Mont de la Brenva equipped trail
Difficulties:EEA - Expert Excursionists with Equipment
from 01/07 to 30/09
Departure:Rifugio Pavillon (2174 meters)
Arrival:Mont de la Brenva (2300 meters)
Difference in level:260 m
Duration going there:1h30
How to get there
Tollbooth of Courmayeur. Follow the directions for La Palud at the facilities that take to the refuge and the paying parking area to the right. Take the facilities that go up to the Pavillon refuge. The itinerary starts from there.
It is a beautiful and fun climb where you will encounter difficulties in the first 10 meters of the trail. The rest is a great itinerary in a beautiful environment with an incredible view of the Aiguille Noire de Peuterey.
Description of the route
From the Pavillon refuge you continue on a clear trail towards the botanical garden on the opposite side (which is marked) which you will keep to your right. You coast alongside a fence on a path (trail marker 20 and wooden sign on a rock indicating “palestra 20 minuti” or ” “practice wall 20 minutes”). Continue until you come to a fork between two poles. You leave behind paths 20, 20b to your right in ascent and proceed to the left on a “fake” plain (trail marker 20a). The trail continues to climb up. At one point there is a single leg of about 6 meters and you’ll find a chain to help you along. You pass the area that is marked by a practice climbing wall and continue midway until you reach the “belvedere” (2200 meters) with a few meters in descent. A sign to the right indicates the beginning of the trail for mountain climbers. Continue downhill on the steep trail towards the right until you come to the first metal chain. Go down a sort of well gripped granite dihedral (III) and cross over to the next ridge. The difficulty level is slightly low. You continue by crossing the gravel debris left over by the rivers. Proceed along the hillside with a series of ups and downs until you reach a river formed by the Entreves glacier. You need to wade this trail but be very careful during the beginning of the season. The trail starts to climb up and you have the help of metal chains where necessary. After passing a granite ledge climb the east wall of the Mont de la Brenva which is easiest between the grassy parts. Once on the crest go up the ridge for about ten meters then go down the opposite side heading towards the belvedere (or lookout point) once again.