Via ferrata towards Rifugio Monzino (Monzino Refuge)
Difficulties:Not too difficult
July - September
Departure:Casolari del Freney (Cottages of the Freney) (1589 meters)
Arrival:Rif. Monzino (2580 meters)
Difference in level:1000 m
How to get there
Tollbooth of Courmayeur. You continue on the statale or state road, passing a roundabout and once in the proximity of a tunnel turn left for Val Veny. You pass the little church of Notre Dame de la Guerison until you reach the cottages of the Freney. You can park your car along the various parking areas.
The path is very gratifying and is distinguished by an easy climb under some of the most spectacular peaks of the Monte Bianco range. A fun itinerary that will not cease to amaze you.
Description of the route
From the parking area you enter the forest where various geographical-tourist signs and a yellow trailmarker are placed. You follow the trail (trailmarker n. 16) until you reach a bridge that crosses the river. You continue to the left on the trail under the grassy but very dangerous outline of the Aiguille du Chatelet. The path continues to go up between bends until it reaches the rocky walls of the gorge of the Freney’s ice-falls to the right with splendid waterfalls.
From this point onwards you will find the fully equipped part with metal chains. The ascent is distinguished by a sort of leaning trail that is almost never vertical, more rocky than grassy with continuous II and III level passages. You should not underestimate this trail even with these slight difficulties. The itinerary is really fun, interposed by a few portions of path that, however, blends with the trail.
The ferrata’s exit is located on the northern hill of the Aiguille de Chatelet. Here the path continues upwards until it reaches the refuge. The view of the mont Rouge and Aiguilles de Peuterey mountain range is spectacular, specially if you continue onwards until you reach the ruins of the age-old Gamba shack (2630 meters).
To safely climb this via ferrata we recommend that you be accompanied by a mountain guide.