Mont Gele 360deg flat
Mont Gele 360 degrees "flat". This is my favourite pano shot from my collection!
Mont Gelè, 3.519 mt., located on boundary Italy-Switzerland, divide the great Conca di By area from Valpelline right sub-valley called "Comba di Crete Seche". It's a classic "high level hike" and a great ski-mountaineering trail. Mont Gelè can be climbed from Comba di Crete Seche (via Rifugio Crete Seche) and from Conca di By (via Bivacco Regondi-Gavazzi). Both ways are good for hiking and ski-mountaineering.
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Route 1 - Ruz - Via Crete Seche. Common start place: Variney village. From Turin, Milan. Leave motorway A5 in Aosta Est, then follow Grand Sant Bernard tunnel direction. Once passed the second tunnel there is Variney village. From Switzerland (Grand Saint Bernard Pass or Tunnel). Drive to Aosta direction. 4 km before arriving in Aosta, just before first tunnel, there is Variney village. Turn right for Valpelline and Place Moulin direction. From France via Mont Blanc tunnel or Petit St. Bernard pass. Follow Aosta direction via SS n.26. or Motorway A5 (get out at AOSTA OVEST, because there isn't an exit in Aosta Est driving from Aosta to Turin direction). Once reached Aosta, follow Grand St. Bernard direction. If you are on the old road for Grand St. Bernard, it joins the new one at Variney. Follow Valpelline, Place Moulin Lake direction. From Variney. Follow Valpelline, Place Moulin lake direction. Pass Valpelline and Oyace villages and head to Dzovennoz. In center Dzovennoz, turn left for Ruz. A "not well visible" wooden panel help for. Telephone number and open/close label of Rifugio Crete Seche are shown in it. Go ahead for 2,5 km, and park the car in Ruz tiny village, just before road became unpaved. Route 2 - Glassier - Via Bivacco Regondi From Variney, follow Valpelline, Place Moulin lake direction. Once passed Valpelline village, turn left to Ollomont. Go ahead to Glassier direction (follow always "main" road) until road ends. Park the car at the big ground square just befor to cross a little bridge, the real begin of "No. 6" trail. Warning: 150 meters before arriving at the park, there are a plenty of yellow panels. This is the footpath to Conca di By (By is pronounced as "(to) Be" in english).
Red TapeNo permits required, no seasonal closures, no parking pass required.
When To ClimbFrom early July until September.
Ski mountaineering: from March to early May (it depends on snow conditions)
Huts & Shelters
Via Crete Seche
1) Rifugio Crete Seche, 2.410 m. - 88 places (8 winter site) +39.0165.730030 or +39.347.0330713 (Daniele's mobile phone, hut owner)
Winter/Spring 2006: open from February 18th, only for weekend. Booking is mandatory.
More info at: www.rifugiocreteseche.com
2) Bivacco Spataro, 2.600 m. - 9 places, bad conditions. It's better to use Rifugio Crete Seche (I'm not an owner's relative!)
Via Glassier-bivacco Regondi
1) Bivacco Nino Regondi, 2.650 m. - 16 places
Best Map: Foglio 115 - La Valpelline, scale 1:30.000 - IGC (Istituto Geografico Centrale)
Useful LinksPublic transport:
Aosta - Bionaz, from Sept 09 to June 09 Aosta - Bionaz, from June 10 to Sept 08
Bus services are good for Ollomont (Glassier - Regondi) and Oyace/Bionaz (Crete Seche).
Meteo for Ollomont.
Meteo for Oyace/Bionaz