Difficulties:F - Easy
from 01/07 to 30/09
Esposizione:South/West - North/West
Departure:Salati top cable car station (2737 m)
Arrival:Vincent Pyramid (4215 m)
Difference in level:765 m. + 720 m.
How to get there
Pont Saint-Martin highway exit. Follow Valle di Gressoney state road 505 that ends in Stafal. Take the cable car to Lake Gabiet and the Salati pass.
The Vincent Pyramid rises between the Giordani Peak and Vincent Summit and marks the divide between the Lys, Piode and Bors d’Indrend glacier basins. Its south-western slope is a wide trapezoidal face topped with an ice cap while the eastern slope is made up of a precipitous rocky face that rises from the Piode glacier. Climb the Lys glacier to admire its impressive bearing that progressively wanes to the summit.
Description of the route
From the Salati top cable car station, take the path that leads North and gradually climbs the ridge dividing the Valsesia. After the Salati pass, continue on the ample rises near Stolemberg until you circle it.
Descend about a hundred meters along the routes equipped with metallic cords until you reach a depression. Just beyond, climb the easy rocks on the Indrend peak and continue towards the glacier. You’ll find a moraine cord that will take you to the rocks that climb towards the Mantova hut.
From the nut, climb the Garstelet glacier to the right until, near the top, you can cross it to the left where the Gnifetti hut stands on the rocky spur. From here, climb the glacier to Colle del Lys. In the almost flat segment that follows the hut, be careful of hidden crevasses. Cross under the Vincent Pyramid, leaving the Balmenhorn rock pile to your right. Before reaching it, turn right towards Colle Vincent. Without reaching the valley, stay to your right along the gentle stop to the wide peak.
Descent: along the ascent route.
The route requires alpine climbing experience. Alpine guide assistance is recommended.