Dondeuil small Valley /6

Dondeuil small Valley /6

Page Type Page Type: Area/Range
Location Lat/Lon: 45.69032°N / 7.78590°E
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
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The Southern Faces of Challand's Misses Overview

This is the last side vallon of the orographic and hydrographic left (East) in the Mid-Lower Ayas Valley; between all of these coming down perpendicular to the Torrent Ayas is certainly as the most "isolated" considering the very long approaches from the valley floor, but certainly not the least popular. Already transit to the local Populations of Celtic Salassians, was garrisoned by troops from the Austro-Russian in 1800 and in the same year, "boasts" the passage of the French Army led by Napoleon Bonaparte himself. Locked at Bard Fortress, the same opened an alternative route to go down in the Po Valley rounding the obstacle to the North and passing through the Dondeuil Hill (2338m) with the entire Army May 20th, 1800 composed of more 2.000 armed soldiers. This pass connects the Ayas Valley to the Gressoney or Lys, linking the Communes of Challants Saint Victor (821m) and Issime (953m), both located at the foot of the "Dames de Challand". On the first incumbent of the Vallon Dondeuil symbolized by Becca Torché (3016m), while the latter is dominated by the deep Vallon of Valbona, also said Scheity in the local language Walser, is dominated by the beautiful pyramid of Becca's Vlou (3032m). The Vallon of Dondeuil does not offer great hiking and climbing but definitely beautiful, in the sides at the bottom, beautiful walks; the same does not hold the lakes and to find the same you have to cross the hill to reach those who are known as the Little Lakes at the Eastern foot of the Bec des Allemands also Corno del Lago (2747m) and North of Mont Crabun. This is the last meeting, there being no further walloons of the Great Basin overlooking the stretch between the Municipalities of Verrès, Arnad and Pont St. Martin, Eastern exit of the Aosta Valley.
"The watersheed Dondeuil/Chasten from Becca Torché Summit to Becca di Vlou", by emilius
Questo é l'ultimo vallone della sponda orografica ed idrografica sinistra (Orientale) nella Media-Bassa Valle di Ayas; tra tutti questi che scendono perpendicolarmente verso il Torrent Ayas risulta sicuramente come il più "isolato" considerando gli avvicinamenti dal fondovalle, ma non certamente il meno frequentato. Già transito per le locali Popolazioni Celtiche dei Salassi, fu presidiato dalle truppe Austro-Russo nel 1800 e nel medesimo anno "vanta" il passaggio dell'Armata Francese con a capo lo stesso Napoleone Bonaparte. Bloccata alla Fortezza di Bard, la stessa s'aprì una via alternativa per scendere nella Pianura Padana doppiando l'ostacolo a Settentrione e transitando dal Colle Dondeuil (2338 m) con l'intera Armata il 20 di Maggio 1800 con oltre 2000 soldati armati. Questo colle unisce la Valle di Ayas a quella di Gressoney o del Lys, mettendo in comunicazione i Comuni di Challant Saint Victor (821 m) e d'Issime (953 m), entrambi collocati ai piedi delle "Dames de Challand". Sopra il primo incombe il Vallone del Dondeuil simbolicamente rappresentato dalla Becca Torché (3016 m), mentre il secondo é sovrastato dal Vallone di Valbona, detto inoltre di Scheity nella locale lingua Walser, ed é dominato dalla bella piramide della Becca di Vlou (3032 m). Il Vallone del Dondeuil non offre grandi arrampicate ma sicuramente belle escursioni e, nelle parti più in basso, belle passeggiate; lo stesso non possiede dei laghi e per trovare gli stessi devesi attraversare il colle raggiungendo quelli che son conosciuti come i Piccoli Laghi alle pendici Orientali del Bec des Allemands e Settentrionali del Mont Crabun. Quest'ultimo costituisce il vertice, non essendoci ulteriori valloni, di quel grande bacino che domina il tratto tra i Comuni di Verrès, Arnad e Pont St. Martin, all'uscita Orientale della Val d'Aosta.
" Dondeuil Hill & Corno del Lago also Pic des Allemands (right) at the end of the Chain", by buxlex

Getting There

By car:
  • From TORINO, MILANO, etc: Motorway A5. Exit at IVREA or Quincinetto (PIEDMONT) From IVREA Town: in West (Southern side) to Pont Saint Martin, Verrès Municipalities in East from Aosta Town. From Courmayeur Resort: in East-southeast to Aosta, Nus, Chatillon, Saint Vincent, Verrès Municipalities.
    From "Dames de Challand" to Dondeuil Hill, by emilius
    From Verrès to Val d'Ayas Valley From Verrès (549m), with Regional Road, to Challant Saint Victor-Isollaz (658m), Challant Saint Anselme-Quincod (1030m), Tollegnaz Village (1041m), Archésaz Hamlet (1146m), Brusson (1332m) Municipalities; wanting, continuing to Northwest to Antagnod-Ayas (1709m) Commune, below Mounts Tantané and Zerbion also in North towards Champoluc (1570m) and Saint Jacques (1670m) Communes at the end of Evançon or Ayas Valley and under the Western side of Monte Rosa (Rollin Hump, Breithorns, Pollux and Castor).
  • From FRANCE: through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Entrèves/Courmayeur. By Little Saint Bernard Pass, closed since November until half May to La Thuile Valley - Pré Saint Didier - Aosta - Verrès Municipalities. It is not necessary to take Motorway A5: you can drive on State Road n° 26, in the direction of AOSTA - IVREA - TURIN.
By plane:
  • Aeroporto Internazionale "Corrado Gex" Saint Christophe (Aosta).
Renowned squared Castle just above Verrès, by andreaperino

Summits & Passes

Description clockwise starting from the Northwest above Challand St. Anselme-Quinçod to Hills, Passes & Summits to get to the West-southwest over Verrès Municipality. (For the approaches see above Overview)
"From Torché to Mortens & Chavernie", by emilius
1)- : Becca di Chavernie (+ 2100m). This small mountain, above Challand St: Anselme and Tollegnaz and the Vallon Chasten in the Northwest Valley, overlooking the opposite side at the beginning of the Vallon of the Dondeuil the little Village of Tilly (954m, to the West) and the Municipality of Saint Victor Challants (821m, in the Southwest). Located on the Northwest ridge, which descends from bypassing Torché Becca Becca Mortens, is rarely Summit ascent is from the Vallon Chasten from that of Dondeuil. Starting from the Village of Isollaz (669m) a farm dirt road to reach the East Pasture of Valfrecha (1053m); from this point a path focused mainly in the Northeast reaches of the Renou (1844m) at the foot of Becca Mortens. Abandoning the same, that is addressed to the Southeast towards Alp Tron, continue on a small track to the torrent upstream and finally, going to the North through a steep grassy slopes to reach the watershed between Becca Chavernie and shoulder 2538 metres to the Northwest of Becca Mortens and conclude with the easy ridge East-southeast (EE/F; 04h'00/04h'30 from Isollaz Village).
"From Becca Torché to South-southeast", by emilius
2)- : Becca Mortens (+ 2736m). Like the previous one this mountain is also the subject of very well too rare visits by local Escursionist; the climb requires a thorough knowledge of the area and certainly is more frequented by hunters of deer that lovers of the mountain. His ascension, which is not difficult but takes place in a setting, very scenic, between large steep slopes and cliffs, requires good hiking experience. It reaches from Valfrecha (1053m) above the Village of Tilly and upper Alps of Renou (1844m) and Le Tron (1920m; hemi abandoned) into a small valley with the same name , but now already at the interior of the small valley of the next Dondeuil, or depression 2700 metres (see above) for the short Crest East-southeast (02h'00/02h'20 from Le Tron Alp; 04h'45/05h'15 from Valfrecha). All other routes are not recommended, as it takes place on steep slopes and dangerous; certainly are preferable only paths on the ridge, coming from Becca Chavernie or Torché, which are also quite scenic. 3)- : Becca Chalex also Punta Boret (2356m). Among Becca Mortens and Torché down towards the Southwest a small buttress child that reaches its end Becca Chalex (Tip Boret to the locals), located between the Alps Tron to the North and Chalex (1780m) to the South, or between a small secondary walloon, above the Village of Tilly, and the real Vallon of Dondeuil. It can be reached with the previous private dirt road for Valfreche and continue across Southeast with the same to Fontaney Pasture (1423m), where it ends. The path marked as "Via Alpina" to the Hill of Dondeuil first reach the Alp of Chalex (1780m), just before Alpe Dondeuil, while a further branch to get to the North of Chanaley (1848m); from this, through unnumbered path to the Northwest, reaches a next pasture unnamed (or at least the name is unknown to us because certainly any) in altitude 1922 metres at the foot of Becca. With semi-circular path, passing to the West of it, the same reaches another pasture (2141m) similar to the opposite side, just above that of the Tron; from any of these points you can reach the small hilltop along the unmarked route (better for the short Crest West-northwest; EE/F; 02h'00/ 02h'20 from Chalex Alpage). Easy, enjoyable Trip with beautiful views over the middle Ayas Valley, the complete Dondeuil Vallon up to the Corno del Lago and on the nearby Becca Torché, of which constitutes a large and "flat" shoulder.
"From Becca Torché to Nery SW Face", by emilius
4)- : Becca Torché (+ 3016m). This Summit is the highest of the entire valley that symbolically represents, then connecting the East with the "twin" Becca Vlou (+ 3032m); but while Torché "belongs" to the Valley of Dondeuil, the other is located entirely in the Gressoney Valley overlooking the Valley of Scheity and Issime. Together, they form the so-called "Ladies of Challand", thanks to the exposure that are on this side of their two magnificent North Walls, always in sight going by the Media High Ayas Valley; while the opposite slope are highlighted with less prominence. The Torché from the face Dondeuil does not offer any particular type of climbing, but it does offer a pleasant hike through its Nornal Via; the same we must highlight the ease stressing that a crossing of about fifty metres to the right and just over the hill, through a grassy ledge with caution because very exposed in the Southeast. It should also differentiate like hiking appearance changes completely departing from the Alps Dondeuil (having permission to take the private road by car), or, starting from Isollaz, with the full path of entire walloon; in this case, "resurfaces" an old way of going to the mountains with a nice "grind" that requires good hocks. In any case, it is beautiful, pleasant and scenic trip. a)- Through the easy Southern Crest or Standard Route from Dondeuil Hill. After crossing above easily follow the path that will run along the edge or below the ridge to the right (East) (EE/F; 01h'45/02h'15 from hill; 03h'45/04h'15 from Dondeuil Alpage; 07h'15/07h'45 from Isollaz Village). b)- Through Southwestern Slope from Chalex Alpages (1780m) (EE/A/PD-; about 02h'30/03h'00 from base; 07h'00/08h'00 Isollaz). c)- Through Northwestern Ridge from le Tron Alp. This long ridge coming down from the Northwest to the tip Meriaoù can also be reached from the Vallon of the same Dondeuil reaching from the Alp le Tron to the saddle of 2700 metres after Becca Mortens and proceeding fairly smoothly on wire of the same (A; from PD- to PD+; about 03h'00/03h'15 from le Tron; 07h'30/08h'30 Isollaz). Better to walk away from this with ascent through Tollegnaz Chasten Vallon, because the search for the via forward is simpler and requires less knowledge of the area being more visible.
"Becca Torché climbing on South Crest", by emilius
5)- : Punta del Dondeuil (2746m). This small Summit is made ​​up of a little triangular and pointed elevation on the South Crest of Becca Torché in its middle part; generally avoided on the right (East) going to the same. It has the shape of a large gendarme consists of numerous boulders with the additional feature of having a mini pond hidden in a cave on the Northern side. Also known as Becca Dondeuil, has been climbing twice along with the nearby Gendarme (about 2770 metres) by Osvaldo Cardellina, lone, August 18th, 1996 and June 25th, 2000 during the ascents to the Becca Torché, respectively, with Giuseppe Lamazzi and Emilio Bertona found no cairns or signals on the two little Summit. Climb a short detour to the left of the Normal Route Becca Torché and by means of a delicate climbing on steep rocks and compact on the East and South Slopes (A/AD-; 0h'30 from the base; 01h'30/01h'45 from the Hill Dondeuil; 05h'00/07h'00 from Isollaz). It can be a nice little variation in the ascent to Torché.
"On Dondeuil Pass", by Corvus
6)- : Dondeuil Hill (2338m). Very long route that winds Eastward from fractions Targnod and Isollaz above the Municipality of Challand Saint Victor following the course of Torrent Roesa (from the ancient dialect Roizà or glacier) until you reach the hill, located between Becca Torché in North and to the South Bec des Allemands also Corno del Lago. This pass was attended "ab immemorabilis" and has a considerable history in time (see Overview); today is crossed by a foot race that played for twenty years, is to strengthen the two populations of the Ayas Valley and that of Lys. Starting from the second of the two fractions (658m, reachable by 1,2 km. from a junction on the Regional Road and crossing the Torrent Evançon) we proceed by a beautiful muletrack to the location Fontaney for almost 2 km until past the Tower of Bonot (744m), where the trail begins "Via Alpina" which reaches the Ollion (1168m) and Fontaney Pastures (1423m, here you can also reach via a private farm dirt road, starting always from Isollaz; T/E/F; 02h'00/02h'15). With a gentle slope, the same salt, discarding to the right (South), a detour to the Alp Mazù (1310m), through the Southern slopes of Becca Chalex and, still following the torrent and in conjunction with the private dirt road, come to the Alpage Chalex (1780m) and not long after that of Dondeuil (1817m). From here, the trail faces the steepest part of the terminal and past the upper Alpage Tramont de Dondeuil where he completed the farm road to the basin below the hill; following a long vallon "studded" with beautiful rhododendrons, and continuing amongst the same the trail arrives to Col (E/F; 03h'00/03h'15 from Fontaney Pasture; 05h'00/05h'30 Isollaz). 7)- : Corno del Lago also Pic or Bec des Allemands (2747m). This mountain, sited just South of the Dondeuil Hill, takes its name from the fact that immediately double its Southeast Slope there are a number of small lakes, mostly just called Little Lake (2263m), above the deep valley of Valbona or Scheity coming up from Issime Commune (953m) in the Gressoney Valley and at the foot of Mount Crabun (2710m). The second reason is that the same had been manned, in addition to recording the passage of the French Army of Napoleon, too troops from the Austro-Russian near the Summit in 1800. Although it is clearly visible after Becca Torché is rarely visited while they are often visited the lakes, even by fishermen, starting from the Alps Munes (2008m; Madonna delle Nevi also Lady of the Snows), this maybe the look "grim and vicious" offering to the Vallon of the Dondeuil with its steep and abrupt Face West. It salt through the easy North-northeast Crest rising from the hill with a very small path that often becomes a small track (EE/F; 01h'15/01h'30 from Dondeuil; (E/F; 04h'00/04h'30 Isollaz). To views and panos deserves more visitations.
"From Becca Torché to Pic des Allemands", by emilius
8)- : Chiva Pass also Fenese Hill (2418m). (EE/A; 01h'15/01h'30 from pass). This step, known by the locals as Step Fenese, is located on the Southwest Crest of the Bec des Allemands and just before the Monte dell'Aquila (Eagle's Beak). From the North is reached by a path not numbered, that breaking away from the "Via Alpina" at Alpe Dondeuil (1817m), with semi-circular path to reach first Southeast Alp Bondini and then another unnamed (2020m), neighbor a small torrent. From the latter a thin trail proceeds South towards the pass (E/F; 01h'30/02h'00 Dondeuil Alpage). On the other side go down two paths with the same characteristics, the first of which to the Southwest in the direction of Vachères Village (around 880m) and Arnad Municipality (412m), while the second addresses in the Southeast, below Cima Pietre Bianche (Top White Stones), reaching the Village Merioù (1211m), above Corma of the Machaby (724m). Both with a long history with route of more than 5 hours were definitely the most popular past time for the passage of herds and flocks. Worth a visit cultural and educational from both sides 9)- : Monte dell'Aquila (2580m). This Summit is located immediately behind the Hill of Chiva on the long ridge of the Pic des Allemands or Corno del Lago first toward the Southwest and then Westward definitely down to the Top Graulà and Col Vert overlying the Municipality of Verrès, thus defining the entire Southern border of the Dondeuil Walloon. Climb with previous routes to the Col de Chiva and going into the end the short and easy Northeast Crest. (0h'30/00h'45 from Chiva Pass; 02h'15/02h'30 from Dondeuil Alpage; in total 05h'00/05h'30 from Isollaz Hamlet). 10)- : Cima Granlà (1907m). Located about two Kilometres West of Monte dell'Aquila is an off-grassy woodland, can be reached by a private dirt road, punctuated by a path that goes from the Village of Riorta in South of Isollaz Fraction, at the entrance of Dondeuil Vallon. The same, leading up to the Col Vert is divided at Alp Champorre reaching Northwards to Pianet Alp (1162m; possibility to reach here also by a path starting from the Northeast of Verrès Castle). From this point leave the dirt farm to continue with a path, walking through the woods in the Southeast, to Alp Seura (1547m) and continuing along the ridge, easily reaching the Summit (T/E/F; 2h'00/2h'15 from Pianet Alpage; 04h'00/04h'30 Verrès Castle). 11)- : Col Vert (around 1400m). This hill is the extreme point of the watershed between the Vallon of Dondeuil and the nearby Communes of Verrès and Arnad underlying this diverse field, widening towards the Northeast in the direction of Mont Crabun, overlooking the Central Valley of Dora Baltea. Now we are going to completely exit the Dondeuil Vallon and remains this last trip, starting from the Champorre Pasture (see above), it reaches the Col Vert below its ancient ironmines now abandoned, placed between it and the Prattse Pasture (1460m). Go up the private farm dirt road to reach it starting from the Village of Riorta (around 640/50 metres), detached from the Northeast Regional Road to the Ayas Valley, taking the fork that leads to the Village of Isollaz (01h'45/02h'00 from Champorre Pasture; in total 03h'45/04h'00 from Riorta).
"Torché and Corno del Lago from East", by Gabriele Roth
From Monte Rosa to Testa Grigia, Monte Voghel, Dames de Challand & Pic des Allemands into Dondeuil Vallon by far, by Antonio