Mont Torretta/La Torretta 2538 m
As its name says, Mont Torretta aka La Torretta is a massive tower in the Aosta Valley and belonging to the Emilius-Rosa dei Banchi group. Located within the beautiful Monte Avic Natural Park, south of the Rifugio Barbustel, on the watershed between the Champorcher and Chalamy Valleys, it's a minor peak, but worthy of being climbed due to the beauty of the itinerary and the exceptional panorama. It's not a famous summit, but it's climbed rather frequently.
The standard climb to the top starts from the Colle del Lago Bianco on the path joining Valle di Champorcher with the Rifugio Barbustel. The top is surmounted by two stone cairns and towards the North offers an exceptional view of the Monte Rosa group, the Matterhorn and the Dent d'Herens and the underlying territory of the Park with the clearly visible lakes and the Rifugio Barbustel. Towards the other directions the look can range over the Val d'Ayas and the Champorcher valley with the Rosa dei Banchi.
Take the A5 Motorway and exit Pont Saint Martin, then continue on the road SS26 toward Hone-Bard. Here leave the main road and turn to left on the road SR2 entering the Valle di Champocher, and follow the signposts to Champorcher. The road steeply rises with some hairpins, pass Pontboset then stretches in the valley towards Champorcher. The road reachs Champorcher and more precisely the Castello hamlet. Near a bend in the village take a paved road on the right, following the signposts to Mont Blanc and Dondena. After passing the hamlet of Mont Blanc, continue until you reach a parking lot along the road at about 1775 m, where it starts the path to the Rifugio Barbustel. There is a visible panel of the Parco Mont Avic, with a parking lot on the left, where it's possible to leave the car.
Summit altitude: 2538 m
Difference in level: 760 m
Starting point: road to Dondena pass Mont Blanc
Short, easy and profitable itinerary that in dry condition doesn't oppose particular difficulties, but requires a certain ease with the progression on rock. The standard climb to the top starting from the Colle del Lago Bianco is short and easy, but requires a certain ease with the progression on rock.
From the parking lot, take the clearly visible path that starts steeply on the right side of the road and climbs up with a few bends in the coniferous forest, passing by a 1847 m hut. Cross a wooden walkway and continue to the left of a stream in view of the Gran Cort hut. A little further on, a path indicated by a sign will be left on the right and at a second junction, leave the path on the left coming out into the open near the refuge at Lake Muffé 2076 m. To the left of the hut there is a well-marked crossroads with yellow marks where you continue to the right towards the Colle del Lago Bianco. Mont Torretta is now clearly visible in front of us. The parh leads below the wide saddle of Colle del Lago Bianco, which is reached directly. Our goal is now on the left, sharp, slender and inviting.
From the col turn sharply to the left (west) and begin to follow the eastern ridge of the mountain on a not very obvious trail that runs along a wide ridge. The route, marked by some cairns, becomes increasingly steep and approaches the rocky section on big boulders. Once you reach the final smooth rocks, climb overcome over to the left with some easy climbing steps to the panoramic summit.
Descent: reversiong the same route. Once at the Colle del Lago Bianco it is highly recommended a short digression to the Barbustel Refuge which is reached downhill from the col.
Normal high mountain equipment, including mountain boots.
No fees no permits required. Mont Torretta is located inside the protected area of Parco Naturale Monte Avic.
The best period goes from June to October.
B&B, agriturismo and hotel in the Valley of Champorcher.
Situation: near the lakes Blanc, Noir, Cornu and Vallette
Size: 40 persons
Open: from the last Saturday of June until the first Sunday of September. For other periods contact the guardion. The winter hut, open only by reservation, can accommodate up to 6 people
Guardian: Finco Naldo, Pont St. Martin (AO)
Hut phone: 0166/510001
Mobile phone: 347/7892089
Guardian phone: 0125/804604
"Emilius - Rosa dei Banchi" - Parco del M. Avic - G. Berutto, L. Fornelli - Collana Guide dei Monti d'Italia CAI-TCI
"Dal Monviso al Sempione" - R. Aruga, C. Poma CDA.
Map: L’Escursionista Editore n.11 Valle di Champorcher, Parco Monte Avic