Grande Chenalette

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 45.87900°N / 7.15730°E
Additional Information Route Type: Scramble / Ferrata
Additional Information Time Required: Half a day
Additional Information Difficulty: KS2-C
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The Pointe de Drône is located a little west of the pass of Gd. St. Bernard on the border between Italy and Switzerland. The trailhead therefore is on top of the pass at 2469m of altitude. To get there be sure to miss the tunnel - you need to get to the top!

 Mont Fourchon 2902m Lac de Fenêtre 2512m Mont Telliers 2951m Col du Bastillon 2757m Dent du Grand Lé 2884m Pointe de Drône 2949m Montagna Baux 2373m Lac de Fenêtre 2498m Petite Chenalette2885m Mont Mort 2867m Col du Grand Saint Bernard 2469m Pain de Sucre 2919m Grande Chenalette 2889m Col Fenêtre de Ferret 2697m Lac de Fenêtre 2457m Petit Lé 2581m Les Lacerandes 2777m Col des Chevaux 2716m Tête Fenêtre 2823m m Grand Lé 2554m

Interactive overview map of the Pointe de Drône area (thanks to livioz)

Route Description

Altitude gain: 550m
Duration: 2h
Trailhead: Gd. St. Bernhard

The normal ascent starts directly at the Pass of Gd. St. Bernhard at the hospice on the swiss side of the pass directly behind the dog kennels (anybody heard of St. Bernhards dogs? They are bred here).

From the kennels you first climb a former skiing hill (an old lift is still standing but out of use). A little further on you reach a concrete platform from which beautiful views open towards Mont Blanc and Grandes Jorasses. This is the last rest before the ferrata to Gran Chenalette starts The ferrata is beautifully kept - there is no need for any special equipment you rather see too many ladders and cables.

From Grand Chenalette (2889m) follow the ridge towards Pointe de Drône and enjoy the views of the giants around you.

The route can be combined with the route via Fenêtre de Ferret. From the Fenêtre you can descend to the Lacs de Ferret and do a round trip over a couple of other passes or head for Pain du Sucre to climb tht one as well (the ascent doesn't take more than an hour).

Essential Gear

Though a ferrata, normal hiking gear is sufficient.



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