This walk is part of the trek Trek across the Gran Paradiso.
A trek across the Gran Paradiso passing through the 5 surrounding valleys.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Park your car in La Joux car park (D). La Joux is a hamlet to the south of La Tuile, a village located at the foot of the Great St Bernard Pass.
Take a left after the car park to the Alta Via Trek. Yellow triangle waymarks with the number 2 in the middle (called Via alta n°2) can be found all along the route.
(1) Take the path and after a sharp turn right and a stream you'll reach the Via alta n°2 trail.
Head due south up a pleasant windy path reaching beautiful waterfalls bordering the trail (2). Go back to the path heading slightly downhill to the alpine pasture and Parcet Chalet (3), and head uphill on the other side.
After a few bends you'll reach Plan de la Liere (4). Shortly after, exit the forest and enter the alpine pasture. Get to Col de la Dignité then, on a pleasant slope you'll reach Deffeyes Shelter on the edge of Ruitor Lake.
D : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.04 - alt. km 0.04
2 : km 0.93 - alt. km 0.93
3 : km 1.44 - alt. km 1.44
4 : km 2.76 - alt. km 2.76
A : km 5.34 - alt. km 5.34
Lots of water spots along the way, it might be a good idea to purify it before drinking.
Deffeyes Shelter marks the end of this first stage.
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A magnificent waterfall, especially the last one which happily splashes hikers who get to close to take a picture.
The shelter is a nice stopover but the dormitories are big.
Nestled at the foot of Tête du Ruitor and its glaciers, within a beautiful setting, Saint-Grat Lake is the highlight of any hike in its own right. Through the final twists and turns before the lake, the slope is smooth and the route straightforward. The next climb much steeper, leading to Refuge Adami gives you a stunning view point.
Another valley trek, the aim of today is Valsavarenche.
A two part hike. First up the Doire de Valgrisenche, a steady slope offering a leafy, green landscape. From the refuge, the landscape becomes essentially mineral and the slope steeper all the way to Vuert's small perched lake. Stunning high mountain surroundings.
Fourth stage between Valgisenche and Val de Rheme.
A Trek through Valgrisenche with a view over the large village dam.
A long and difficult stage due to the ascension of 2 passes.
It may not be true paradise but it certainly is heavenly. An exceptional group trek carried out in July 2011 which allows you to explore the Val D'aoste valleys ending with a balcony trail to Gran Paradiso summit.
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