The itinerary of the trail was conceived by Bruno Brunod (sky running world champion and ‘Forte di Bard Team’ member), Franco Collé (Italian no. 1 for TdG 2012) and Giancarlo Annovazzi (Italian no. 1 for TdG 2011), with the objective of bringing awareness to an Alpine landscape and culture that are unique in their kind.
TRAIL 114 km
This is the first climb to reach Alpe Sant’Anna at 2170 m. Pass by the arrival of the cableway to reach the village Treielle along the local road which goes down to Staffal.
From Treielle go direct North to get to Alpage Cortlys. Walk ahead North towards the spring of the stream Lys till 2165 m, where you enter the glen Vallone di Salza. Arrive at the col Salza at 2882 m and start descending, passing the mountain lodge Rifugio Oreste Hutte to reach Lake Gabiet. Follow the orographic right side till the retaining wall. Keep walking down to Eselbode in Gressoney-La-Trinité and down towards Gressoney-Saint-Jean on the orographic left side until reaching the village Frazione Rong (-855 m). From this point walk up to Pass Valdobbiola at 2635 m. Through a short passage in Piedmont you finally reach the mountain lodge Sottile at 2488 m, where the slope starts descending to Gressoney-Saint-Jean by the Sport Haus building.
Checkpoint – 3.00pm time deadline
Cross the street and keep going North until you reach the village Frazione Woald where you cross back to the street and walk following the orographic left side directed South to the village Frazione Trino at 1268 m. Here you start climbing the glen Vallone della Forca leading to Pass Frudiere at 2265 m , through which you access Val d’Ayas.
Down the slope you reach the Frudiere Lakes at 2.039 m and, still descending the slope, you get to the village of Chancharlec at 1750 m; from here on, walk off-road and follow the track to reach the village of Graines at 1390 m, and down to the village of Arcesaz at 1150 m. It is time to move to the orographic right side and start climbing the Val d’Ayas walking at the foot of Mount Testa di Comagna and then alongside Lake Brusson. Once you reach the village of Vollon at 1300 m, move back to the orographic left side crossing the regional road n. 45 and start climbing towards the village of Brusson passing through the village of Pea at 1380 m and finally arrive at the school where there is the feed station (base vita for food, refreshment, assistance and medical care, rescue).
Checkpoint – 11 pm time deadline
Through the village of Brusson keep walking to the East to find the track leading to Alpage Pacard and Lavassey at 2020 m. Here you’ll find a local road to the mountain lodge Rifugio Arp in the wide valley of the Lakes Palasinaz at 2446 m. Once the first lakes are reached, change direction towards Col Palasinaz at 2660 m and go downhill to Champoluc through the valley of Mascognaz and its stunning village. After crossing the centre of Champoluc at 1580 m, climb again to the village of Crest and then descend along the local road to the village of Villy and the Monterosa Terme refreshment point.
Checkpoint – 4.00am time deadline
Flanking the stream Evançon on the orographic right side, go back to Champoluc and take the path to Mandrou at 1850 m, to the mountain pasture Alpe Chavanna at 2020 m and to the lake Lo Scien at 2290 m. Go downhill to reach the mountain pasture Alpe Nana Inferiore and the village of Saint Jacques at 1700 m. Pass by a little church and climb towards the village of Resy at 2080 m and then, along the Tour del Mont Rose trail (TMR) reach Alpe Mandria and the lake Ciarcerio at 2380 m. Now leave the TMR and go downhill to Alpe Cazet in the Contenery glen at 2240 m, and after a short rise you will reach Alpe Belvedere and the picturesque villages of Crest at 1930 m, Frantze 1890 m and Cuneaz at 2040 m. Here take alta via n. 1 to Col Pinter at 2776 m towards Valle di Gressoney. Once at the col at 2776 m, run downhill to the Walser village of Alpenzu Grande at 1779 m. Keep hiking North coasting the mountain to the other Walser village of Alpenzu Piccolo and finally reach Gressoney-La-Trinité.
TRAIL 50 km DESCRIPTION:
50 KM – 3.940 m D+ altitude range
This is the first climb to reach Alpe Sant’Anna at 2170 m. Pass by the arrival of the cableway and take the track to reach the village of Staffal, 370 m D- downhill. From Staffal turn left after the bridge, where the climb to Gabiet begins, on the right after the bar Walsertal. Get to lake Gabiet at 2363 m and walk along its right side till the retaining wall at the South. Keep walking down to Eselbode in Gressoney-La-Trinité and down towards Gressoney-Saint-Jean on the orographic left side until reaching the village Frazione Rong (-855 m). From this point walk up to Pass Valdobbiola at 2635 m. Through a short passage in Piedmont you finally reach the mountain lodge Sottile at 2488 m, where the slope starts descending to Gressoney-Saint-Jean by the Sport Haus building.
Checkpoint – 2.30pm time deadline
Here cross the regional road and head towards the Savoy Castle, reaching the ski lift Ronken where the track to Col Ranzola at 2171 m begins. Then run downhill to the little lake Gover in Gressoney-Saint-Jean. Now it’s time to climb the valley on its right side, first crossing the Queen’s path and then walking along to the Walser village of Alpenzu Grande at 1779 m. Keep hiking North coasting the mountain to the other Walser village of Alpenzu Piccolo and finally reach Gressoney-La-Trinité.
TRAIL 20 Km DESCRIPTION:
20 KM – 850 m D+ altitude range
Climb North coasting the stream Lys for about 2 km to a bridge. Cross the bridge and run back to the village. Reach the regional road, cross it and keep walking along the road opposite the hotel Jolanda to enter the field hosting the famous trail running Trofeo Mezzalama. Then take the “strada Lombarda” to reach the Sport Haus. Cross the regional road for the last time and head towards the Savoy Castle where the Queen’s path begins and follow it to the village of Chemonal. Keep walking to the Walser village of Alpenzu Grande. Keep hiking North coasting the mountain to the other Walser village of Alpenzu Piccolo and finally reach Gressoney-La-Trinité.
IMPORTANT for ECOTRAIL and 20 KM TRAIL
Trail and Eco Trail have the same track. Eco Trail is a non-competitive trail for all runners. Eco Trail only requires a medical certificate not specific for athletes.
SPECIAL RUN for people with disabilities
4,2 KM – 200 m D+ altitude range
This experimental racetrack with limited enrolment for people with disabilities is a project promoted by Consorzio Gressoney Monterosa and the associations Girotondo, Insieme, Aspert-Associazione Sport per tutti, Special Olympics Valle d’Aosta.