Via ferrata "Bethaz Bovard"
Difficulties:Not too difficult
June - September
Departure:Magazzino di Valgrisenche (1700 m)
Arrival:Becca d’Aouille ( 2605 m)
Difference in level:950 m
A few parts are D-level difficulty.
How to get there
Tollbooth of Aosta. Proceed towards Courmayeur. After Arvier proceed for Valgrisenche. Once you’ve crossed Valgrisenche follow the sign for the ferrata. At an intersection follow the sign for the “magazzino delle fontine”. Park your car in the areas to the left without blocking the way.
This ferrata is a very particular itinerary: it is a climb to a fairly easy peak. Easy on a technical point of view thanks to many closely placed footholds. But, there is also an exhausting aerial ascent with an equipped area of over 1000 meters! If you are in shape and have sufficient technical capacities then you are ready for a great adventure in a splendid environment.
Description of the route
From the parking area continue on the paved road until you reach the “magazzino delle fontine”, pass it for about ten meters towards the left where you will find the first footholds. You climb a vertical wall, move to the right and continue on a series of ledges, some of these are aerial but almost always leaning. There is only one part of about 2 meters that requires a bit of resistence on a sheer drop. Once at 1930 meters you reach trail 17 that goes down to the right towards Valgrisenche (1° escape route). This deviation takes you right behind the “magazzino delle fontine”. Instead, continue uphill on the path to the left where you will find the second part of the ferrata at 1950 meters. There are many exposed parts here as well that climb up on the nice equipped plaques with alot of footholds. At 2180 meters you will find another escape route. It is the path that takes to the Grandes Laures (huge plain with a great view). You can also take the steep trail that joins with path 17 that leads back to Valgrisenche. Instead continue to the right on the slightly sloping path, until you once again fasten yourself to the plaques that go up the third part of the ferrata characterized by exposed parts and with difficulty levels similar to the first part. At 2350 meters you will find another escape route, the link to path 18 that leads to La Bethaz. Instead you continue first on the wall and then on the splendid crest to arrive at the peak of Becca. Continue by foot and soon you will arrive at a repeater, the real peak. To go back you continue uphill until you arrive at a small hill where you descend with the help of wires. You will then find path 18 that, towards the right, in 2 hours, leads to the village of La Bethaz. Going back to the state road to the right, towards the dam, for 2.5 km you reach the area of the “magazzino delle fontine” (or fontina cheese warehouse).
To safely cross the ferrata we recommend that you be accompanied by a mountain guide.