Capitano Crova Hut
Difficulties:E - Excursionist
from 01/01 to 31/03
Departure:VALGRISENCHE: Bonne (1810 mt.)
Arrival:Ricovero Capitano Crova (2405 mt.)
Difference in level:595 m
Duration going there:2h15
Duration coming back:1h30
How to get there
Aosta Ovest highway exit. Head towards Aosta until Arvier, then turn left for Valgrisenche. From the town, continue for Bonne where you can park near the Hotel Perret.
Easy excursion in the splendid Valgrisenche settings.
Description of the route
Take the road that leads to Usellières along the left-hand side of the valley to the fork for Arp Vieille: turn right and follow the snow-covered farm road (often beaten) that climbs with a couple of bends to a wooden panel that points to the left to Arp Vieille – Forcla de Bré.
The path gives breathtaking views of Pointe de Feleumaz and Becca di Tos (on the other side of the valley) as well as the Pointes de Ormelune on the valley floor. You’ll reach the Bochat mountain pasture after a couple of bends.
Cross the pasture and start on the series of curves that rapidly climb a hundred meters to the mouth of the basin under Mont d’Arp Vielle. The settings slowly change: the sparse larch woods are left behind, opening onto a short level crossed by several hair-pin turns where you will start to glimpse the Meillares ruins. You’re nearing the end. After Meillares, follow the farm road first towards the Mont d’Arp Vielle peaks and then turn right to the Arp Vielle houses.
Continue along the summer path, climbing the ridge on the left to its peak where you’ll find the Capitano Crova hut houses.