It's the normal and most popular route.
-refuge des Estagnous: 3h 30m or 4h
-summit: 5h 30m or 6h
-descent from summit: 4h 30m or 5h
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We begin in the parking (970m) following GR-10 passing La Maison du Valier. We leave GR-10 in left side taking GR-transfrontier. After a nice path in the valley always in right side of the river we reach the nice waterfall of Nerech.
Crossing the bridge we walk in the steep path of left side to reach the small free hut of Caussis (1859m). We leave in right side the deviation to lakes rond and long and we walk in left side across green hillsides to reach the Refuge des Estagnous (2246m).
After a little rest in the refuge we follow the yellow paint of Valier in direction to the entry of right side of the peak. The path goes in left side with the help of some fixed metallic ropes (without problems) to reach the col de Faustin or Passe de la Balme (2620m) between Petit Valier and Mont Valier.
We turn to left side to gain with effort the last meters of Mont Valier (2838m) with two crosses and spectacular panorama.
Water but you can take more in refuge des Estagnous.
Early in the season you need crampons and ice-axe in the access to col de Faustin. The peak don't have snow in summer.
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