Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 45.47310°N / 7.07356°E
Activities Activities: Mountaineering
Additional Information Elevation: 10994 ft / 3351 m
Sign the Climber's Log


Great mountain in the form of dome (cathedral) in valley head; reduced for Tsanteleina (3.601m), Punta Calabre (3.445m) and Granta Parei (3.387m). Good ascent, but not much popular. Excellent views over Rhêmes Valley and the glaciers.
Grande montagna a forma di duomo alla testata della Valle di Rhêmes; ridimensionata dalla vette della Tsanteleina (3.601 m), Punta Calabre (3.445 m) e Granta Parei (3.387 m). Bella escursione, ma poco frequentata. Buon panorama sulla Valle di Rhêmes e i suoi ghiacciai.

First Ascents

  • First on the summit (W Slope from Isere Valley): N. Dulong de Rosnay and mountain guide Victor Mangard, (Aug 12th, 1888).
  • In winter: Unknown.
  • NW Arête: W. B. A. Coolidge and mountain guide Christian Almer Junior, (Aug 31th, 1889).
  • N Face (Direct Route): Lorenzo Rossi di Montelera and mountain guide Beniamino Henry, (Jul 27th, 1969).
  • N Face (Left Route): Aldo Bonacossa and Giacomo Chiara, (Aug 1939).
  • N-NE Edge: Osvaldo Cardellina solo, (Jul 24th, 2007).
  • E Crest (From Fond Pass): Lorenzo Rossi di Montelera and mountain guide Beniamino Henry, (Jul 24th, 1964).

Getting There

  • From France, through the Mont Blanc Tunnel or the Col du Petit Saint Bernard: you can drive on SS.26, following directions for Aosta and, before arriving in Villeneuve, turn right towards Introd. Alternatively, you can take Motorway A5 (at Courmayeur or Morgex) and exit at Aosta Ovest.
  • From all the other directions: get to the Aosta Ovest exit of Motorway A5. Then drive on SS.26 Aosta, in the direction of Courmayeur; just after Villeneuve turn left towards Introd.
  • Aeroporto "Corrado Gex" Saint Christophe (Aosta).
Enter the valley and, at the fork between Valsavarenche and Val di Rhêmes turn to the right (Rhêmes). Cross all the villages to arrive to Rhêmes Notre Dame and follow to Thumel (car parking), herefrom, following the dirt road on the right side (ascending) of the valley, or, better with snow, a track on the left that passing throught some fine woods leads you to the Rifugio Benevolo (2.285m).


From Federico Benevolo Refuge (2.285m) before after by Northwest direction after South and by path (13c) to reach to te Granta Parei Lake (2.570m~) and to Tsanteleina Lake (2.696m); by Tsanteleina Glacier to climb by glaciers to Rhêmes Pass (3.075m) and by easy West slope to summit (3h'00/4h'00).
Dal Rifugio Federico Benevolo (2.285 m) prima con direzione NW, poi Sud e con il sentiero (13c) salire al Lago della Granta Parei (2.570 m circa) e al successivo di Tsanteleina (2.696 m); tramite il Ghiacciaio di Tsanteleina portarsi al Colle di Rhêmes (3.075 m) e per il facile versante Ovest alla cima (3h'30/4h'00).


Remember that free camping is forbidden (except for emergency reasons, over 2.500m, from darkness until dawn).


This route can be considered F.
L'itinerario è classificato F.

Equipment for the Route

Standard mountaineering equipment. Rope, ice axe and crampons.
Corda, Picozza e ramponi.


 Roc du Fond

Rifugio Gian Federico Benevolo

Red Tape

The Eastern side of the valley belongs to Gran Paradiso National park, the Western one is out of the boundaries of the Park ... but nature must be respected.


Remember that free camping is forbidden (except for emergency reasons, over 2.500m, from darkness until dawn).

Mountain Conditions

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


  • WEBCAM on Aosta Valley:
  • Webcam

Books and Maps

  • "Guida delle Alpi Occidentali" di Giovanni Bobba e Luigi Vaccarone C.A.I. Sezione di Torino Volume II (parte II), 25 Maggio 1896.
  • "Guida dei Monti d'Italia-Alpi Graie Centrali" di Alessandro Giorgetta 1985.
  • "Guida della Regione Autonoma Valle d'Aosta" di Mario Aldrovandi, Ed. S.P.E. di Carlo Fanton, Torino 31 Dicembre 1964.
  • "Rifugi e bivacchi in Valle d'Aosta", di Cosimo Zappelli aggiornata da Pietro Giglio, Musumeci Editore, Luglio 2002.
  • "Diari Alpinistici" di Osvaldo Cardellina e Indice Generale accompagnato da Schedario Relazioni Ascensioni 1964-2019 (inediti).
  • Kompass "Gran Paradiso Valle d'Aosta Sentieri e Rifugi" Carta Turistica 1:50.000.
  • Enrico Editore Ivrea-Aosta "Gruppo del Gran Paradiso" 1:50.000.
  • I.G.C. Istituto Geografico Centrale Carta dei sentieri e dei rifugi "Valsavarenche-Val di Rhêmes-Valgrisenche" 1:25.000.

Important Information

Useful numbers

  • Protezione Civile Valdostana località Aeroporto 7/A Saint Christophe (Ao) Tel. 0165-238222.
  • Bollettino Meteo (weather info) Tel. 0165-44113.
  • Unità Operativa di Soccorso Sanitario Tel. 118.


I am greatly indebted to my friend "Osva" for the detailed description of the route.