Difficulties:E - Excursionist
from 01/01 to 31/03
Departure:SAINT-RHEMY-EN-BOSSES: Saint-Rhémy (1705 m)
Arrival:Plan Puitz (2124 m)
Difference in level:419 m
Duration coming back:1h30
How to get there
Aosta Est highway exit. Follow the signs for Gran San Bernardo. After Saint-Oyen, turn right and follow the road to the hill until you reach the village of Saint-Rhémy: you can leave your car in the small parking lot before the village.
Excursion in the magnificent Saint-Oyen woods.
Description of the route
From Saint-Rhémy, briefly climb the road for Gran San Bernardo to the left hair-pin curve: here you’ll find the Alta Via 1 signposts that indicate the route along a beautiful snow-covered path. After an initial downward slope, you’ll start to climb to the fork for Saint-Oyen, marked by another signpost. The route is well-marked and a large left bend leads to the southern-exposed ridge. After several more curves you’ll reach the Plantaluc mountain pasture.
A few more curves leads into the beautiful Bois Coupé fir wood. The climb is never too intense and is extremely pleasant, especially with fresh snow. You’ll find a slope at a hair-pin turn: turn left ignoring the fork for Barasson and continue along the practically straight path. After two more long curves you’ll find the last part of the path.
You are near the end. After the last straightaway, you’ll find a small building and, just beyond, you’ll exit the woods in Plan Puitz with its characteristic grotto fortifications.