Eaux Rousses - Refuge Vittorio Sella

A Valsavarenche walk posted on 01/03/12 by bernardino. Update : 23/09/16

This walk is part of the trek Trek across the Gran Paradiso.

From Valsavaranche to Val de Cogne in the middle of a herd of chamois.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 8h10[?]
Distance Distance : 14.01km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1738m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 875m
Highest point Highest point : 3276m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1657m
Very difficult Difficulty : Very difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : Alps
Location Location : Valsavarenche
Starting point Starting point : N 45.567292° / E 7.207671°
Arrival Arrival : N 45.580415° / E 7.30349°
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Description

From the east today. Cross the road and on the other side take the col du Lauzon trail (D), an outstanding well-maintained large path.

Pleasantly weave through a forest leading to Vallone di Chaud (1) then Levionaz sheepfold (bergeries de la Levionaz).

Go past the chalets (lower (2), middle and higher (3)) then cross the torrent before starting the ultimate climb of the pass.

Remarkably well-placed turns allow you to exit at the highlight of the trek. Col du Lauzon (4) at 3296 m takes you into Val de Cogne.

Head down a windy hillside, then through Lauzon alpine pasture you'll reach refuge Vittorio Sella at 2584 m (6).

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 2.99 - alt. km 2.99
2 : km 4.18 - alt. km 4.18
3 : km 6.37 - alt. km 6.37
4 : km 10 - alt. km 10
A : km 14.01 - alt. km 14.01

Useful Information

Nothing to report.
I've rated this trek as Very Difficult due to the length, height difference but most especially the altitude of the pass (practically 3300 m).

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Chamois and ibex will be your travelling companions today. We caught a glimpse of some chamois in the woods on the hike up but the big herd (roughly 100 of them) were in the lower Leviona alpine pasture. Then there were the ibex, twenty or so, chomping in the mid-day sun.

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