Difficulties:F - Easy
July - September
Departure:Thumel (1879 m)
Arrival:Punta Galisia (3346 m)
Difference in level:410 m. + 1061 m.
How to get there
Aosta Ovest highway exit. Take state road 26 heading towards Courmayeur. In Villeneuve, turn toward Valle di Rhêmes and follow the road to the end (Thumel).
Punta Galasia rises on the border ridge that divides Italy and France and the Gran Paradiso National Park from the Parc National de la Vanoise. The peak is the summit of three valleys: the Rhêmes, the Isère and the Orco. The mountain is covered by the Fond glacier and the Bassagne glacier to the South. Punta Galisia is in an enchanting location, in sight of the more impressive Granta Parei, offering a glimpse of the splendid eastern face.
Description of the route
From Thumal, take the path that gently climbs towards the top of the valley. This rejoins with the dirt road near a bridge where a well-visible hut is found at the end of the ramp. Continue along the road crossing near the Lavassey mountain pastures to quickly reach the Benevolo hut,
From the hut, follow the path that leads towards the Basei mountain pasture located on the right of the valley watershed. From here, continue until the mule path starts its steep climb to Colle della Nivoletta. Leaving the path, head towards the tip of the Fond glacier that is easy to reach over the mainly sediment ground. Climb on the glacier ice cap and, careful of crevasses, ascend next to the small typically yellow calcium towers. You will soon reach the top where you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Valle d’Aosta and French Tarantaise mountain ranges.
Descent: along the ascent route.
The route requires alpine climbing experience. Alpine guide assistance is recommended.