Equipped trail to the Boccalatte mountain hut
Difficulties:Not too difficult
dal 01/07 to 30/09
Esposizione:South - South /East
Departure:Planpincieux (1579 meters)
Arrival:Rifugio Boccalatte (2804 meters)
Difference in level:1250
Duration going there:3h30
No access to the path that leads to the Boccalatte-Piolti refuge and to the areas below the Whymper glacier of the Grandes Jorasses.
How to get there
Tollbooth of Courmayeur. Continue for the Val Ferret until you reach Planpincieux. Pass the town and park your car in the huge parking area to the left, right after the last few houses.
From here you climb up to the Les Grandes Jorasses, one of the most sought-after mountains in Europe. You chooses to go on this climb will enjoy a fully equipped trail with aerial parts close to a splendid glacier and great gorges.
Description of the route
From the parking area proceed towards the left corner. You will find a yellow sign (trailmarker 21) for the mountain hut. After 40 meters you will find a fork to the right that leads to a small road that crosses the village (yellow arrow). This mule track goes into the woods, passing the small chapel of Planpincieux, to then become a winding path. The trail continues towards the ice-falls, reaching a canal full of debris. Pass this to the right and enter a second canal, keeping to the left and wade into the river. You continue towards a waterfall with I-II level passages. Continue on the right ridge until you reach a metal ladder that helps you to climb a trail (it is easy). At the exit there is a worn out rope. Continue along a morainic ridge until you reach the top. Continue to the left amongst the debris towards the ledge where you can see the mountain hut. Once you have reached the plaques go up a detrital ramp to the right. You will find a fixed hemp rope that crosses to the left. Follow the ropes until you reach a pulpit. You go up in a zig-zagging aerial trail until you reach the terrace on the glacier where the mountain hut is located. It is possible to finish this excursion by passing the entrance and the bathrooms continuing behind the mountain hut following the ropes that take to the glacier where the Italian flag is placed and from where you begin the great mountain climbs.