The Matterhorn Tour D3: Perrucco Vuillermoz Refuge - Gandeg Cabin

A Valtournenche walk posted on 30/03/15 by bernardino. Update : 17/11/16

This walk is part of the trek The Matterhorn Tour.

Discover the giant that resides here, the splendid Matterhorn itself, before getting a closer look in the evening at the Gandeg cabin.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 9h15[?]
Distance Distance : 19.33km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1570m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1422m
Highest point Highest point : 3315m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1941m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : Alps
Location Location : Valtournenche
Starting point Starting point : N 45.903713° / E 7.567431°
Arrival Arrival : N 45.964184° / E 7.725445°
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Description

(S) Head south, passing near two lakes.

At the second lake, Lake Balanselmo (1), travel east to reach the great pastures of Chevalley Tsigannaz.

(2) Head up through the pass called the Tsigannaz Window.

(3) Then begin a long descent through a north-east direction then north, then the route joins the road leading to Breuil Cervinia and a first bus stop.

(4) Take the bus to the Breuil cable car station (5), use the following two lifts to reach the top of the Theodul Glacier.

(6)Reach the glacier, remembering to put on crampons and following the ski slopes: the crossroads of the route of the Matterhorn circuit

(7). Turn right onto this route that alternates between trail and glacier leads to Gandeg cabin (F).

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.77 - alt. km 0.77 - Lake Balanselmo
2 : km 3.13 - alt. km 3.13 - Chevalley Tsigannaz alpine pasture
3 : km 3.58 - alt. km 3.58 - The Tsigannaz Window
4 : km 8.13 - alt. km 8.13 - Bus stop
5 : km 10.47 - alt. km 10.47 - Lower cable car station
6 : km 16.56 - alt. km 16.56 - Upper cable car station
7 : km 18.29 - alt. km 18.29 - Matterhorn circuit crossroads
A : km 19.33 - alt. km 19.33

Useful Information

Water fountains on the circuit and at the first hamlet in Tsigannaz before the bus stop.
This stage is includes a large transfer by bus and cable car as these areas are not particularly suitable for hiking. Furthermore these connections save a day’s travel on the circuit.
Make sure you are aware of the mountain cable car and bus timetables.

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

Breuil Cervinia is a city Mussolini built up in order to compete with its German counterpart by creating this great winter sports resort.
(8) Gandeg cabin, we slept in an especially nice and well put together 12-person dormitory. But the peculiarity of this cabin is the proximity to a number of sites of note:
- Due west is the east face of the Matterhorn,
- Due east is the west face of Mount Rose,
- Due south is the north face of Breithorn.
Just this view is well worth the cost of half board, which here is still of the order of €70 (with Walliser).

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