Planaval - Rifugio chalet de l'Epée

A Arvier 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 through Valgrisenche with a view over the large village dam.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h30[?]
Distance Distance : 11.55km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 932m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 127m
Highest point Highest point : 2389m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1501m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : Alps
Location Location : Arvier
Starting point Starting point : N 45.673007° / E 7.079321°
Arrival Arrival : N 45.588924° / E 7.060007°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3532ETR
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Description

Head south today, first on a road then on a trail on the right bank of the torrent (D).

Walk along the bank for roughly 2 km before reaching Valgrisenche village. Head towards the football field (1) at the bottom of the village and take a left (sign) route n°2.

Rapidly head up a trail shifting between road and path, finally sticking to the path leading to mountain sheepfolds (Benevy (2) and Prariond).

Remain under Seia Mountain, go through Alpage de Plaz Londzet (3).

Keep going in fairly constant south west direction on a trail reaching l'Alpage de la Fée (5) and its shelter.

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 5.83 - alt. km 5.83
2 : km 8.68 - alt. km 8.68
3 : km 9.37 - alt. km 9.37
A : km 11.55 - alt. km 11.55

Useful Information

Refuge de l'Epée: this shelter is used by numerous tourists during the summer season in particular.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3532ETR.

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

Opposite the shelter you can catch a glimpse of the stunning Pointe du Ruitor and its access shelter.
In front you, to the west, la Grande Sassiére marking the border and revealing nearby Val d'Isère.

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