The analysis of this last great valley does not differ much from the previous ones. The Valley La Thuile can certainly be regarded as a queen among those orographic Southern about downhill skiing; In fact, a
huge stretches over the Tourist Village Les Suches to connect also in La Rosière in Haute Tarentaise. With regard to the Eastern side, we recommend that the ascent to the Refuge Albert Deffeyes, or towards East Ussellettes Lochs, the beginning of the great glaciers that Rutor certainly not suited to this discipline. Then we go to
on the opposite side, or in those great spaces that stretch from the Great Assaly
towards the North-northwest in the direction of Valaisan and the Little Saint Bernard Hill; further and further to the North of the same long parallel vallons are directed towards Pointe Léchaud
, but in winter are very exposed to avalanches. We prefer to avoid sending them back, if anything, to hiking in summer. Instead, we
on the Vallons Bellecombe and Tachuy with their beautiful lakes and in the wild of Ponteilles from Les Suches door to the crest watershed Belvedere/Bella Valletta/Mount Valaisan. The small range of Fréduazs
stands between these two areas just mentioned above. Many are the routes so-called
and some basic ones that lend themselves to multiple variants; the ascent to the Mont Valaisan can be considered as Exceptional Via, both the length (not excessive in relation to Bella Valletta) for problem situations that can be reserved at the end in case of snow. A trip in itself can be considered as immediately a separate entrance to the Vallon of Crammont
or of Praz.
La Thuile, adjacent to Valdisère/Haute Tarentaise (France), Veny Valley-La Lex Blanche Vallon, Arpy Basin and Valgrisenche.
It reaches from La Rosière (1808m) through Little Saint Bernard Hill (2188m). From Pré Saint Didier (1017m) or Morgex (920m) Communes through San Carlo Hill (1960m). From La Thuile Municipality (1484m) to La Joux (1646m) or to La Suche Resort (2145m); also to Village Tourist Center Little St. Bernard.
From La Suche de Cantamont Resort to Mont Crammont
Important Note: by snowshoes on average doubling the time of route and raise a grade about to the difficulties.
1)- n° 1:
from La Thuile, with State Road of Little Saint Bernard towards the alternatives 1972 metres on Main Road (below Tête de Tsargian 2708m) and 1990 metres (to Combemar and "Fourclaz Express"
ski lift) metres, where completely reversing direction with a long East straight to Les Suches de Cantamont Resort (2145m; stone fountain near a small parking). From this, through dirt road in Southwest, passing under three ski lifts and abandoning North the little watershed Terre Noire (2419m)/Chaz-Duraz (2579m), to third fork 2402 metres, neighbor the arrival of "Argillen Express"
. Continue on dirt private road, discarding left another, up to the following cross in Bedalla Tableland (2465m; yellow signal); leaving Southwest the road to Fourclaz (2486m), Mont Belvedere Hill and Summit (2568m, 2641m), through path decisively in South with short descent to subsequent vallon floor in Suche Tableland; tourning East through a diagonal ramp and doubling a rocky small buttress enter into a following Ponteilles Vallon, in the upper part. Changing direction completely again and the trail turns into a good military muletrack, reached a more steep section of debris-blocks (possibility snow presence) will gradually go below the ridge. Continuing to the South and crossing two altitudes (2731m, 2710m) reaches a grassy-rocky small shoulder (2767m) and immediately after Bella Valletta Summit (2811m)
with small and occulted bunkers, above Ponteilles Vallon (F; 3h '00/3h '15
"Free spaces, no more cross-linked ...",
2)- n° 2: from La Suche de Cantamont towards Bedalla Tableland and following Bella Valletta through preceding route; from this, with easy, short descent, to following large Saddle (2743m). Bending progressively West and, always through military muletrack just under the crest and crossing amongst various boulders, to terminal part on Eastern Slope. Here the trail becomes narrow and steep path and, passing near a bunker, with a short crossing to the South goes over a tiny rocky-grassy promontory; continue through a small rocky spur reaching the conclusive part. Generally, the route ends on the Southeast Ridge (signal output at the Top), which descends the Grand Glacier Pass (2809m; alternative route through traverse from previous saddle and crossing on Mont Valaisan Glacier with numerous dangerous crevasses in Northern border) below Western Mont Fréduaz or Pointe de la Louie Blanche (2932m). But in high snow presence (sometimes the rocks are covered with big sticks of ice) should bypass the small turret final with a delicate crossing on the Northern Slope and, finally, to Mont Valaisan
; F+; 4h '00/4h '15
"Mont Blanc Mountain Chain from Chaz-Duraz",
3)- n° 3 and n° 4: from La Suche-Cantamont, previous routes in Southwest, to:
Variant n° 3
alternative 2402 metres, below Grande Tête (2379m); from fork, through dirt road in North and crossing under the two ski lifts "Chaz Duraz Express/Chaz Duraz"
to upper alternative (2527m; junction of three dirt roads). Finally, through diagonals South/North, up to the Mount Chaz-Duraz (2579m)
; even path-traces on crest from Terre Noire, on small watershed above Fourclaz Pass in Southwest and Les Suches in Northeast (T; 1h '15/1h '30
Variant n° 4:
from the first alternative just after Cantamont, with dirt road in West-northwest, to arrival of ski lift "Chalet"
; from this continue and, through a small trace on South Slope and in North, to little Summit of Terre Noire
; E/T; 1h '00/1h '15
), at the end of watershed from Mont Belvedere; Fourclaz Pass/Mont Chaz-Duraz.
"Then it declines towards the Little Saint Bernard Hill ...",
4)- n° 5: from Le Suche-Cantamont to Bedalla and Suche Tablelands (2465m), with previous routes; from fork 2465 metres continue on dirt road and in West to an upper small saddle (2516m; to Lac de Touriasse and Plan Abondance below Little Saint Bernard Hill). Tourning Southwest through the same to Belvedere Hill (2568m; junction with route from ski lift "Little Saint Bernard"
); from this, in a short time on South Slope, to Monte Belvedere Hill (2568m) and Monte Belvedere
; F; 2h '30/2h '15
), above Verney Lake (2088m) and nearby Little Saint Bernard Hill.
5)- n° 6:
from La Joux and following parking (1646m, 1603m; triple signals no passage on three different dirt roads; restaurant) continue South-southeast through muletrack Alta Via number 2 along Ruitor Torrent and towards First Rutor Waterfall (about 1700 metres), Parcet (1770m), Plan Fruitier (1820m around; source; "Belvedere"
just above in Southwest) Pastures, Second and Third Waterfall (1996m) to subsequent double forks (2108m; from a mini narrowing with signals, in West to Bellecombe Vallon and two magnificent Lakes; 2197m; in South, with more small path, to Seracs Lake 2387m). Leaving the two last and from the first cross go East to Alpage du Glacier neighbor the homonym Lake (2158m, source; 2140m) and, through semicircular route to Rutor Alp and just following Albert Deffeyes Refuge
; near fork towards Ussellettes Vallon, continuing on Alta Via; M-; 3h '00/3h '15
"On route toward Albert Deffeys Shelter ...",
6)- n° 7: from fork 2108 metres, changing in Southwest, through a good path along Belle Combe Torrent and leaving North the deviation towards Comba Sozin Loch (2081m), to an isolated and unnamed alp (around 2300m; semi-ruined) preceding two next Bellecombe Lochs
; E/F; 2h '15/2h '30
), below Monts Fréduaz Range.
7)- n° 8 and n° 9:
from the junction of two Belle Combe Lakes, tourning decisively South through a small path, to various splendid Tachuy Lochs (2550m, 2569m)
, between Grande Assaly/Mount Favre (F; 3h '15/3h '30
Variant n° 9:
from Belle Combe Lakes continue West-southwest through small path on vallon floor to easy La Lex Blanche Hill (2570m)
, between Serre Pass (2705m)/Tête du Charvet (2742m; F; 3h '15/3h '30
from La Joux).
"Even the snow shoes not can scratch & damage this Peace ...",
8)- n° 10 and 11: from La Joux with dirt road towards unnamed pasture 1862 metres; after through small path in southwest to Maisonnettes Torrent and subsequent Pasture (1864m); from this continue South crossing on Comba Chousa to Comba Thuilette reaching the path from Alp Ponteille to Lake Sozin. Tourning right reach a small grassy-rocky crest near the altitude 2368 metres
; thriugh this to Mont Thuilette (2428m)
(E/F; 2h '00/2h '30
Variant n° 11:
from La Joux Alp (1646m; signal no passage), with short dirt road in Southeast, to unnamed and isolated pasture 1682 metres at the end of the same; changing direction in North, through a small path, to Arnouva Dèsott. From tyis, abandoning in North the deviation to Posaz Pasture and through better path before in Southwest towards Maison Grange Pasture (1938m; source), Arnouvaz Damon Alpage (1975m), after more in West, discarding a little detour to the Cerellaz Pasture, towards Ponteilles Alp (2060m)
in Ponteilles Vallon (E/F; 1h '30/1h '45
"Ascending on Mont Thuilette below three Monts Fréduaz",
9)- n° 12: from Pré Saint Didier near "Station Thermal"
(1017m), with Regional Road in South, towards three tunnels, to Elévaz Hamlet (1302m; + "Notre Dame de la Visitation"
Chapel); leaving the same and with Municipal Road in North to Torrent small Village (1344m; signal no transit), at the beginning of Plan Praz Vallon. From this continue North and towards Quiedroz Désott (1464m) and Damon Pastures (1386m) again reach the private dirt farms road nearby Chamossin Pasture (1564m). With a large tour North/Southwest on dirt road to attain Maisonnettes Pasture (1714m; even path shortcut) and in North Chanton Alpages (1817m; source); again changing South, to reach the following Alps of Mialey (1868; source). Continue North/South on dirt road into Chanton Forest and, leaving right (North-northeast) the good path to Mont or Becca de Nona (2106m), reach Plan Praz Alp (2099m), at the end of private dirt farms road. Before through path in West, along the torrent, and after tourning North get on Eastern round grassy Crest of Mont Crammont (2737m)
in altitude around 2450 metres; by the same, which merges with East-southeastern wide Slope (** very exposed
to snowslides and avalanches in case of too high or unprocessed), through path easy but progressively steep to Top (great Virgin Mary statue; "Pavillon de Saussure"
ruins) (E/F; 4h '00/4h '15
). Ability to reach, after a short ridge hike in the Southwest, the near Tête du Grand Mont, slightly higher.
"Even in Winter ... but ...",
by m g Schiapparelli
*** Footnote: this peak has been reached for the first time by the famous Genevan Naturalist Horace de Saussure
in 1774 and in 1778; Section C.A.I. of Aosta built a shelter on the Top in 1880. Having become very popular for its great views over the Mount Blanc Mountain Chain, was also climbed by Queen Margherita of Italy
, August 16, 1886 accompanied by Guide Courmayeur Henry Séraphin. Hut now only ruins near a trigonometric signal near the Summit.
"Mont Crammont at dawn",
**** Technical climbing remark: it is besides possible to access the true Summit of this mountain (Tête du Grand-Mont 2748/9m; around 120 metres more to the Southwest), which lies just to the South, with an easy crossing on grass tracks and a short passage, after a brief descent to a carving with no good rocks; easily but exposed more to the Northwest (a quarter hour later, half hour
for the round trip from nearby Mont Crammont).
"From Crammont to Mount Blanc Mountain Chain",
by self-timer photo
10)- n° 13 (dirt road/paths): up to here (Mialey) with a ride on the private road off to the West through two isolated and unnamed Pastures (1405m, 1533m) and through the Alps Combembey (1506m); after a subsequent winding road and through a shortcut to Maisonnettes. From this two possibilities: 1)-
dirt road in West to Chanton Alp
; 2)- directly through path to Mialey Alp
(E/F; a quarter hour more or less
, depending on the route chosen).