Thumel - Goletta lake- Col Bassac Déré-  Benevolo hut

 

The trek goes through the alpine pastures characterising the head of the Valley of Rhêmes. We start from Thumel (1.879 masl) and walk on the easy trail leading to the Benevolo hut (2.285 masl), where we get after a 1.45-hour walk. We then take the local path n°13D which covers the confluence step separating the combe of Goletta from the main valley floor. We walk westwards along the creek originating from Goletta lake and, after about 3/3.30 hours, we get to this lake (2.699 masl) of glacial origin, where we can admire the glacier of the same name which once lapped the lake itself. We go ahead on a moraine (stretch of path classified as EE skilled hiker – see technical difficulties) and after 1.30-hour walk we get to the Col Bassac Déré (3.007 masl) situated on the watershed ridge separating the valley of  Rhêmes from Valgrisenche. We go back on the same way.

 

 

In short:

  • Estimated journey time: about 9 hours (lunch stop included)

  • Meeting point and time: 8.30 a.m. at the car park in the hamlet of Thumel (1.879 masl)

  • Elevation gain: about 1.300 m

  • Length: about 18 km

  • Kind of activity: group trekking with hiking guide

  • Altitude of the highest point of the trek: 3.080 masl (Col Bassac Déré)

  • Terrain characteristics:  mountain trail with scree on the final stretch Goletta Lake – Col Bassac Déré

  • Minimum number of participants to this excursion: 5

 

 

 

Scheduled hikes:

Every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) from mid June to end of September. The booking must be submitted within the 24 hours before the start date of the hike you have chosen.

 

Other treks can be planned on request for groups of at least 5 people.

 

Difficulty of the hike:

EE= skilled hiker according to the hike difficulty rating scale of CAI. Possible snowfields when approaching Col Bassac Déré. An excellent level of fitness and health is required. Consider a good workout before the departure.

 

Minimum age: 10 years

 

 

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The programme of the tour may be modified for reasons not attributable to the organization (bad weather conditions, technical level of the participants, etc.). The guide reserves the right to change the itinerary according to the weather conditions or for the safety of the group.

 

 

 Cost per person: 25 €

 

The enrolment fee includes:

 

  • The support of a hiking guide throughout the excursion

  • A third-party liability insurance for accidents due to the negligent behaviour of the guide

 

 

The enrolment fee does NOT include:

  • personal equipment and gear

  • travel costs to get to the meeting point

  • food and drinks (packed lunch)

  • anything not mentioned at “the enrollment fee includes”

  • in case of change of itinerary for reasons not attributable to the organization (bad weather conditions, technical level of the participants, etc.) the unforeseen expenses will be charged to the participants.

 

 

Equipment list for one-day hikes

 

Backpack of 30 litres max

 

Clothes to wear:

 

Hiking boots

Mountain shorts

T-shirt (preferably of breathable fabric, like microfibre)

Hiking socks (not short socks)

Sun cap/bandana

Sunglasses

Wind stopper jacket

 

Inside the backpack:

Mountain trousers (Schoeller, soft shell fabric)

Spare t-shirt

Waterproof shell jacket (Gore-tex, pac-lite fabric)

Rain cape

Backpack rain cover if not integrated in the backpack itself

Wool hat

Gloves

Water bottle/thermos + snack (like cereal bars, chocolate)

Sunscreen

Trekking poles

 

Extra:

Personal pharmacy kit (painkillers, compeed, aspirin)

Camera

Binoculars

 

Sign up: within the 24 hours before the start date of the hike you have chosen, by email or by phone at +39 333.7373636

 

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..there’s a whole valley to discover between you and me!