Normale at Corno Bussola

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Aosta, Italy, Europe
Route Type:
Summer, Fall
Time Required:
A long day

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Normale at Corno Bussola
Created On: Feb 21, 2006
Last Edited On: Feb 22, 2006

Trail description

Corno Bussola is not visible from Car Park and Estoul, because is located behind Monte Chiappa and Punta di Guà ridge.
Corno Bussola E ridge

Step one: head to Bieteron southern slopes where the longest chairlift ends. From car park, follow trail n. 5. (it's a kind of unpaved road). Follow "Rifugio Arp" direction. It takes about 1 hour to get at the highest side of Estoul basin (Case Palasina, 2094 mt.).
Matterhorn south face

Always on trail 5 forward to the Palasina basin, leaving Monte Bieteron rightside. A very long traverse on an unpaved road, brings to a "yellow panels pole". If you booked at Arp Hotel/Hut, go ahead on unpaved road. Forward left, always on trail 5 to get directly Alpe Palasina and then at Battaglia Lakes, the biggest and most spectacular water basin in Palasina area.
Laghi della Battaglia

From Battaglia Lakes there are several tracks to other lakes: n.3,n.4 and n.105 for Pocia Lake, Lungo Lake and Bringuez Lake. Very interesting follow n.4 trail to Col Palasina, then turn left (W direction) for a minor summit ("Punta del Lago" in some maps) if your goal is to reach Corno Bussola via ridge. Once passed Punta del Lago summit there are a couple of passage only for expert hiker. It is possible to reach Corno Bussola summit via Palasina northern watershed, but take care of some rocky passages and long way scrambling without any traced path (not recomended for elementar climbing passages, but very aereal and spectacular).
Corno Bussola

Best way for Corno Bussola is to go ahead on trail "3c" toward Pocia lake, then WNW direction, leaving lake Lungo down rightside (2h30min) far from footpath. Forward on a steep slope with landslide flanks to get to Passo Bussola (3h). This traverse could be very slippery in early season for iced snow (N exposition, crossing to Passo Bussola direction).
Laghi Battaglia

Without snow there are no further difficulties. A fixed steel rope, helps to pass a steep rocky jump situated beyond Passo Bussola. It takes about half-an-hour to hike the last, very steep indeed, but never dangerous slope to Corno Bussola summit (3h30min). A wonderful sightseen on Matterhorn, Monte Rosa group and all other major Aostan peaks is served: enjoy!

Getting There

This trail begins at car park in Estoul. Follow instructions in main Corno Bussola page.

Waypoints table

# Waypoint Lat Long Q.osl
1 Car Park in Estoul N 45.758527 E 7.769861 ab. 1815 m.
2 Case Palasina N 45.769472 E 7.763694 2094 m.
3 End of traverse under Bieteron (yellow panels fork) N 45.780416 E 7.77475 ab. 2200 m.
4 Alpe Palasina N 45.7850 E 7.770583 2406 m.
5 Laghi della Battaglia (trail passage) N 45.789138 E 7.759222 2487 m.
6 Lago Pocia (trail passage) N 45.790944 E 7.75333 2518 m.
7 Colle Bussola (Pass) N 45.792722 E 7.741194 2824 m.
8 Corno Bussola summit N 45.794611 E 7.733444 3023 m.
os Rifugio Arp N 45.78725 E 7.777111 2446 m.

Waypoint numbers are in logical sequence
os = out of sequence. This waypoint is significant for this area, but not directly involved in route description.

Essential Gear

Normal alpin gear for a long day hike.


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