill (2772m). From this in North with path n° 3C to 5)-
Bec Trécare (+; 3032m), easily on South Crest; in South, with unnumbered path-traces, to 6)-
Bec de Nana (3003m), on North Crest. From fork about 2250 metres, before the alternative, in South with path n° 31 to 7)-
Fontana Freida Pass (2472m), between Fontana Freida Summit (2513m)/Clavalité Sanctuary /2523m), both in a shorth time attainable; from Cheneil in South-southwest with path n° 107 to 8)-
Cheneil Hill (2278m), between Mount Charvaz/Point Fontana Fredda.
Chamois-Nanna(z)-Grand Dent Comba:
from Chamois Commune (1812m; reached exclusively by Cableway from Buisson 1124m; parking) in North with path n° 107 to Lod Village, nearby homonym Lake (2014m); from this to 1)-
Cheneil Hill. From lake in Northeast with path n° 1 to 2)-
Charavellessa (2131m), Glavin (2219m) Pastures, Clavalité Sanctuary. From Chamois in East-northeast with path n° 4 (ex n° 2) to 3)-
Crepin, Foresus Cleyva Bella (2243m) Pastures, below homonym small loch; from this, among various small torrents to Nana Hill. From pond in East, pathless and through moraines, to 4)-
watershed in North of Grand Dent (2834m) near small saddle 2782 metres and through North Crest Summit; from Chamois-Moulin (+; 1888m) in Southeast with path n° 5 to 5)-
Cort Pasture (2184m), Champlong mini Lakes (2354m), Pillonet Pass (2698m).
La Magdeleine-Tantané small Valley:
from Regional Road to Valtournanche, alternative nearby Grand Moulin (1048m; two parkings) to Antey Saint André Commune and, again through Municipal Road, to Petit Antey (1092m). Continue to Chaillein (1387m), Lod (1474m), Noussan (1509m) Villages and in North to A)-
La Magdeleine Resort, at the foot of Mount Tantané (2734m); also in South to B)-
Promiod (+; 1505m; Camping Dalai Lama 1499m) Hamlet, below Mount Zerbion (2722m). From La Magdeleine-Artaz (1747m) in North with path n° 3 to 1)-
Laye (1855m), Croux (1928m), nearby Croux Lake (1917m), Borget (1938m), near Lake Grande Puine, Pilaz Pasture, under Pila(z) Hill (1954m; beautiful by snowshoes) and descent in Chamois Comba
. Also, through "Nature Path"
, from Pilaz Pasture (1962m) in East to 2)-
Charey Dèsot Alp (2136m) and Lake of Charey (2136m). From Artaz in Southeast with path n° 4 to 3)-
Novales (1882m), Champ Cellier or Chancellier Damon (2147m) Alpages and South-southwest Ridge of Mount Tantané, easy with small rocks. From Promiod in Northeast with dirt road, concomitant with path n° 6, to 4)-
Boettes (1722m), Supplin-Brovie (1914m, 1908m), Brenvey, Renard (2046m), Nouva Pastures, Portola Hill (2414m); in South to 5)-
Mount Zerbion with path n° 6/2 or "Path of the Passion of Christ"
; various tombstones. From alternative immediately after Boettes in Southeast with dirt-path n° 105 to 6)-
Arsine (1844m), Franquin Dèsot or Francou (2021m) and Damon (2044m) Pastures and following path n° 7 to Mount Zerbion, through very easy West Ridge. From the Western Shoulder at the base of crest, in point 1991 metres, possibility of descent to Nuarsaz Alp (1704m) in Nissod Basin
from Chatillon Commune (550m) through Municipal Road to Chavod, Pissin, Closel, Domianaz, Perrière, Travod, Nuarsaz (1704m) Hamlets on the High Hill of Chatillon. From this in Northwest with path n° 12 to Chesalet (1735m), Jacquemin-Giacomet (1777m) Alps and, more in North, to connection with path n° 7 (from Etavey/Deviaz/Cheney Alps). Briefly to Western Shoulder in point 1991 metres at the beginning of West Ridge Mount Zerbion. 1)-
Ascent to same or 2)-
possibility of descent to Promiod in the La Magdeleine Basin