Best period: late spring, summer, fall (it depends on snow condition). Month suggested: September. Access to Bussola Pass can be dangerous with iced snow.
Due to light conditions, water mirrors and great panoramas, exceptional possibilities for natural photography.
Chairlift for "Casa Palasina" (Bieteron shoulder) closed in summertime.
Refer to route description for further details. Upper right: Case Palasina, where starts the long traverse under Monte Bieteron. Center shot: Laghi della Battaglia and, half-hidden, Lago Pocia. Center left: Lago Lungo. Center right: delicate traverse to Colle Bussola. Right corner: Colle Bussola.
Corno Bussola is the main summit in the "Lake District" of Palasina, an highland where nature captured waters in several wonderful wells. There are lakes "for all tastes", different colors, different light exposition. To visit and hike in Palasina Lake District (... Lake District is a nickname ... don't refer to this place with this name! ...) is good for practise mountain wilderness photography. Climbing the northern border (E to W from Punta Palasina to Corno Bussola), a long and large grassed ridge (except ending solution to Corno Bussola), allows the hiker to admire great sight on Matterhorn and Monte Rosa group.
Since 1995 the Arp Hut, or better Arp Hotel (over 100 beds!), is open in summer season for hikers. An easy access from Brusson, via Estoul village, allow to get there a lot of people in summer season. For these reasons, in August and during summer week-end, the Lake District is a little bit crowded. Better visit it in late or early season.
Getting to Estoul, Brusson, Val d'AyasCommon route from Verres to Estoul (Brusson)
Verres is the village at feet of Ayas Valley. A5 motorway exit is directly linked to Val d'Ayas Regional Road (SR45). Once arrived in Brusson (km. 15), cross the gracious village and turn right to "Rue du Col Ranzola". The road ends in Estoul (km 21 from Verres). There are two big free car parks at the end of paved road. As told in Overview chapter, in summer this place can be very crowded.
Getting in Verres from ...
France (Petit St. Bernard and Mont Blanc tunnel): on Motorway A5 or National Road SS26, once passed Aosta, drive through Turin direction, there are about 30kms to Verres. Follow for Brusson, Saint Jacques, Val d'Ayas direction. Very easy.
Switzerland: arrived in Aosta, follow Turin direction (motorway A5 or National Road SS26). Arrived in Verres ... as below described.
Turin/Milan: follow Aosta direction on Motorway A5, exit in Verres.
Red TapeNo trek permit needed, no parking fees. 100% free.
CampingCamping Monte Rosa, Frazione Extrapieraz 186, Brusson - Tel. 0039.0125.300282
There are no camping grounds in Estoul area.
WarningIn Val d'Aosta, free camping is forbidden below 2500 mt. Over 2500 mt. is allowed, from sunset until dawn.
Hut & sheltersRifugio Arp, 2446 m. Località Pian Fret.
Generally open from June to early September.
Web site www.rifugioarp.it
Useful linksMeteo info for Estoul - Palasina zone.
Public transport (bus) for Brusson
MapsIGC f. 109, Cervino Matterhorn e Monte Rosa. Scale 1:25.000
IGC f. 5, Cervino Matterhorn e Monte Rosa. Scale 1:50.000
Additional infosFor more info:
Azienda Di Promozione Turistica Monte Rosa
11022 Brusson (AO) - Piazza Municipio, 1
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