Aiguille d'Entrèves : Descent on the Toule glacier

Aiguille d'Entrèves : Descent on the Toule glacier

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Map

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  • IGN - 3531ET - St-Gervais les Bains - Massif du Mont Blanc
  • IGN - 3630OT - Chamonix - Massif du Mont Blanc
  • Escursionista - ESC01 - Monte Bianco, Courmayeur

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General

route_types: loop
activities:
durations: 1 day(s)

quality: medium

Rating

AD / S4

heights

elevation min/max : 3800 m / 3600 m

height_diff: +500 m / -3700 m

gear

glacier_gear: glacier_safety_gear

Access

lift_access : yes

orientations

E W S N

description

Approach

From the Aig du Midi cable car station, go down the ridge and follow the Vallee Blanche route, keeping to the true right side of the Geant glacier. Pass the Pointe Lachenal at the foot of the Pyramide du Tacul.

Ascent

Skins on! Climb up towards the Col d'Entreves passing between the Aiguille de Toule on the right and the Tour Ronde on the left. Gain the summit of the Aiguille d'Entreves. May have a large cornice.

Descent

Magnificent S facing slope of 40/45° for about 500m, to gain the Toule glacier. Ski down to the Mont Frety mid station (2144m) to take the lift back up to Helbronner. Descend to Chamonix by the Vallée Blanche route.

Gear:
Ski and snowboard touring, snowshoeing
Matériel de glacier

remarks

Careful crossing the bergshrund, depending on the descent line taken.
Faces S, risk of wet snow avalanches.
The tour can be made technically much easier by ascending well to the left of the Aig du Toule and descending from the E Col du Toule, (old metal stairway,) directly onto the Toule glacier.

Sensitive areas
There are sensitive areas on this route. Please refer to the map.

gear

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