Testa Nera 2819m, 12/7 2013

Today I am going home to Sweden. But there is time for a short trip before driving to the airfield. 

This is an accessible and nice peak. You can go by car from Aosta to Pila, and from there with the lift to more than 2300m. Clear paths and signs show the way up the mountain. (larger picture)


It's only a 5-10min walk to Lago di Chamole. (larger picture)

The trail leads around the lake, and then up the slopes with swichbacks. Testa Nera rises behind. (larger picture)

Until 2640m the path is easy. After the signs it gets steeper and more difficult. (larger picture)

There is some scrambling here. If you don't like hights, do not take this route. (larger picture)

The summit cross on Testa Nera, 2819m, with Mt. Blanc in the background. A very, very impressive mountain. (larger picture)

You can continue up the ridge, all the way to Punta della Valletta a little to the left (with the summit cross), 3090m. The trail up is a little more difficult, and with the snow ridge at this time, I would not try it. (larger picture)

This is a very good viewpoint. Aosta is more than 2200 altitute meters below, and Grand Combin, 4314m, in the background to the right. (larger picture)

A closeup on Grand Combin. A very, very impressive mountain. What, have I already said that? (larger picture)

Close by, to the east, rises Monte Emilius 3559m. (larger picture)

But the most impressive of them all, from here, must be La Grivola 3969m. (larger picture)

I make my descent on the other side, the western. This trail leads directly to the lift station and a cappuccino, without any technical difficulties. This is the route for those who don't want steep climbs. (larger picture)