Planaval - Chalet de l'Epée mountain hut
Alta Via no. 2Stage 5
Departure:Planaval (Arvier) (1.554 m)
Arrival:Chalet de l'Epée mountain hut (2.370 m)
Difference in level:+915 m -51 m
Duration coming back:3h30
Trail sign:alta via 2
Description of the route
From Planaval the route follows the tarmac road that goes down until it meets the regional road for Valgrisenche, along which it continues in the same direction until it leaves the road at the fork for Revers.
Here it crosses the torrent and reaches the village, from which it continues along a flat stretch of dirt road that runs through the fields and alongside the torrent to Prariond.
Go through Prariond and take the path that goes up to the left into the woods and leads to La Frassy, where the itinerary returns onto the tarmac road, before passing by Planté and Chez Carral and continuing on towards Gerbelle.
From Gerbelle, cross the torrent Dora di Valgrisenche and take the path up from the regional road that leads to the centre of the village of Valgrisenche.
After you come out of the village, before a gallery, turn left onto the road that leads to Mondanges.
From here, cross the bridge and continue right along the side of the sports field until you meet a path that goes into some thick conifer wood.
Go along the path that leads to the Bénévy pasture and continue across the fields to the Bois pasture.
From here, go up the farm road to the Praz-Londzet pasture; take the path on the right and go up to the Chalet de l’Epée mountain hut.