to Courmayeur. rKE-SX-DIDIER. 12. Route. 59
672 M. Villeneuve (2165 ft.; Alb. Ristorante dell' Unione; Risto¬
rante Petigaf), a picturesquely situated village, commanded by the
rock-perched ruin of Argent.
From Villeneuve to Ceresole Reale (13 hrs.). Ascent. from Villeneuve
by a paved path, rongh and steep. To the W., a fine view of Mont Blanc.
Opposite (s/4 hr.) Ghamplong, where we reach the lowest part of the Val
Savaranche (p. 63), the beantifully wooded Val de Rhémes opens on the W.;
on the height between the valleys rises the cháteau of Introd (p. 63).
Following the lofty right bank of the deep valley, we next come to (3 hrs.)
Dégioz-Valsavaranche (p. 63), then Tignet (p. 63) and Bien and (2i/4 hra.)
Pont- Valsavaranche (6385 ft.; Hót. Grivola, plain but good), the highest
hamlet in the Val Savaranche, at the W. base of the Gran Paradiso (p. 63).
The Val Savaranche divides here. We cross the brook descending
from the W. branch of the valley, and ascend a steep rocky slope in
numerous windings, paasing a fine waterfall, to the (1 hr.) Croix d'Aro-
letta (7800 ft.), a croas on the brink of a precipice, where we enjoy a
magnifícent survey of the Gran Paradiso and its three peaks opposite to
us, to the N. of which are the Becca Montandeyné, Pointe Herbetet, and
the Grivola. Traversing a desoíate, and at places marshy, valley, with
numerous trace3 of glacier-friction, we next pass the hamlet of Gran Collet
(7905 ft.; accommodation), then (1 hr.) the Chalets de Nivolet and a small
lake with a royal shooting-box, and reach the (i hr.) Col de Nivolet
(8665 ft.), a narrow ridge of rock with a superb view, to the S., of the Le¬
vanna (p. 43) rising on the opposite side of the deep Val d'Orco. To the
W. are the lofty Col de la Galise and the Cima di Bousson; to the E., the
chain of the Gran Paradiso. (A route leads to the N.W. across the Colle
Rossetto into the Val de Rhémes.)
Our route descends a steep rocky slope, in many windings, to a bleak
valley with several small tarns and a few chalets, and thence by steep
zigzags on the left side of the Agnello, with its numerous falls, to (2 hrs.)
Chiupili di Sopru (5748 ft.), the highest hamlet in the valley of the Orco.
Farther on we pass the beautifully situated Purrocchia or parish-church
(5315 ft.) and finally reach (2 hrs.) Ceresole Reale (p. 43).
Beyond Villeneuve we cross the Savaranche and ascend rapidly
to (372 M.) Arvier (2545 ft.; Croce Bianca). High up on the precip¬
itous cliff to the right stands the church of St. Nicolás (3925 ft.).
In front of us is the snowy Rutor (p. 64). — Near the beautifully
situated but dirty village of (% M.) Liverogne (2395 ft.; Hót. du
Col du Mont, plain) we cross the deep gorge of the Dora di Val-
grisanche (p. 64), and traverso a rocky gorge to Ruinaz (2580 ft.;
Croix, poor). Opposite lies Avise, with a ruined castle and an oíd
church. Mont Blanc now comes in sight. The road passes through
another wild defile (Fierre Taillée) and crosses to the left bank by
the (2 M.) Pont d'Equilive (2570 ft.). The valley expands. On the
right bank is the pretty Cascade de Derby, descending in several
leaps. 3 M. Morgex (3020 ft.; Chine Veri; Ange). Between Morgex
and Courmayeur the Dora valley intersects the limestone and quartz-
ite zone, which extends to the S.E. of Mont Blanc from Sion to
Moútiers (p. 2). The road now follows the lofty slope for some
distance, with a fine retrospective view of the Grivola (p. 61), and
crosses to the right bank of the Dora Baltea near (3 M.) —
Pré-St-Didier (3250 ft.; *Hótel de l'Univers, R. from 3, B. 17,,
déj. 3, D. 5, pens. from 9 fr., incl. wine; Hót. de Londres), a pictur¬
esquely situated village with baths, where the road to the Little St-