from Refuge Chivasso/Savoia to Refuge Benevolo via Col Leynir
Countries crossed : Italie
Positive elevation +800 m
Negative elevation -1145 m
Duration 6 h
Distance 12 km
Level Very easy
From Refuge Chivasso/Savoia to Col Leynir
2 h 40
Below the Chivasso Refuge, in the straight line of the plateau that goes towards Lake Nivolet, on the left you’ll find the signs indicating the start of the trail.
It gains altitude in the meadows and then, a few minutes later, branches off to the right towards the mountain pasture building. The path continues, taking a moderate slope and then runs along Lake Rosset to the right. It becomes steeper up to the 2954m point to lose a little altitude when entering the Leynir Valley. Cross it and then climb back up on the right-hand shoulder. The final climb is on sandy ground which connects to the pass located at 3090m.
Like the tour of Mont Blanc, Col Leynir, via Col du Nivolet, is a popular route for mountain bikers because there are not too many big slopes or technical difficulties.
From the col to the chalet of Vaudalettaz
1 h 20
The trail begins with a steep descent over detrital terrain marked by cairns. By making a semicircle, you can cross this moraine along the side of a few lakes. Then, there’s grassy terrain that descends to the upper Vaudalettaz alpine chalet located at 2444 metres.
From the chalet of Vaudalettaz to Benevolo
After passing the alpine chalet, lose a few dozen more metres, cross the stream to go back up 100m of ascent on the opposite bank. From there, you can enjoy a magnificent view over the Col Leynir Valley that you have walked through, over the Rosset Valley and Rhêmes Valley. The path descends on the other side and, after 150m of ascent, it arrives just above the Grande Vaudalaz. After passing the Grand Vaudalaz stream, a diagonal takes you up to 2407m where a promontory offers a magnificent view over the Rhêmes Valley. A second traverse descends the grassy slopes to pass the farm to head straight on towards the Benevolo Refuge.
From the chalet of Vaudalettaz to Thumel
1 h 10
To reach the final destination of the Thumel car park, from the Vaudalettaz mountain pasture, cross the stream and continue along the path on the left which descends in hairpins towards the forest to the plain where you join the road which leads to the car park.
Points of interest
From Col Leynir, you can reach the summit of Taou Blanc.
View from Col Leynir.
Vaudalettaz alpine chalet.
Before setting off, it’s important you:
- Are fully informed (advice from professionals – instructors, guides); choose an activity and route adapted to your physical abilities, motivation and experience; take into account those who are with you; check the weather forecast for the day and don’t hesitate to change your plans if conditions are unfavourable.
- Prepare properly: never head off alone, check your equipment, reserve your place at the refuge, check your personal insurance.
- Equip yourself properly: take with you something to eat and drink; clothing suitable for what you have planned; a map.
- Ice axe
- Head lamp