Gressoney-Saint-Jean - Crest
Alta Via no. 1
Departure:Gressoney-Saint-Jean (1405 mt.)
Arrival:Vieux Crest mountain hut (1935 mt.)
Difference in level:+1427 m -890 m
Duration going there:6h30
Duration coming back:5h50
Trail sign:alta via 1
Description of the route
From the main car park at Gressoney- Saint-Jean, cross Torrent Lys to the right, over a wooden road bridge, and head up along the unmetalled road which follows the torrent, passing golf courses, to the village of Tschemenoal.
Having crossed the torrent to the left, over another road bridge, continue up along an asphalt road for about three hundred metres until you reach the path on the left.
From here the route begins to climb, gently at first and then more steeply, through a conifer wood.
Thus you reach the typical alpine village of Grossalbezo and Alpenzu Grande mountain hut.
The trail now takes a long diagonal across the meadows and to reach the summer pastures of Òndermònté.
Having passed through a sparsely planted conifer wood and climbed up through the meadows above it, you reach the summer pasture of Loasche.
From here, the route continues over steep slopes to Col Pinter.
The path descends along a small bouldered valley and then crosses a grassy plain as far as a rocky formation.
Beyond this, after numerous twists, it reaches the meadows below and on to Cunéaz.
From here the route, after a short time, descends to Crest and Vieux Crest mountain hut.