Difficulties:E - Excursionist
from 01/01 to 31/03Nus highway exit. Turn left: after about 900 m, turn right following the signs on SR36 for Saint-Barthélemy and turn left just before entering the town of Nus. From here, take the road to Lignan.
Departure:Lignan - Nus (1647 m)
Arrival:Tsa de Fontaney (2307 m)
Difference in level:660 mt.
Duration coming back:1h15
Tsa de Fontaney can be reached from Larset or, on a slightly steeper route, from Lignan. The long climb along the sunny slope is worth the last part of the climb: an immense white sea between the Valle d’Aosta peaks.
Description of the route
Take the road that leads to the Valle d’Aosta Astronomy Observatory. After the signpost that indicates the main routes leaving Lignan, climb the planet path meaning the short road that leads to the observatory accompanied by a series of information panels dedicated to the planets in the solar system. The road becomes a snowy slope and starts to climb the sunny side over Lignan. After a gentle rise where you can see the exciting South-East face of Mont Faroma, take the steep climb to the barracks (where a path leads to Comba di Chaleby). Here you’ll find the initial Place pastures and the path becomes steeper. After the renovated Place de Meiten houses, continue climbing the snow-covered slope hugging the larch woods until you reach Mayes. Cross a strip of the larch woods to quickly reach the Fontaney buildings. Continue crossing to your right, passing another strip of woods until you reach the edge of a beautiful snow-covered pasture: turn left and pass the last larch trees entering an area of rare beauty, a sea of snow at the foot of Mont Morion. Climb the slope heading for the signpost covered in snow: from here, turn slightly to your left and, after a couple of hills, the pasture appears. A last push and you’ll reach Tsa de Fontaney.
The pasture provides an exciting view: the beautiful Mont Emilius and Becca di Nona outlined by the sun and the frozen peaks of Monte Rosa.