Gran Paradiso Group - WE Main Ridge

Gran Paradiso Group - WE Main Ridge

Page Type Page Type: Area/Range
Location Lat/Lon: 45.51405°N / 7.28943°E
Additional Information Elevation: 13323 ft / 4061 m
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The head of Valnontey<br>  from Gran Crou  to Cresta Gastaldi The head of Valnontey from Gran Croux (left) to Cresta Gastaldi (right)

Further general information concerning Gran Paradiso GROUP can be obtained in the following pages:
Gran Paradiso GROUP
Gran Paradiso_Features
Northern Sector of Gran Paradiso Group
Southern Sector of Gran Paradiso Group

Specific information can be obtained also concerning the single summits belonging to the Gran Paradiso Group up to now posted in SP: here is an interactive list, ordered according to the submission date.

A) Gran Paradiso (4061 m)
B) la Grivola (3969m)
C) Tresenta (3609m)
D) Gran Serra (3552m)
E) Ciarforon (3642m)
F) Punta Rossa della Grivola (3630m)
G) Becca di Moncorvè (3875m)
H) Becco Meridionale della Tribolazione (3360m)
I) Becca di Montandayné (3838m)
J) Bioula, Punta di (3414m)
K) Roccia Viva (3650m)
L) Taou Blanc, Mont (3438m)
M) Mont Paillasse (2414m)
N) Torre del Gran San Pietro (3962m)
O) Herbetet, Punta (3778m)
P) Becca di Monciair (3544m)
Q) Torre di Sant'Orso (3618m)
R) Testa di Entrelor (2580m)
S) Punta di Ceresole (3777m)
T) Cresta Gastaldi (3894m)
U) Becca di Gay (3621m)
V) Torre di Lavina (3308m)
W) Punta Basei (3338m)
X) Il Roc (4026m)

Moving SLOWLY the pointer of your mouse over each labelled summit, its name and height are shown.
Clicking on it, you will go the SP related page

H= Becco Meridionale della Tribolazione(3360 m)M= Mont Paillasse(2414 m).D= Gran Serra(3552 m)E= Ciarforon(3642 m)G= Becca di Moncorvè(3875 m) C= la Tresenta(3609 m)A= Gran Paradiso(4061 m)I= Becca di Montandaynè(3838 m)F= Punta Rossa della Grivola(3630 m)J= Bioula, Punta di(3414 m)K= Roccia Viva(3650 m)L= Taou Blanc, Mont(3438 m) N= Torre del Gran San Pietro(3692 m)B= la Grivola(3969 m)O= Herbetet(3778 m)P= Becca di Monciair(3544 m)Q= Torre di Sant'Orso (3618 m) U= Becca di Gay (3621 m)
V= Torre di Lavina (3308 m)
W= Punta Basei(3338m)

Interactive map showing location, name and height of the summits posted on SP.

Getting there

Valle di Cogne
  • From Torino, Milano, etc: motorway A5. Exit at Aosta Ovest. Drive to the near Aymavilles. Follow the directions for Valle di Cogne.
  • From Switzerland: through the Grand Saint Bernard Tunnel or the namesake Pass.
    Drive to Aosta, then follow the direction for Courmayeur on SS.26. Just after Sarre, turn to the left, in the direction of Valle di Cogne.
  • From France: through Mont Blanc Tunnel or Petit St. Bernard Pass. It isn't necessary to take motorway A5: you can drive on SS.26, in the direction of Aosta.Before arriving at the village of Sarre, turn right following the sign for Valle di Cogne.
After Aymavilles, the regional road n° 47 crosses the villages of Vieyes, Epinel and Cretaz and after about 25 Km arrives at Cogne (1534 m). From Cogne you can get the villages of Lillaz (1617 m) or Valnontey (1666 m).

Val di Rhemes and Valsavarenche
  • From France, through the Mont Blanc Tunnel or the Col du Petit Saint Bernard: you can drive on SS.26, following the direction for Aosta and, before arriving in Villeneuve, turn right towards Introd. Alternatively, you can take motorway A5 (at Courmayeur or Morgex) and exit at Aosta Ovest.

  • From all other directions: get to the Aosta Ovest exit of motorway A5. Then drive along SS.26 Aosta, direction Courmayeur, and just after Villeneuve turn left towards Introd.
Shortly after Introd, you arrive at a junction:
  • you can go straight following the sign "Val di Rhêmes"and then drive through Rhêmes Saint Georges as far as Rhêmes Notre Dames; after the main village, Bruil (1723 m), the road reaches the hamlet of Pellaud, then becomes narrower and may be followed as far as the vast parking in view of Thumel (1880 m). From here the road follows but the transit is forbidden.

  • or you can turn left, entering in Valsavarenche, and through many villages (Degioz, Eaux Rousses, etc) you can arrive at Pont (1978 m) where the road ends.

Southern valleys of the Gran Paradiso Group
  • Coming from Torino: motorway A5 towards Aosta - take exit "S. Giorgio Canavese" or follow the road SS n°460 towards Ceresole Reale as far as Pont Canavese (461 m)
  • Going North along ValSoana, after Ronco Canavese (956 m) get to Valprato Soana (1113 m): at a fork, going NE takes you to Campiglia Soana (1350 m), while going NW takes you to the upper valley (Pianetto-Pamprato)
  • Before Pont Canavese, turn left and go into the Valle di Forzo as far as the homonymous village (1180 m )
  • after Pont Canavese, continue along the SS n° 460 until Locana (613 m): from here you can walk, entering Valle d'Eugio.
  • After Locana, when you arrive at the village of Rosone (715 m), 16 km after Pont Canavese, take a small road on the right, following the sign "Piantonetto Valley": the road ends near Teleccio Lake(1870m).
  • Following along the Valle dell'Orco, 10 km after Rosone you get to Noasca (1062 m): from here you can reach the Noaschetta valley that, after Alpe la Bruna (2473 m), divides into Vallone di Goi and Vallone del Gias della Luna, or Vallone di Ciamousseretto, where you can arrive more laboriously from the following Vallone del Roc.
  • After Noasca, the road climbs along a gorge (Caporal and Sergent walls) and then arrives at the upper wide basin where, on the shore of an artificial lake, you meet Ceresole Reale (1613 m), 33 km after Pont Canavese. From Ceresole starts a controversial road that enter Gran Paradiso National Park and, after Serrù Lake and Agnel Lake, climbs up to Colle del Nivolet (2612 m). Luckily the old absurd project to continue the road on the other side, in order to connect with Pont (Valsavarenche) through the Piani del Nivolet, was stopped in time.


Southern side of Gran Paradiso Range seen from La Cialma 2193m

1 – Ciarforon 3642m 1 – Colle del Ciarforon 3317m
2 – Tresenta 3609m 2 – Colle di Moncorvè 3294m
3 – Becca di Moncorvè 3875m 3 – Colle del Gran Paradiso 3345m
4 – Gran Paradiso 4061m 4 – Colle della Becca di Moncorvè 3851m
5 – Cresta Gastaldi 3894m 5 – Colle dell’Ape (Col de l’Abeille) 3873m
6 – Punta di Ceresole 3777m 6 – Colle Chamonin 3698m
7 – Testa della Tribolazione 3642m 7 – Colle della Luna 3542m
8 – Testa di Valnontey 3562m 8 – Colle Baretti 3432m
9 – Becca di Gay 3621m  
10 - Roccia Viva 3650m  
11 - I Gemelli 3610/3618m  
12 - Punta Elter 3603m  
13 - Becco della Pazienza 3606m  

Summits of Gran Paradiso GROUP

Summits of the Gran Paradiso GROUP reported in the previous map

  1_Punta Galisia 3346m 28_Punta Rossa della Grivola 3630m
  2_Punta Basei 3338m 29_La Grivola 3969m
  3_Punta Gran Vaudala 3272m 30_Grivoletta 3514m
  4_Taou Blanc 3438m 31_Gran Nomenon 3488m
  5_Aouillé 3440m 32_Mont Favret 3173m
  6_Cima di Entrelor 3430m 33_Punta Valletta 2793m
  7_Punta Percià 3227m 34_Becca Piana 2271m
  8_La Roletta 3384m 35_Punta Ceresole 3777m
  9_Punta Bianca 3427m 36_Testa della Tribolazione 3642m
10_Punta Bioula 3414m 37_Testa di Valnontey 3562m
11_Punta del Ran 3272m 38_Becca di Gay 3621m
12_Punta Chamoussière 2942m 39_Becco Meridionale della Tribolazione 3360m
13_Monte Paillasse 2414m 40_Roccia Viva 3650m
14_Cima dell'Arolley 2996m 41_Torre del Gran San Pietro 3692m
15_Cima di Seiva 3075m 42_Punte Patri 3581m
16_Punta Fourà 3411m 43_Punta Valletta 3356m
17_Mare Pércia 3385m 44_ Punta di Valmiana 3244m
18_Denti del Breuil 3454m 45_Punta Fenilia 3053m
19_Becca di Monciair 3544m 46_Punta d'Ondezana 3452m
20_Ciarforon 3642m 47_Becco di Valsoera 3369m
21_La Tresenta 3609m 48_Punta delle Sengie 3408m
22_Becca di Moncorvè 3875m 49_Monveso di Forzo 3322m
23_Gran Paradiso 4061m 50_Grande Arolla 3246m
24_Piccolo Paradiso 3923m 51_Punta della Tsesère 3117m
25_Becca di Montandayné 3838m 52_Torre di Lavina 3308 m
26_Herbetet 3778m 53_Punta di Acque Rosse 2952m
27_La Gran Serra 3552m 54_Punta Nera 3064m

West-East Ridge_a

In black: summits   In blue: passes   In underscored bold: summits posted on SP (linked to their related page)


  • Col di Rhême-Calabre
The ridge continues westwards, along the French-Italian border, with Pointe Calabre 3445m, Pointes du Quarre Dessus 3491-3460m, Pointe Tsantaleina 3605m and Pointe de la Goletta 3245m
  • Roc du Fond 3351m
  • Col du Fond 3081m
  • Roc Basagne:
    Peak SE  3222m
    Peak NW 3220m
  • Col Basagne 3110m
  • Punta Galisia 3346m

West-East Ridge_b


  • Punta Galisia 3346m
  • Rocca Bianca 2703m
  • Colle Agnel 2508m
  • Colle di Nivolet 2612m

West-East Ridge_c



  • Colle di Nivolet 2612m
  • Rocce del Nivolet 2760m
  • Costa di Mentà 2819m
  • Punta Violetta 3031m
  • Colle di Ferauda 2926m
photo_id=142720 by besucher01In the past it was also named Colle del Gias di Beu: it connects Valsavarenche (Nivolet) with valle dell'Orco (Chiapili)
  • Colle di Punta Fourà 3124m
photo_id=132300 photo_id=145917 by DiegoIt is an unusual pass, since pratically connects three sides, Nivolet and Vallone di Seiva in Valsavarenche, and also valle dell'Orco (Gias di Beu)
  • Cima S. di Seiva 3200m
photo_id=132323 photo_id=129424 by AntonioA ridge starts northwards separating Piano del Nivolet and Vallone di Seiva:
  • photo_id=77916 by Antonio photo_id=129427 by AntonioColle di Seiva 3037 m
  • Cima N. di Seiva 3075m
  • Monte Giansana 3047m
  • Gran Collet 2832m
  • Cima dell'Arolley 2996m
  • Punta Fourà 3411m
In the past its slopes were almost completely covered with glaciers, now going to disappear
  • Mare Pércia 3385m
photo_id=131037 photo_id=132302 At the end of the South ridge of Mare Pércia, Colle della Terra 2911m separates it from the following Punta Rocchetta 2922m
  • Colle Occidentale (W.)
    del Grant Etret 3144m
  • Testa del Grant Etret

A ridge starts southwards:
  • Colle della Porta 3002m
  • La Cuccagna 3175m
  • Colle di Courmaon 3077m
  • Cima di Courmaon 3162m; and, beyond it, there are also:
  • La Ciarma 2552m
  • Colle Sià 2274m
  • La Merola 2251m
photo_id=119330 The southern rocky side of La Merola, otherwise grassy on the northern side, is named Parete di Balma Fiorant and consists of the famous walls:
El Sergent, El Caporal, Parete delle Aquile
  • Colle Orientale (E.)
    del Grant Etret 3150 m
  • Denti del Broglio:

    South 3454m /
    Central 3420 m /
    North 3390m
  • Colletto di Monciar 3297m
  • Colle del Ciarforon 3317m

A ridge starts southwards:
  • Colle della Torre 3185m
  • La Torre 3225m
  • Piccola Torre 3225m
  • Bocchetta 2820m; then the ridge turns eastwards:
  • Cresta di Ciamousseretto 2837 / 2784 / 2706m
  • Punta di Ciamousseretto 2488m
  • Colle di Moncorvè 3294m

A ridge starts, directed mainly south-west:
  • Bocchetta 3228m
  • Bocchetta di Goui 3139m
  • Cresta dei Prosces 3223-3112-2912-2879m
  • Bocchetta del Ges 2692m
  • Becco dell'Alpetto 2801m
  • Bocchetta dell'Alpetto 2570m
  • Monte Castello 2612m
  • Colle del Gran Paradiso 3345m
A ridge starts westwards, separating Gran Paradiso and Laveciau Glaciers, and terminates with Testa di Moncorvè 2964m
  • Colle della Becca di Moncorvè 3851m
  • il Roc 4026m


West-East Ridge_d


Identification of summits, passes and glaciers belonging to part of the watershed Valnontey-Valle dell'Orco.
View from Lucio and Lionello Leonessa fixed bivouac 2910m

Profile of the head of VALNONTEY



15 - Colle di Money 3443m d - Ghiacciaio di Money
16 - Campanile di Money 3540m e - Ghiacciaio del Gran Crou
17 - Testa di Money 3572m f - Ghiacciaio della Tribolazione
18 - Becco della Pazienza 3606m  
19 - Punta Elter 3603m  
20 - I Gemelli 3610m / 3618m  
21 - Roccia Viva 3650m  
22 - Colle Baretti 3432m  
23 - Becca di Gay 3621m  
24 - Colle di Gran Crou 3315m  
25 - Gran Crou 3437m  
26 - Testa di Valnontey 3562m  
27 - Testa della Tribolazione 3642m  
28 - Colle della Luna 3542m  
29 - Punta di Ceresole 3777m  
30 - Colle Chamonin 3698m  
  • il Roc 4026m
  • Colle dell'Ape 3873m
  • Colle Chamonin 3698m
photo_id=134573 photo_id=143923 Its southern spur disappears under Noaschetta glacier, then reappears forming the not very prominent summit of Drei Vert 3202m

  • Colle della Luna 3542m
  • Testa della Tribolazione

A short ridge goes South East: after Colle di Noaschetta 3490m it ends with Becca di Noaschetta 3525m, hanging over Lago di Gay 2968m
  • Colle di Valnontey 3535m
  • Testa di Valnontey 3562m
  • unnamed saddle 3387m
  • Testa Gran Crou 3437m
  • Colle Gran Crou 3315m

  • A short ridge, approximately southwards, divides Ghiacciaio di Gay basin from vallone della Losa and ends with Becco della Losa 3225m
  • Starting from an intermediate point between Becca di Gay and Colle Baretti, an important ridge starts towards SSE. It is characterized from the presence, after Colle della Losa 3129m, of the four summits of Becchi della Tribolazione:
  • Becco Settentrionale 3292m
  • Punta Pergameni 3300m
  • Becco Centrale 3316m
  • Becco Meridionale della Tribolazione 3360m.
    • Here a secondary ridge starts eastwards, ending with Punta delle Carnere 2857m
  • After Colle dei Becchi 2990m and Blanc Giuir 3222m, the main ridge follows southwards with Trasen Rosso 3060m, Bocchetta della Drosa 2675m , Gran Carro 2988m and Punta del Carro 2777m.
    • A secondary ridge starting from Blanc Giuir goes westwards, ending with Torri del Blanc Giuir 2724m.
  • Colle Baretti 3432m
  • Gemelli della Roccia Viva:
    W. 3618m / E. 3610m
  • Punta Elter 3603m
  • Becco della Pazienza 3606m
  • Testa di Money 3572m
A short ridge goes southwards, dividing the upper part of Roccia Viva glacier from Piano delle Agnelere:
  • Bocchetta di Monte Nero 3278m
  • Monte Nero3422m
  • Colle di Money 3443m

West-East Ridge_e

Watershed VALEILLE-VALLE dell'ORCO_ from Colle di Money to Punta delle Sengie

  • Colle di Money 3443m
  • Colle di Teleccio 3304m
  • Punta d'Ondezana 3492m
  • Punta Scatiglion
    W. 3439m / E. 3407m
A long ridge starts southwards:
  • Bocchetta Settentrionale (N.) di Ciardonei 3310m
  • Punta di Teleccio 3372m
  • Bocchetta Meridionale (S.) di Ciardoney 3250m
  • Becco di Valsoera 3369m
  • Punta di Cialma Nova 2815m
  • Punta di Fioni 2384m
  • Bocchetta 3270m
An unnamed saddle separates Punta Scatiglion from Cima Occidentale (W) di Valeille
  • Cima Occidentale (W)
    di Valeille 3357m
A very complex group of chains starts here towards South and SE
  • Colle di Chardoney 3152m
  • Piccola Uia di Chardoney 3328m

Here the chain forks

Going southwards:
  • Punta Settentrionale (N.) di Valsoera 3234m
  • Punta Meridionale (S.) di Valsoera 3206m
  • Bocchetta dei Ronchi 2917m
  • Punta di Motta 2916m
Going instead first eastwards and then southwards:
  • Colle delle Uie 3224 m
  • Grande Uia di Ciardonei 3325m
  • Punta Gialin 3270m
  • Moncimour 3167 m
  • Monte Destrera 2596m
  • Cialma Linsor 2436 m
    • South of Punta Gialin, worth mentioning are:
      Piata di Lazin 3055m
      Costa Vargnei 2838m / 2717m
      Punta Lazin 2737m and
      Monte Colombo 2848m
    • Colle Occidentale (W)
      di Valeille 3200m
    • Cima Centrale
      di Valeille 3319m
    • Cima Orientale (E)
      di Valeille 3296m
    • Colle Orientale (E)
      di Valeille 3188m
    • Colle Inferiore
      delle Sengie 3200m
    • Ago delle Sengie 3384m
    • Colle Superiore
      delle Sengie 3338m
    • Punta delle Sengie 3408m

    Watershed VALEILLE-VALLE dell'ORCO_ from Punta delle Sengie to Grande Arolla

    • Punta delle Sengie 3408m
    • Colle della Roccia Azzurra 3175m
    • Roccia Azzurra 3308m
    • Colle Monveso 3156m
    It connects Ghiacciaio delle Sengie (NW) with Piano della Valletta (SE)
    • Monveso di Forzo 3322m
    A short ridge starts towards SE:
    • Colle Valletta 2645m
    • Punta Rossa 2707m
    • Colle di Forzo 3169m
    • Punta di Forzo 3296m

    • Col della Muraille Rouge 3183m
    • Grande Arolla 3246m

    West-East Ridge_f


    • Grande Arolla 3246m
    photo_id=131103 by Gangolf 
    • Colle di Bardoney 2833m
    • La Lavinetta 3016m
    • Torre di Lavina:
       S. 3308m / N. 3274m
    From the summit of Torre di Lavina three important ridges start: in addition to the main ridge (SW and North directions), a third ridge goes SE:
    • Colle della Cadrega 2756m
    • Cima del Cavallo 2847m
    • Bocchetta Vallotta 2603m
    • Punta Tressi 2865m
    • Bocchetta Cucco 2461m
    • Cima Fer 2621 m

    West-East Ridge_g


    • Torre di Lavina:
       S. 3308m / N. 3274m
    Just after Torre di Lavina, a ridge separating Bardoney and Acque Rosse valleys starts northwards in correspondence of an unnnamed summit 3133m:
    • Punta di Acque Rosse 2952m
    • Punta Rossa 2690 m
    • Colle di Acque Rosse 2947m
    • Bocchetta del Rancio
    • Punta del Rancio 2995m

    • Bocchetta della Scaletta 2850m
    • Punta della Scaletta 3018m
    • Punta Nera 3064m

    West-East Ridge_h


    • Punta Nera 3064m
    • Colle Miserino 2850m
    • Punta Miserino 3004m

    West-East Ridge_i


    • Punta Miserino 3004m
    • Testa dell'Arietta 3001m
    • Colle dell'Arietta 2939m
    Also called Colle della Nouva; used by the pilgrims going from Cogne to San Besso sanctuary
    • Testa della Nouva 3031m
    • Cima di Peradza 3019m
    A secondary ridge going northwards, after Bec Costazza 3092m, ends with Finestra di Champorcher 2828m

    West-East Ridge_j


    • Cima di Peradza 3019m
    • Colle della Balma 2936m
    • Punta dell'Asgelas 3021m
    • Colle della Rosa 2957m
    • Rosa dei Banchi 3164m

    photo_id=140814 by maria graziaAfter Rosa dei Banchi the main ridge continues eastwards with Cima Beccher 2945m and Bec Pragelas 2908m.
    Another ridge goes soutwards:
    • Punta della Borra 2646m
    • Colle della Borra 2578m
    • Punta dell'Orletta 2969m



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