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Mountaineering

Bivacco Sberna

Sberna Bivouac, Col Neyron (mt 3414)
Level of difficulty: E
Description 
From Chabod walk past the winter building and continue in the same direction up the grassy slope on the left until you reach a morainic expanse. From here, continue until the foot of the Montandayné glacier. Start to climb up the glacier, moving in a wide semicircle-type pattern until you reach the final slope of the Neyron pass (terrain type mixed at times), where the bivouac is located.
The bivouac has six sleeping spaces.
To hike down from the bivouac, either follow the way you came. Alternatively, continue along the same ridge towards the north-west face until you can make out an easy passage that passes over the final crevasse of the Grand Neyron glacier. Climb your way down the glacier, first towards the right, then towards the left until you reach the bottom of the glacier, in the vicinity of upper Leviona pasture.
This route is possible both in spring as an alpine ski itinerary. 

Bivacco Leonessa

Bivacco Leonessa (mt 2910) via Bonney pass
Level of difficulty:AD+
Itinerary
From Chabod walk past the winter building and continue in the same direction up the grassy slope on the left until you reach a morainic expanse. From here, continue until the foot of the Montandayné glacier. Start to climb up the glacier, moving in a wide semicircle-type pattern until you reach the final slope of the Neyron pass (terrain type mixed at times), where the Sberna bivouac is located.
At the bottom of the final slope, which leads to the bivouac and the Gran Neyron pass, start hiking crossways up the steep stony pathway until you reach the Bonney mountain pass (mt 3587). The next step is the descent towards the Tsasset glacier. So take the pass, on the right-hand side, and make your way down the narrow path, which provides an easy way down to the glacier.
To descent the glacier, head for the midpoint, then straight away head left, passing under the rocky ridge jutting from the Herbetet. Keep on this path until the ridge ends. From here you will encounter some morainic terrain that leads you to the Leonessa bivouac.
From the bivouac you may also continue on to hamlet at Herbetet (mt 2435). From here you can hike down to the Valnontey valley, or alternatively cross over to the Sella refuge.

Gran Paradiso by standard route from Chabod refuge

Level of difficulty:P D
This climb requires the highest degree of mountaineering experience on account of the terrain type involved. Greater care must be taken when ascending the Laveciau glacier, where crevasses are encountered more frequently than via the traditional route, which starts out from the Vittorio Emanuele refuge.
Leave the refuge and keep going past the winter building. After 50 metres or so, head right on a small level pathway that winds its way along the mountain side until you reach the vicinity of the aqueduct—at times a black pipeline can be seen. Continue on the same level past the water conduct and you will come to the large moranic ridge beneath the Piccolo Paradiso. Climb the entire slope until you reach the foot of the Laveciau glacier (c. mt 3200). Once you’ve reached this altitude head for the north-west face, cross the mound heading right until you reach the north-west ridge descending from the Gran Paradiso. Altitude here is c. mt 3300.
First, head crossways into the foot of the glacier valley. Head for the point where the valley ends. Afterwards climb up while bearing right until you reach the “schiena d’asino” (donkey’s back), where the trail leading up from the Vittorio Emanuele refuge intersects. Altitude here is mt 3700.
Continue while bearing left towards the Montcorvè pass, and keeping your direction towards the left climb up the steep slope which after crossing the final crevasse and the nearby rock face leads you to the summit of the “Madonnina” of Gran Paradiso (mt 4061).
For the descent take the same route, or return to the “Schiena d’Asino”, where you can head left to go down to the Vittorio Emanuele refuge.
By zigzagging across the glacier valley, the same direction will take you to a pass (c. mt 3300). From this point, you descend towards Vittorio Emanuele on the route (overlooking the Gran Paradiso glacier) which also leads to the north-west face. 

Gran Paradiso, north-west face

Level of difficulty: D
The beautiful glacier wall, which can be followed along its full width, extends for 600 metres from the base.
We advise taking this route from late June through to mid-July, depending on weather conditions and the amount of people following the same itinerary. 

Gran Paradiso, north-east ridge

Level of difficulty: D-
Before reaching the base on the north-west face, head left in order to start climb up the glacier via a rocky area, all the while heading for the Piccolo Paradiso pass. Try to find the easiest path possible up this steep slope and press on towards the ridge. Continue to the rocky spire at mt 3975. Head down into the Cogne valley. Follow the rocky passages and the snow-clad slope that takes you back to the mountainside. Climb the ridge dominating the north-west face. You will soon see another rocky ridge that leads directly to the summit.
For the descent, either use the standard routes to Chabod or Vittorio Emanuele.


Montandayne via Bonney pass

Level of difficulty: AD
Itinerary
From Chabod walk past the winter building and continue in the same direction up the grassy slope on the left until you reach a morainic expanse. From here, continue until the foot of the Montandayné glacier. Start to climb up the glacier, moving in a wide semicircle-type pattern until you reach the final slope of the Neyron pass (terrain type mixed at times), where the Sberna bivouac is located.
At the bottom of the final slope, which leads to the bivouac and the Gran Neyron pass, start hiking crossways up the steep stony pathway until you reach the Bonney mountain pass (mt 3587). The next step is the descent towards the Tsasset glacier. So take the pass, on the right-hand side, and make your way down the narrow path, which provides an easy way down to the glacier. Head right and climb back up the glacier, sloping round slightly until you reach the final crevasse. From here climb back up straight towards the ridge and cross over the snow mass . After some minutes of climbing, you will reach the summit (mt 3838).
Use the same route for descent. 

Montandayne via northern pass, south face

Level of difficulty : AD+
Itinerary
From Chabod walk past the winter building and continue in the same direction up the grassy slope on the left until you reach a morainic expanse. From here, continue until the foot of the Montandayné glacier. Start to climb up the glacier, heading for the Montandayné pass. The first part of the climb is crossways towards the right. Halfway up the slope that leads to the pass, make a sharp left, crossing over the final crevasse, and head for the lowest part of the pass. From here descend into the Cogne valley. Hiking via the rocky ledge, head towards the glacier's crest, which leads to the summit.
For the descent, take the standard route via Bonney pass. 

Hike Piccolo Gran Paradiso

It’s the crossing from Montandayné pass to the top of the Gran Paradiso, one of the most amusing in the area; being not popular its beauty is increased .
ITINERARY: from the refuge Chabod follow the path in the direction of the Levionaz valley, after 10 minutes head right to the peak of Montandayné (path n. 5); reach the glacier in 1h45 and walk on it toward Montandayné pass (3723m – 3-3h30 from the refuge). Follow the easy ridge to the top of the first tower (Punta Vaccarone-3868m) where often you can take off you crampons.
In order to reach the central peak (P. Farra-3921m-2hfrom the col) and the south peak (P. Frassi-3923m) surround or climb various towers using double equipped ropes (with higher difficulties continue on the Cogne side). In the next part the route is usually in good condition so if you encounter ruins it means you lost the way. The descent from the peak is on the snow and then through easy rocks until Piccolo Paradiso pass (3877m-3 hours from the Col). Paying attention to the large ledges on the Cogne side, climb the peak on its steep side rounding a giant rock above Cogne (3975m).
Continuing on the edge of the peak you reach the Gran Paradiso (4061m- 4h from Montandayné pass, 7/8h30 from the refuge Chabod).
DIFFICULTY: classical itinerary, slopes on the snow 40/45°, a short climbing part 3+ forwarded crossing, and Small double equipped ropes. The final peak can be more difficult when icy.
EQUIPMENT: security equipment for ice, 2 friend (2/3), some nut and some tape.

Herbetet south face through col Bonney

Level of difficulty: AD +
The peak is not popular. First walk on the glacier then climb up through ledges and needles alternatively on the Cogne side and on the Valsavarenche side. See further details in the guide “Monti d’Italia Gran Paradiso”.

Crossing from the petit to the Grand Paradis

It’s the crossing from Montandayné pass to the top of the Gran Paradiso, one of the most amusing in the area; being not popular its beauty is increased .
ITINERARY: from the refuge Chabod follow the path in the direction of the Levionaz valley, after 10 minutes head right to the peak of Montandayné (path n. 5); reach the glacier in 1h45 and walk on it toward Montandayné pass (3723m – 3-3h30 from the refuge). Follow the easy ridge to the top of the first tower (Punta Vaccarone-3868m) where often you can take off you crampons.
In order to reach the central peak (P. Farra-3921m-2hfrom the col) and the south peak (P. Frassi-3923m) surround or climb various towers using double equipped ropes (with higher difficulties continue on the Cogne side). In the next part the route is usually in good condition so if you encounter ruins it means you lost the way. The descent from the peak is on the snow and then through easy rocks until Piccolo Paradiso pass (3877m-3 hours from the Col). Paying attention to the large ledges on the Cogne side, climb the peak on its steep side rounding a giant rock above Cogne (3975m).
Continuing on the edge of the peak you reach the Gran Paradiso (4061m- 4h from Montandayné pass, 7/8h30 from the refuge Chabod).
DIFFICULTY: classical itinerary, slopes on the snow 40/45°, a short climbing part 3+ forwarded crossing, and Small double equipped ropes. The final peak can be more difficult when icy.
EQUIPMENT: security equipment for ice, 2 friend (2/3), some nut and some tape.