Crossing of the Entrêves needles

The Needles of Entreuves are the Italian counterparts of the Cosmic Ridge. Much wilder and of a similar technical level, it allows to enjoy a superb view of the Aosta Valley, and enjoy the change of scenery provided by the passage in Italy. It is a very complete mountaineering race: glacial approach, sometimes aerial and mixed ridge, fun mixed with climbing and snow. A beautiful gateway to the mountaineering activity!
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Incredible view on Valle d'Aosta.

Before even taking the slightest step on the glacier, we need to change our atmosphere. From a northern Chamonix valley, sometimes dark and austere, succeeds the Valle d'Aosta, a true enclave, where vegetation reminds us of the Southern Alps. Here, there are larches, an incredible view of the mythical integral of Peuterey, and an indescribable atmosphere!

The day begins under the auspices of a good cappuccino! When, the taste buds are well awake, then comes the moment to go up a floor, via the "Skyway" swivel cable car, which teleports us in a few minutes to more than 3000m of altitude.

From here, two options are available to us: the crossing of the Aiguilles d'Entrêves can be done by day starting with the first bucket, where it is possible to immerse yourself a little longer in the heart of the Mont massif -White spending one night at the Torino refuge, and enjoying a sunset / sunrise always bright and colorful. The first day will be devoted to an introduction to mountaineering techniques, or the realization of a race a little easier.

After an hour of approach on the glacier of the Giant, we attack the ridge by difficulties that rise crescendo. The key passage (level 4) will mark the end of the climb.

From the top, the look can run 360 °: the face on Mont Blanc and its famous ridge "Intégrale de Peuterey" on one side, the Round Tower and the Cursed Combe on the other, the Aiguille du Midi in the distance, and pursuing the engaged ridge, the long ridge of ridge which attacks at the Dent du Géant and leads to the summit of the Grandes Jorasses.

After a break at the summit, a mixed descent, snow and rock will deposit us on the glacier. The return to the refuge / cable car will be made by the same way as the outward journey.

Difficulty: AD-, a step of 4
Altitude difference: about 100m
Timetable: approach 1h, crossing of ridge 3h, descent 1h.

Good to know about the adventure
Crossing of the Entrêves needles

The price include
- Supervision by a UIAGM mountain guide
-2 participants maximum
-Collective gear for safety and progression
The price doesn't include
- Loan of technical equipment ( Shoes, crampons, ice axes)
- Road transport costs until the meeting point
- Accomodation (shelter) and meals
-Les remontées mécaniques
Good physical condition
Last Détails
Plan to take your identity papers (passport or card)
Your vital card
If you have a rescue and repatriation insurance, please provide the contract number.
Plan a 55 € round trip per participant for the Skyway cable car
Half board in Torino Hutt 60 €/participant
If you want to sleep at the shelter before contact us.
Meeting place
Aiguille d'Entrèves-Massif du Mont-Blanc
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