Sentiero (or path) “Panorama” Punta Vallettaz
Difficulties:F - Easy
July - SeptemberYou may encounter snowfalls and verglass phenomena in the mornings because of high altitudes.
Esposizione:South - South/West
Departure:Pila (1800 m)
Arrival:Punta Vallettaz (3090 m)
Difference in level:1150 m
How to get there
Tollbooth Aosta Est. Follow the directions towards Aosta until you reach the intersection that takes to Pila and Charvensod. Once at Loc. Pont Suaz of Charvensod, turn left at the roundabout. Go towards Pila, pass the tunnel to the right and park in the upper parking area.
The punta Vallettaz is a good 3000 meters, and one of the most important and spectacular peaks of the Monte Emilius range. The panoramic path begins with a great excursion trail and joins another one that is fully equipped on a crest, with easy passages on an almost uncomparable view of the hillsides of Aosta and Cogne. The final rock is broken here and there, usual for high mountain, but the itinerary is very well equipped.
Description of the route
From the upper parking area take the cartway towards the left that leads to the winter skiing facilities. You pass right in front of the skiing school until you arrive at the “Chalet du Soleil”. Continue to the right for a couple of meters and you will find a path that goes up to the left near a pole with signs (Rifugio Arbolle). Follow the trail that intersects a farm that goes up to the left, towards the slopes, then cut again to the left until you reach a little house. From the house there is a trail to the left. Take it into the woods being careful to intersect the Down Hill slope. The path then joins with the trail that leaves from the lower parking area. Continue to the left, goind uphill, reaching the mountain pastures of Chamolé. Continue to the right following the directions, (trailmarker 102) passing the last ramp in the middle of the woods that leads to the lake with the same name. Continue on the sloping plain to the right that takes to the facilities. Continue to the right passing the Cristo di Mario Stüffer (bronze replica), on a downhil dirt road and pass the fountain. Continue onwards until you reach a fork to the left for colle Tsa Sètse (trailmarker 22 on a rock). Take the new route to the left, goind uphill, passing a few mountain pastures and continue on a trail that first bends to the left and then to the right. You cross a grassy plain and then continue on a trail until you reach colle Tsa Sètse (2815 m) marked by a sign nailed to a rock. Continue to the left (sign indicating “Punta Valletta”), passing a grassy sloping crest. Follow a few wooden posts that indicate the way and avoid staying too much to the left. Once passed the peak of the first grassy gendarme you reach the equipped trail. Continue to the left on an easy path with handrails and safety downhill wire. You will then find a sloping plain and a few I level passages with only one isolated II level passage, to the left of the gendarme, a bit aerial. You continue alternately or on the edge of the crest or on the path, on a more basic land. The last part is made up of huge morainic rocks with only one passage on the “athletic” gendarme until you reach the peak. To go back down you take the morainic path that follows the southern ridge towards the Cresta Nera (to the left towards Aosta). You pass a buttress and arrive at a grassy plain near the metal cross. Go down to the left in the morainic canyon where you will find a few tracks that soon become a path that takes you back to Mario Stüffer’s cross and the facilities. From there follow the path that leads to the starting point.