Aiguille de Triolet

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Aiguille de Triolet

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Aiguille de Triolet 45.916900, 7.024600

Facts About Aiguille de Triolet.

Aiguille de Triolet stands at 3870m above sea level at the Mont Blanc massif. This stood between the boundary of Aosta Valley in Italy and Haute Savoie in France. A rather complex peak to climb. It split the basins of Argentiere in the north and the Talefre in the west through its big glaciers at the French side of the mountain. The peak started a massif that included Aiguille Verte, Les Droits and Les Courtes.

How to reach the peak of Aiguille de Triolet?

Drive from Train du Montenvers-Mer de Glace in Chamonix. Follow the path from Place de la Mer towards Avenue Cachat le Geant, about 120m. Turn right to the D1506 part of Avenue Cachat le Geant. Continue driving by 29m. Drive straight ahead by 6.2 km. You will reach Refuge du Couvercle shortly. This is your last stop over before traversing the path towards the peak.

If you would rather start from Refuge d’Argentière, simply follow the same directions as the ones written in the Aiguille d’Argentière article. There is also a summit station. Hop into a cable car on the summit station at Aiguille des Grands Montets. You will reach Col des Grandes Montets. Walk by a bergschrund. Make sure to hand on to the rope by the Glacier Rognons. You reach P.300 to P.2754m then by the Glacier d’Argentière just above the ice break. Walk 2 more hours to reach the Refuge.

What to expect at Aiguille de Triolet?

Apart from the previously mentioned huts, you can choose other stop overs. When taking the Italian side, Bivouac Fiorio and Refugio Dalmazzi are the stop overs. Specific directions based on chosen hut are found here.

Aiguilles de Trélatéte

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Aiguilles de Trélatéte

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Aiguilles de Trélatéte 45.794700, 6.815000

Facts About Aiguilles de Trélatéte.

Aiguilles de Trélatéte is a mountain right between the boundary of the Italian Alps and the French Alps. Standing at 3920m above sea level. Its Italian address is at Valle d’Aosta (Aosta Valley), Italy. And its French address is at Haute Savoie, France. It is more often climbed from the Italian side despite being on the west side of the Mont Blanc massif.

How to get to the peak of Aiguilles de Trélatéte?

Before reaching the peak, you must reach one of the huts to stop over first. Recommended hut is the Rifugio Elisabetta Soldini. Start by driving from the La Visaille. Cross the bridge to the closed car road. That route takes about 3 km. You will reach the Combal plain from here. (You can stop at a bar restaurant here before moving on with the drive.) From here you see and get to the glacial Lac Miage.

Cross the bridge on the left side where you may park the car. Cross the dirt road on the plain. The road is almost horizontal. Once you reach the end of the plain, follow the trail towards a couple of steep turns. You then reach the hut just below the Pyramides spur. This is your stopover before the peak itself.

What to expect at Aiguilles de Trélatéte?

Regardless of the route taken to the top, you need to be in complete mountain gear. Rifugio Elisabetta Soldini is one of the stopovers. Other notable stopovers are the Giovane Montagna and Hotellerie de Trélatête. Only the latter is found on the French side of the mountain though.

La Grivola

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La Grivola

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La Grivola 45.596700, 7.264400

Facts About La Grivola.

La Grivola is the “almost perfect” white pyramid at the Italian Alps. Standing at 3969m above sea level. This peak is found at Valle d’Aosta (Aosta Valley), Italy. This is one of the most prominent views seen from the peak of Gran Paradiso. It stood out in the middle of two valleys, Vallon di Cogne and Val Savarenche. It got its name from its impeccable beauty. La Grivola is literally translated as “young lady” in the local dialect.

How to get to the peak of La Grivola?

If driving from the Milan Airport, enter SP14 via Piotello. Enter A4/E64 in Valle d’Aosta. Exit at Aosta Ovest (West Aosta) via E25. Drive towards Cogne via SR47. You will reach the Vittorio Sella Refuge as stopover before the trek.

With Cogne as starting point, climb to Val Lauson. Get to the junction upon reaching 2844m above sea level. Turn right to reach Col de la Rousse. Keep climbing westward to find the Col de la Noire. Walk further from Col de la Noire.

Walk past the Trajoz glacier just by the bottom of the southeast flank. Tread in the middle of this wall. Halfway through this wall, turn right upwards. Turn right again to set foot on the northeast ridge. Finally, set foot on the white pyramid’s peak.

What to expect at La Grivola?

Vittorio Sella Refuge is one of the few stopovers before the path towards the peak. The rest of the stopovers are bivouacs. Not recommended to climb in bad weather. The southwest wall has a fragile rock, making it unsafe at certain times. For any reservations, contact them at their landline number +39 0165 74310 or their Skype username: rifugiosella.