Ascent to the hill of the Monte Rosa Glaciers
from 01/06 to 31/10
Departure:Stafal (1850 m)
Arrival:Colle della Bettaforca (2727 m)
Difference in level:870 m
This route is not very demanding and takes place on the orographic right side of the Lys up until the watershed with the Ayas valley. A top route in terms of performance at high altitude due to the marked slope of the stretch.
Description of the route
Technical difficulty: medium
Physical difficulty: medium
Type of Route: mixed asphalt, dirt, path
For those coming from the A5 Torino/Milano motorway, the exit is that of Pont-Saint-Martin. Enter the Pont-Saint-Michel village and continue along the Gressoney Regional Road no. 34 until you reach its end in the square of the cable car facilities in Stafal in Gressoney-La-Trinitè.
The path sets off from the square with the Stafal cable car facilities in the municipality of Gressoney-La-Trinité. You follow the dirt road that begins near the Residence Le Marmotte, before first running along a stretch of the Lys stream for a while, on the orographic right side, then turning to the left to ascend along a farm track that crosses a sparse larch wood and reaches the Treje clearing. The dirt road continues with a gentler slope and after intersecting the ski slope, arrives at the Sant’Anna plain from where you can enjoy a fantastic view of Monte Rosa. The path continues at the Sant’Anna Chapel, erected in 1726 on the remains of an emergency recovery refuge for pilgrims and mountain inhabitants who were climbing up to the Bettaforca hill. Here you can see a few of the most beautiful peaks of the Monte Rosa group along with the Corno Bianco mountain range. After passing the Sant’Anna plateau, the farm track becomes more demanding, even if the bumpy road facilitates the climb itself. Then you arrive at the Sitte refreshment point (2297 metres above sea level) and enter the Bettaforca valley with a stretch that allows you to reach Colle della Bettaforca quickly and enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the Lys glaciers and many 4000 metres high mountains of the Monte Rosa range.
You can return to Stafal along the dirt road used to ascend to the hill.