Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Gran Paradiso - Bien in Valsavarenche to Rif. Vittoria Sella via. Col Lauson

The final few meters to Col Lauson looking west
The exposed part of the descent on the east
 side of of Col Lauson
We set the alarm for 6 but it was raining so we turned over and had another hour in bed. We left at 9 and it was still drizzling. The track opposite the campsite gave a link to route 10b that climbed through the forest to join the AV2 near a National Park chalet at 2303m (Casotto PNGP Levionaz). Once in the hanging valley of Costa de la Tsau the path climbed a grassy tongue with zig zags making the climbing gentle. Only the final 300m were steep on stony scree. A narrow gap formed Col de Entrelor (3299m) and from this height the other cols that we had grossed looked small and low in comparison.

Looking back to Col de Entrelor on the east side
The first part of the descent required a good head for heights as it took a narrow sloping path on loose gravel with a rope in some places for reassurance. After this the descent was much easier and took a short time for us to reach Rifugio Vittoria Sella (2588m).

The refuge was one of the hunting lodges used by Italian nobels in the past. It consists of two large blocks rather like military barracks and a small cafe with a sunny and sheltered outside seating area where we sat drinking tea and beer and eating cake. It was very quiet this late in the season so again we had a large and comfortable room to ourselves. The restaurant was in the other building and it was being run by a family with their children helping out.

We were served vegetable soup and a veggie burger with an excellent salad and potatoes.

Ascent 1700m
Descent 760m
Dist. 15km

Col Lauson

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Good to note the excellent veggie food provisions served at this refuge. I think they were doing quiche when we stayed there but veggie burger sounds good too.