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Distance

7.53 mi

Elevation gain

4,167 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

932 ft

Max elevation

9,454 ft

Trailrank

91 4.8

Min elevation

5,367 ft

Trail type

One Way

Moving time

4 hours 45 minutes

Time

6 hours 31 minutes

Coordinates

2195

Uploaded

September 8, 2019

Recorded

September 2019
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9,454 ft
5,367 ft
7.53 mi

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near Gressoney-La-Trinitè, Valle d’Aosta (Italia)

We started our 4th day by crossing the river and following the trail number 9 to Stafal. The walk is beautiful next to the Lys river following the "Sentieri del Lys". We reached Stafal after a 5 km-walk and around 200 m ascent. You can refill your water bags or bottles at Stafal (check waypoint). Cross the bridge and search for the 7C trail leading to Colle della Salza (2890 m). We choosed this variante of the TMR because it is more scenic and it crosses a high mountain pass. The trail heads up north with superb views of the Lys glacier, then east (7 C) into the Salza valley (the trail 7 continues north). The ascent to Colle della Salza is long and physically demanding but the sceneries are breathtaking. The final climb to the Col (last 100 m of ascent) is slippery in wet weather. We had a mix of snow and icy mud. The arrival to the Col is rewarding. You will have magnificent views from both sides. From the col, we started our descent to Orestes Hütte reached in about 45 min. It usually takes less time (30 to 35 min) but we stopped to take photos of a group of Ibexes and many marmottes. Meeting the Ibex was the reward after the long climb! By the time we arrived to Orestes Hütte, the weather changed from cloudy to snowy. This beautiful private hut is dedicated to the memory of a renowned alpinist, Oreste Squinobal (1942-2004). It offers the comfort of a good hotel with excellent vegeterian food at the altitude of 2600 m. The price for a half board stay was 95 euros per person in a double room with private bathroom or 69 euros per person with shared facilities. Some luxury doesn't harm when you are sweating the whole day!
Bridge

Crossing to other side of river

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Beautiful trail next to the river

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River

Lys river

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Turn around the house

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Go right next to hous3

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Follow trail 9
Waypoint

Orsia town

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Bridge

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Sentier de Lys

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Stafal - Gabiet lift station

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1825 m
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Stafal

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Fountain

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Intersection

Follow 7C to Colle Salza

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Panorama

On the way up

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Follow 7C to the right

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Panorama

Panorama

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Wilderness hut

Salza inferior

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Approaching the Col

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Plateau

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Last push to the col Salza

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Slippery ascent

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Mountain pass

Colle Salza 2882 m

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Intersection

Follow 6B to Orestes Hutte

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Meet the Ibex!

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Follow 6B to the hut

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Orestes hutte

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4 comments

  • Photo of rana lonnen

    rana lonnen Sep 8, 2019

    Sounds like an amazing day! I can’t wait to do it one day .. the ibex meeting was the icing on the cake!

  • Photo of ala.jadooa

    ala.jadooa Sep 10, 2019

    Why not! If you can afford it, engulfed yourself into this pleasure 😊😊

  • Photo of mehdi.tabibvand

    mehdi.tabibvand Feb 26, 2020

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  • Photo of Nunziocipolla67

    Nunziocipolla67 Jul 9, 2020

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Ho fatto il tratto da Stafal sino al rifugio di Oreste.
    a Luglio 2020 il rifugio era chiuso causa post COVID. E' meglio telefonare nel caso si volesse soggiornare li.
    Il sentiero è molto ben indicato e semplice. Solo la parte immediatamente sotto il Colle della Salza è un pelo più impegnativo per la presenza di neve e un pò di fango.

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