La Joux - Deffeyes Shelter

A La Thuile (Province de Aosta) walk posted on 01/03/12 by bernardino. Update : 29/10/16

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

A trek across the Gran Paradiso passing through the 5 surrounding valleys.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h40[?]
Distance Distance : 5.34km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 902m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 33m
Highest point Highest point : 2497m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1600m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : Alps
Location Location : La Thuile (Province de Aosta)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.689248° / E 6.961087°
Arrival Arrival : N 45.675353° / E 6.986129°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3531ETR
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Description

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.

Waypoints :
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

Useful Information

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.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3531ETR.

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

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.

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