This walk is part of the trek Trek across the Gran Paradiso.
A long and difficult stage due to the ascension of 2 passes.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Head north-west (D) into the small valley; a well-marked trail rapidly heads due west still waymarked with yellow triangles, and after a steep slope, reaches the foot of Passo Alto. Head up this windy trail to the pass (2850 m) (1).
Head north east, down the scree never loosing sight of the yellow waymarks and cairns. Walk at a decent distance to the right along the lake (Laghi di Lantaney) reaching Promoud Sheepfold (2).
Cross the torrent, take a hairpin right and start the climb to Col de la Crosetta (3).
Then head down towards Planaval, pass by di Fondo Lake (4) and down a trail with multiple bends you'll reach La Clusaz Village road (5).
Head in an overall west direction on that road taking you to Planaval Village (7).
The hotel is at the village entrance.
D : mi 0 - alt. 8146ft
1 : mi 1.51 - alt. 9203ft
2 : mi 3.39 - alt. 6749ft
3 : mi 4.63 - alt. 9255ft
4 : mi 5.44 - alt. 7989ft
5 : mi 7.65 - alt. 5348ft
A : mi 8.28 - alt. 5118ft
Water source at Promoud Sheepfold.
A comfortable hotel lodge at Planaval
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