Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Lat/Lon: 45.68574°N / 6.85598°E
Elevation: 9603 ft / 2927 m


Going along the winding road that from the village of La Thuile (1441 m) leads to Petit Saint Bernard Pass (2188 m) by countless hairpin bends, you arrive in view of the pleasant Verney lake (2089 m). Here your attention will be caught by the dominating rocky summit, above the lower green Crête de Verney (2652 m).
It's the sharp Lancebranlette (2927 m), seemingly rather unaccessible from this side.

But if you follow up to the pass (2188 m), cross the frontier and begin the descent towards La Rosière (1942 m) as far as the ancient Hospice building, not far from the pass, looking towards Lancebranlette you'll find out a very easier approach to the summit through the grassy southern slope.

unnamed summit 2956 m Pointe Lechaud 3127 m
Pointe des Glaciers 3023 m Pointe Fornet 3066 m Col du Petit Saint Bernard 2188 m Pointe Rousse 2620 mBec des Rousses 2937 m Lancebranlette 2927 mMont Miravidi 3086 mPointe du Lac sans Fond 2885 m Lac Verney 2088 m Mont Lechaud 2805 mCol di Chavannes 2608 m Aiguille de l'Hermite 3015 mle Lac sans Fond 2456 m Mont Fourclaz 2966 mhospice 2160 mLa Thuile 1441 mMont Ouille 3099 m
Interactive map: flying with the mouse pointer over the spots, their names and heights are shown

[1] Lancebranlette (2927 m) is the first summit of the chain that, starting in correspondence of the Petit Saint Bernard Pass (2188 m), follows towards NNW with the contiguous
[2] Bec des Rousses (2937 m). Then arrives at
[3] Mont Fourclaz (2966 m), where a secondary ridge culminating in
[4] the Pointe du Lac sans Fond (2885 m) comes from South. The main ridge follows with
[5] the Aiguille de l'Hermite (3015 m), where a secondary ridge starts towards East:
[6] the Pointe Rousse (2620 m) dominates the zone of the Tormotta's lakes. The principal chain arrives at
[7] Mont Miravidi (3086 m), from which another ridge goes towards East, dividing what is left of the glaciers d'Arguerey and du Breuil, and culminates in
[8] the Pointe des Glaciers (3023 m). The main chain continues firstly towards North, then turns NNE before
[9] Pointe Lechaud (3127 m), the highest point of the ridge, from which another important ridge starts in the direction SE, dividing the glaciers du Breuil e des Chavannes.The maxima heights are:
[10] Pointe Fornet (3066 m) and
[11] Mont Ouille (3099 m).
After the Pointe Lechaud, in correspondence of
[12] an unnamed summit (2956 m), the main ridge leaves the border between France and Italy and, turning towards NE direction, after
[13] Mont Lechaud (2805 m) ends at the
[14] Col di Chavannes (2608 m), on the ridge between Vallone di Chavannes and Val Veny.

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The entire route develops without any difficulty: the last part consists in a winding pathway along the grassy southern slope of Lancebranlette.
Notwithstanding its secluded position with respect to some important mountain groups of the Aosta valley, the view from the summit is magnificent, since it embraces also important mountains of the Savoie, in addition to the near Mont Blanc and Rutor groups.
Just under the top, next to a curious "long-legged" bench, the Touring Club de France posed in the year 1913 an orientation table with the profiles of the surrounding summits, in addition to their heights.

Getting there

  • From Bourg St-Maurice follow the RN90 that, after La Rosière,leads to the Petit Saint Bernard Pass: stop at the parking near the Hospice building.

    Get Prè Saint Didier (1017 m)
  • from Mont Blanc tunnel through Courmayeur
  • from Aosta by the SS26 or the motorway A5 (exit Morgex or Courmayeur)

  • Follow the road SS26 that, by many hairpin bends in a pleasant wood, gets over the difference in height with the lateral hanging valley of La Thuile. After a tunnel the slope firstly decreases, then increases again before entering in La Thuile (1447 m).Here the road starts the long ascent as far as the Petit Saint Bernard Pass (2188 m). Go across the French border and stop at the parking near the Hospice building.

    All around view

    The principal point of interest for Lancebranlette consists in the panorama visible both from the summit and from the route (in this last case mainly towards South).
    Here six views are reported, starting from North and going clockwise.

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    Photos annotated by Antonio Giani

    Views of Verney Lake

    Views from Monte Belvedere ( 2642 m)


    You can get meteo information at the official site of the Regione Valle d'Aosta
    Valle d'Aosta Meteo

    Books and Maps

    Alessandro Giorgetta - Valdigne, gli itinerari escursionistici - Zanichelli (1981)-in Italian
    Valdigne Mont Blanc - Les sentiers
    Map 1:50000 by Hapax (2001) - Published by Comunità Montana Valdigne Mont Blanc

    Other Photos

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