Starting in Pila at an altitude of 1800 m. (it is possible to get from Aosta to Pila by car or on a cable car for 6 euros go/back), we trek up for about 1.40 hours through alpine meadows covered by flowers, rivers, small forest til we get to the Chamolé lake (2325m), where you can stop for a rest.
Elevation: + 525m (Pila - Chamolé lake)
The time going up: 1.40 hours (Pila - Chamolé lake)
If you feel tired, you can end the route at the lake, but we would suggest to climb up to Col Replan (2373m), where you can admire the stunning views of the main peaks of the region (4810m Mont Blanc, Cervino / Matterhorn 4478m, Grand Combin 4314).
The ascent will take about 30 minutes.
Elevation: + 48m (Chamolé lake - Col Replan)
The time going up: 30 min (Chamolé lake - Col Replan)
After having rest on a Chamolé lake (2325m) the journey is continues until the Arbolle refuge (2511m).
The section till colle di Chamolé (2641m) is quite steep and it takes about 45 min. From the hill it takes about 20 minutes to get to refuge.
Elevation: +316m - 130m
Time: 1,10 h.
The hike starts at the St. Bernard Pass, just on the border between Switzerland and Italy.
1. From the col du Fenêtre de Ferret you can already see the lakes below but above all you have a breathtaking view of the Mont Blanc massif and the Mont Dolent right in front of you! Firstly, you will see two of the three Lacs de Fenêtre (one is hidden behind a ridge) sparkling in a greenish blue, against the backdrop of the Monts Telliers and the Col de l’Arpalle.
2. The rocky ridge up on the right looks impassible and at first it is hard to see where the Col des Bastillon goes. The descent from the pass to the lakes of Lé is much gentler than on the other side! The stony path winds gently towards the lakes. There are 3 lakes Lé, but they are much less well known than the lacs de fenêtre, but they are as well very pretty.
3. Then take the path upwards and through the scree to the Col des Chevaux. The path is never steep but climbs in broad sweeps, it is easy to imagine pack horses being taken this way. Remember to look behind you as the higher that you ascend the more that you Mont Dolent as it become visible behind the Col des Bastillon.
4. Follow the path downhill to where it joins the road on the Swiss side of the Grand St Bernard Pass just before the hospice.
Elevation: +1050m - 1050m
Time: 6 h.
You can find about 200 small and big sculptures, carved from wood and representing animals and personages of the Alps ( birds in the trees, mushrooms, hedgehogs, foxes, human sculptures). The ascent takes about 1-45 - 2 h.
This refuge is a new structure with the appearance of a typical alpine chalet and it is the perfect place for some trekking or a high-altitude excursion.
Elevation: + 590m (Vetan - Rif. Mont Fallère)
+344m (Rif. Mont Fallère - Col Fenêtre)
The time going up: 2 h. (Vetan - Rif. Mont Fallère)
1 h.(Rif. Mont Fallère - Col Fenêtre)