Chaligne (Croix de Chaligne)

Chaligne (Croix de Chaligne)

Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 45.76930°N / 7.23970°E
Additional Information Elevation: 8553 ft / 2607 m
Sign the Climber's Log


This mountain is located N/W of the Aosta town, and it is the top that you see above Aosta when you drive to the town from south, by the motorway. Due to it's central position with respect to the valley, it offers a very wide panorama, the easiest that you can reach in the area. You can see the whole central valley mountains, like Emilius, Grivola, and far, Gran Paradiso Group, Rutor Group, after Fallere, left part of the Mont Blanc Group, and, north side, Gran Combin, Mont Velan, Mont Gele', and far, Cervino and part of the Monte Rosa Group.

Getting There

Mont Velan and Gran Combin

To reach the easy top, there are a few routes, both in summer than in winter.
  • from Buthier, a village in the Gran San Bernardo Valley. From Italy: exit Aosta East of the Motorway, bring the Gran San Bernardo way, after the galleries, a few kilometers far from Aosta town, there is the village of Gignod; a few hundreds meters far from the village, left side, indication for Buthier; follow the road till a sign after which is forbidden with the car, and park there. From Switzerlan, the deviation for Buthier is right side, a few kilometers after La Clousaz.
  • from Thouraz. Exit Aosta East of the Motorway, follow the normal route direction Courmayeur; after Aosta town, you will find Sarre: turn right, direction Ville Sur Sarre, and in Ville Sur Sarre, turn right and follow the sign Thouraz. This is a small new village, a few houses (overthere there is a ranch that rents horses...). The main Touraz village was destryoyed by a landslip that fell down from the Becca France (at your left) which buried the whole village with all it's 600 inhabitants, at 6 of clock of a July morning in the year 1564.

When To Climb

Summer season: from June to October, even earlier or later, according the season; in winter, from December to March, taking care to the last slopes, very steep.

All around view

These are the views from the top, in the different directions

North and East: Mont Velan, Gran Combin, the Valpelline, the Central Aosta Valley

West: the highest top is Mont Fallere; behind, left side, the Rutor Group, right side, part of the Monte Bianco Group

South: Emilius, Grivola, Gran Nomenon and Gran Paradiso Group


Outside Aosta, along the road that brings to Gran San Bernardo Pass, close to Buthier, there is a camping area.

Miscellaneous Info

The 16 of August, each year, a procession starts night time, around midnight, from 3 villages in the area, and arrives to the top, where there is a messe; this is due to a vote of the communities in the 16 century, when they ask to God to be preserved form the pestilence.

Mountain Conditions

  • Meteo: you can find all the needed informations at the official site of the Valle d'Aosta Region:
  • Valle d'Aosta Meteo


  • WEBCAM on Aosta Valley:
  • Webcam

Books and maps


  • "Guida dei Monti d'Italia-Alpi Pennine" (Vol. I°) di Gino Buscaini-Club Alpino Italiano/Turing Club Italiano, Luglio 1971.
  • "Dove si specchia il cielo - i laghi della Valle d'Aosta", di Sergio Piotti, Ed. Ferrari Luglio 1996.


  • Kompass "Monte Bianco Valle d'Aosta Sentieri e Rifugi" Carta turistica 1:50.000.
  • Kompass "Gran Paradiso Valle d'Aosta Sentieri e Rifugi" Carta Turistica 1:50.000.
  • I.G.C. Istituto Geografico Centrale Torino "Massiccio del Monte Bianco" (n° 4), Torino, 1998 1:50.000.
  • Studio F.M.B. "Monte Bianco-Mont Blanc", Bologna 1988 1:50.000.
  • I.G.C. Istituto Geografico Centrale "Carta dei sentieri e dei rifugi" 1:25.000.
  • I.G.M. Istituto Geografico Militare 1:25.000.

Important Information

Useful numbers

  • Protezione Civile Valdostana località Aeroporto n° 7/A Saint Christophe (Ao) Tel. 0165-238222.
  • Bollettino Meteo (weather info) Tel. 0165-44113.
  • Unità Operativa di Soccorso Sanitario Tel. 118.



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