Tour du Mont Fallère

The Mont Fallère tour (3.031 masl) is an amazing multi-day loop trek for mountain lovers. It runs in the heart of Aosta Valley and, like an imaginary thread, connects the once busy trails linking the Valley of Gran San Bernardo to the central Aosta Valley, where the Dora Baltea river flows. The highest stretches of the trail are a real panoramic terrace where we can enjoy an outstanding view on the cardinal spots of the region and on its main 4.000 (Mont Blanc, Gran Paradiso, Mont Rose, Matterhorn, Grand Combin)

 

In short:

 

  • Duration: 3 days/2 nights

  • Overnight: 2 nights in a hut (Chaligne hut and Mont Fallère hut) with half board (dinner and breakfast).

  • Elevation gain: about 2.700 m

  • Length: about 36 km

  • Kind of activity: group trekking in total autonomy with hiking guide and no luggage transport service during the activity

  • Altitude of the highest point of the trek: about 2.821 masl (Mont de Vertosan)

  • Terrain characteristics: mountain trail with no technical difficulties. Scree close to the cols (Col de Vertosan and Col Fenêtre)

  • Possible unexpected events: possible crossing of snow covered terrain

  • Trek confirmed with at least: 6 participants

 

Strengths:

 

  • The priceless view on all Four-thousanders of Aosta Valley

  • The absence of specific technical difficulties which makes it attractive to a large number of people

  • The support of a qualified guide throughout the whole trek, enrolled in the Aosta Valley register of hiking guides

 

 

Scheduled treks:

 

7th of July

 

Other treks can be planned on request for groups of at least 6 people

 

 

Difficulty of the trek:

 

An average of about 5 hour walk a day. Elevation gain of 310 to 1460 metres.  A fair level of fitness and health is required. Consider a minimum of workout before the departure.

 

Minimum age: 16 years

 

 

The trek takes place at the foot of Mont Fallère (3.061 masl) and is about 36 km long with an elevation gain of 2.700 metres. It is recommended to all of those who enjoy hiking in the mountains, since it does not have any technical difficulties but requires anyway a fair physical workout. We walk an average of 5/6 hours per day, always on not difficult and well marked paths; for this reason, we have the time to admire the surrounding landscape and take the most of the  two stops in the huts (Mont Fallère and Chaligne), both very comfortable.

TREK ITINERARY

1ST day Saint-Oyen

 

Meeting the guide in Saint-Oyen (at 9.00 o'clock)

 

Explanation of the itinerary, check of the equipment and start of the hike

 

First day: Saint-Oyen – Tza de Flassin – Col Fenêtre – Mont Fallère hut

 

 

We leave Saint-Oyen and first reach the alpine hut Tza de Flassin (2.260 masl); we then head towards the Col Vertosan (2.821 masl) and Col Fenêtre (2.726 masl) walking on the ridge, where, looking north-east, we can admire the majesty of  Mont Blanc on the background. We descend southwards fast, through mountain pastures still used and reach the Mont Fallère hut, situated in a beautiful and lush basin above the village of Vétan in Saint-Pierre, where, if we look south, we can look at the main summits crowning the top of the valleys of the Gran Paradis

 

  • 6 hour walk

  • Elevation gain: 1470 m

  • Elevation loss: 420 m

  • Kind of accommodation: in Mont-Fallère hut with half board (dinner and breakfast)

 

View in Google earth

Ciaspolate in Valle d'Aosta

2nd day Mont-Fallère hut

 

Breakfast in hotel

 

Second day: Mont Fallère hut - Lac Fallère – Col de Metz – Punta Chaligne – Chaligne hut

 

  • After we leave the Mont Fallère hut, we run along the south side of Mont Fallère at high altitude, going up to Col the Metz (2.487 masl) and  Punta Chaligne (2.608 masl), where, if we glance down on sunny days, we can enjoy an amazing view on Aosta town. After a fast descent on the east side of Punta Chaligne, we reach the Chaligne hut where we can stay overnight. From the hut we can turn a fascinated gaze eastwards on the Dent d'Hérens and the Grandes Murailles, the most renowned mountains of the head of Valpelline, opening  in front of us.

 

  • 5 hour walk

  • Elevation gain: 550 m

  • Elevation loss: 1010 m

  • Kind of accommodation: half board at Chaligne hut (dinner and breakfast)

View in Google earth

Ciaspolate in Valle d'Aosta

3rd day  Chaligne hut

 

Breakfast in the hut

 

Third day: Chaligne hut – Ars - Étroubles – (Flassin) Saint - Oyen

 

From the Chaligne hut, situated close to a big alpine hut at the edge of the wood, we reach, with a short descent, a farm track under which flows the rû de Collet, running along the side of the mountain on a never steep descent. Once we get the the upper part of the valley of Ars, we walk downhill on a steep descent into the thick wood of spruce and we take a country road until we reach the village of  Étroubles first, and then the hamlet of Flassin in the municipality of Saint-Oyen.

 

  • 5 hours

  • Elevation gain: 310 m

  • Elevation loss: 900 m

View in Google earth

Ciaspolate in Valle d'Aosta

N.B.

The above mentioned programmes are  given for guidance  and can 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 weather conditions or for the safety of the group.

 

 

Cost per person:

 

 250 €

 

 

The enrolment fee includes:

 

  • The technical support of a hiking guide throughout the excursion

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

  • 2 overnights 2 in a hut with half board (dinner and breakfast) – Kind of rooms: in a hut with dormitory of 6 to 15 people

 

The enrolment fee does NOT include:

 

  • personal equipment and gear

  • travel costs to get to the meeting point on the first day

  • not mentioned food and drinks (packed lunch bought in the hut)

  • extra drinks in the hut

  • local tourist tax

  • 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 multi-day treks

 

Backpack of 40-50 litres

 

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)

3 Spare t-shirts

Spare socks

Spare underwear

Long sleeved t-shirt

Tights to use if it is cold and to wear as night clothes

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

Rain cape

Backpack rain cover if not integrated in the backpack itself

Personal hygiene products (toothpaste, shower gel, etc.)

Towel

Wool hat

Gloves

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

Sleeping bag liner for the hut

Sandals or trainers (for the hut)

Sunscreen

Multipurpose boxcutter

Trekking poles

Personal pharmacy kit (painkillers, compeed, aspirin)

Headlamp

Camera

 

  • Sign up: within 15 days before the starting date of the hike you have chosen (if the minimum number of participants is reached: n°6 participants) buying the ticket directly from our online ticket shop and paying the full price in advance, or sending  a 30% deposit by bank transfer to this account IBAN IT83D0306901205100000112787 and paying cash the remaining amount at the end of the activity.

 

 

Useful inks:

Download schedule of the trekking

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