Difficulties:F - Easy
from 01/06 to 30/09
Departure:at the end of the tunnel on the road for Usellières (1790 m)
Arrival:Punta Rabuigne (3261 m)
Difference in level:580 m + 895 m
How to get there
Aosta Ovest highway exit. Follow the directions for Courmayeur. In Arvier turn left for Valgrisenche. Keep on the right side of the dam until the first tunnel exit where you can park.
Punta Rabuigne is a modest elevation between the Grande Rousse North peak and the Bouc peak, on the ridge that divides the Valgrisenche from the Valle di Rhêmes. The eastern side of the mountain has a rocky crag about 400 meters long that rests on the Torrent glacier. The north-west side, with the normal ascent route, is covered by the small Bouc glacier.
Description of the route
Leave your car at the tunnel exit on the road for Usellières that hugs the right bank of the Beauregard basin and take the farm road that climbs towards the Plontaz basin pastures. At the fork, keep to your right until you find the hairpin where, again on your right, a path enters the woods. Continue along this marked path that carves a diagonal and cross the bridge over the stream that originates in the pass above. You’ll finally reach Alpe l’Epée and the nearby Chalet de l’Epée hut after several hairpins.
From the hut, turn immediately to the left and climb the wide route that enters the pass, hugging the stream, Higher up, the path crosses the stream and, after the pasture, continues towards the Vallone del Bouc. Continue along the stream on the Alta Via n. 2 path in Valle d’Aosta until you pass the rocky ledge at altitude 2670 on the opposite bank. Leaving the path for Col Fenêtre, pass the stream to the Bouc glacier moraine and work the slope that becomes suddenly steep. This will take you to the final rocks, about one hundred meters and easy to cross to the peak.
Descent down the upward itinerary.
This itinerary requires experience of high mountains and it is recommended that you get a mountain guide to accompany you.