Alberto Deffeyes mountain hut - Planaval
Alta Via no. 2
Departure:Alberto Deffeyes mountain hut (2.500 m)
Arrival:Planaval (Arvier) (1.554 m)
Difference in level:+1044 m -1964 m
Duration coming back:8h50
Trail sign:alta via 2
The Promoud refuge-hut is unusable.
Description of the route
From the Alberto Deffeyes mountain hut, continue left across a humid area of great natural value.
Along grassy slopes and stony ground, the path continues on towards the Passo Alto pass, from where it goes down first across a stretch of stony ground and then along an easy path through the pastureland it cross the little wooden bridge over the torrent, then go back up the ridge towards Col de la Crosatie.
From here the route starts its descent towards the first grassy ledges, where a long diagonal stretch runs around the mountainside towards the right, after which the path takes sharply downwards before becoming less challenging towards the Lac de Fond.
Go around the lake for a brief stretch until you cross the stream that comes out from it and continue on to the remains of the Baraques du Fond pastures.
From here the path crosses a fine stretch of flat, at the end of which it crosses the torrent and goes down a ridge that crosses back over the torrent and leads to another flat stretch.
The route continues down among the pastureland until the ruins of the Bénévy pasture, after which it continues through sparse woodland and comes out just down from a bend in the tarmac road that leads to Planaval.
From here the itinerary follows the road, past the village of La Clusaz and on to Planaval.
Due to the length of the stage, without points of accomodation, permitted to bivouac over 2500 meters.
• La Salle
• La Thuile