The terrain is ideal for skiing and the welcoming Benevolo hut, as well as being ideally situated, also lives up to the Aosta Valley’s reputation for excellent accommodation. In short, it has everything you need to have a great time.
The programme is designed to allow you to make the most of the area’s touring potential and two consecutive nights in the Benevolo hut ensures you have a lightweight backpack for your climbs on D1 and D2.
Day 1: Transfer from Chamonix to Val di Rhêmes via the Mont Blanc tunnel. We put on our skis at the exit from the village of Rhêmes Notre Dame (1750m). Next comes the climb up the valley to the Benevolo hut (2280m) where we stop to eat and lighten our packs. We finish off the day with the ascent of the Pointe Lavassey (2772m). Descent and first night in hut.
Vertical ascent: 1000m / Vertical descent: 500m
Day 2: Round-trip to the Pointe Calabre (3445m). Having bypassed the canyon of the Dora torrent, we ascend alongside the impressive east face of the Pointe Parei (3387m). The route now continues over the Soches glacier and a gentle slope to the summit. Lying on the border between Italy and France, the views here are superb: over the Gran Paradiso Massif on the Italian side, and the Vanoise Massif on the French side. Descent via the same route and second night in hut.
Vertical ascent: 10650m / Vertical descent: 1065m
Day 3: Destination Gran Vaudala (3272m). The views from the summit are splendid, particularly those of the Nivollet valley and the Gran Paradiso (4060m). We descend via the magnificent, untouched valley on the northern side of the Gran Vaudala. We ski to the village of Thumel, where we rejoin our route of ascent from the first day. All we need to do from here is enjoy the ski back to the car park. Transfer to Chamonix, which we reach by mid-afternoon.
Vertical ascent: 995m / Vertical descent: 995m
This programme is meant as a guide only. Depending on the abilities of the group and the conditions in the mountains, your mountain guide may alter the route.
Ability level: For people who regularly exercise/take part in sports and who have a previous ski touring experience.
Accommodation: Half-board in huts, showers.
Preparing for the trip: Our “Ski touring adviser” is available if you have any question.
Group: 4 to 6 people. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.
Equipment: File can be downloaded.
Documentation: Participants must have mountain sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up. Participants must also take valid ID with them.
Meeting and transport: Meet at 08:30 at the Compagnie des Guides office in Chamonix. Transfer by minibus to the departure point. (Participants may leave personal belongings in our office until the group returns). Return to Chamonix by minibus.
Prices 2019: 525€ per person based on minimum of 4 participants.
Included in the package:
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service,
- Half-board in mountain huts (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Transfers as per programme,
- Rental of full safety kit (avalanche transceiver/DVA, shovel, probe).
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Personal drinks in huts and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Euros),
- Cost of getting to meeting point (Chamonix),
- Personal technical equipment.
We can organize and privatize this ski touring trip for you.
You are your own group (friends, family…)? We propose you a personalized trip; you chose your date of departure
(depending on hut availability).
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