In order to deploy clockwise from Northern Valleys of Aosta/Saint Christophe/Quart/Nus/Chambave/Verrayes/Saint Dénis small Valleys & Basins to the Central Dora Baltea
by Dario Franco Sergio Cardellina
Viou-Mary Basin: from Aosta Town to Theuvex/Senin Fractions (766m, 782m) by Municipal Road; between the same starts North the path n° 26 to old Parleyaz or Parléaz Village (1274m; Napoleonic chimney, little Chapel). Continue into small walloon to Crete Pasture (1398m) and in West, before crossing little torrent, to Blavy Hamlet (1471/5m; nice tiny Church with beautiful sundial on wall); from this in North with path n° 25/105 to Varbre Pasture (1674m; ruins) and dirt road (from Roisan or Saint Christophe Municipalities) in altitude 1830 metres about. Crossing the same and torrent the muletrack turn East to Viou Pasture (2078m; source below the house); continue into forest reaching the Tsa de Viou Alp (2202m) and, in North after a morainic basin, Viou Hill (2698m), nearby Penne Nere Bivouac (2730m; always open), between Becca Viou (2856m)/Mount Mary.
Cretallaz-Cerisolaz-Voltola(i)naz small Valley: from Saint Christophe Commune with Municipal Road to alternative above Lumian Village (894m); before leaving East the road to Crétallaz/Jeanceyaz/Morgonaz Hamlets, immrdiately after turn left or Northwest near a second fork 1350 metres around. Leaving West the continuation to Blavy Hamlet, turn North and through a long Northeast diagonal on dirt road reach Voltola(i)naz Hamlet (1492m), above Cerisolaz Village (1159m). 1)- Crossing various brooks in Northeast to walloon floor on main torrent; along the same (borderland Saint Christophe/Quart Municipalities) directly, pathless, go up in North on very wild small walley ("Death or Moon Vallon") to Mount Mary (2815m) Sourhern Slopes. 2)- (better) through a dirt above Parleyaz reach the thread of the long South-southwest Ridge and with rare traces to Summit.
Senevé Comba: A from Saint Christophe Commune (573m) with Municipal Road to Sorreley (805m), Veynes (834m) Hamlets up to the alternative above Lumian Village (894m); leaving West the road to Parleyaz/Blavy Hamlets, continue in East to Crétallaz (1087), Jeanceyaz (1092m), Morgonaz (1205m) Hamlets and Prayon Farm (1128m; just after, signal no transit); from this with dirt road in North to Les Ayettes (1463m), Borelly (1477m), Chamerod (1615m), Les Preyes or Prèles (1802m) Pastures. Always before with dirt, after path, passing an old in ruins alp and through the forest on a round promontory, with a Northern diagonal route in terminal part to Senevé Alpages (2206m), below Mount Mary/Tête of Arpisson (2856m).
B)- From Trois Villes-Avisod (1398m), above Quart Commune, with dirt road in West-northwest, passing over Valseinte (1399m), Chacotte (1426m), Rapaille (1541m) Pastures to Champchamoussin Desott, Damon (1851m) Alps; from this with dirt, more in Northwest, to Lattaz (1935m; semi in ruins)), Chavod (2029m) and in West Senevé Alpages. From this last various ascents, all through steep but rotten and broken rocks, to 1)- Mount Mary (ski-mountaineering), 2)- Chamerod Top, 3)- Les Preles Summits, 4)- Chaudière Northeast Pass (2746m) to Arpisson Vallon, 5)- Tête of Arpisson, 6)- Senevé Point (2928m), 7)- Tsaat à l'Etsena Western (2967/8m), Pass to Verdzignola Comba, Tsaat Eastern (2974/5m) Summits, 8)-Fana Pass to Tall Dèche Comba and Fana Beaks (2951m), 9)- Passo Alto (2540m; good by snow rackets) to Middle Comba Dèche.
Trois Villes Basin: from Trois Villes-Fonteil (1423m; parking), in Northwest with unnumbered path to Croix de Fana (2211m; even by snowshoes).
Verrayes-Saint Dénis Northern Basin: from National Road S.S. n° 26 to Verrayes/Saint Dénis Municipalities through Regional Roads. A)- from Verrayes Municipal Road to Grand-Villa Hamlet (1437m), Vieille (1450m), Vencorère (1563m; small parking), Prelaz (1712m) Villages. From this in Southwest 1)- la Bourra Alp (1748m), through dirt road, Mount de Pesse (1708m) with path n° 3C; 2)- from Prelaz, pathless, to Mount Ander (1931m) and with dirt to Filon Hill (1894m). 3)-From Grand-Villa, with asphalt road, to Clavon (1644m)/Petit Lozon or Loson/Low Lozon (1525m; parking; pond) and from these to Fontane, Champlong Damon, Bornes Alps, Bornes Hill (1774m), with path n° 1. From the Bornes Alp with path n° 1 in Northeast to fork 2050 metres (path n° 2 from Gr. Villa), Becca of Aver (2469m) and traverse in Southwest on ridge with path n° 16A to Cima of Longhede (2416m; ski-mountaineering and snowshoes). B)- From Chambave to Saint-Denis Communes with Regional Road and from this to Del (1260m), Plau (1305m), Semon (1428m), Cheresoulaz (1487m) Hamlets, Saint Pantaléon Hill (1650m); from Semon through "Tour of Saint Evence" with dirt road-path n° 2 to Chapel (1500m; beautiful by snow rackets, even in night) and in North-northwest to Sanctuary, just below the hill.
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 Pasture 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 towards the junction with path n° 2 in altitude 1570/80 metres around and through East-southeast Crest, towards the forest, to Summit.
Ander Southern Comba & Southwestern Appendages:1)- from alternative 1900 metres around in Southwest with path n° 5 to Joux Alpage (1803m), below Mount Ander (1931m). Before the pasture in East, pathless, to narrow Filone Hill (1894m). Also continue towards La Pesse Pasture (1600m) and with path n° 3/3C to La Bourra Hill (1748m); from this easily in crest to Mont 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 towards Plane (718m), Petit Fénis, Blavy Hamlets and to Prailles Pasture and previous routes.
by Marco Cossard "Crevassino"