Monte Rosa

Monte Rosa

Two valleys climb up towards the Monte Rosa massif, the Ayas Valley and the Gressoney Valley.

The former arrives at the foot of the amphitheatre of mountain peaks that runs from the Breithorn to the Castore, starting out from Verrès and passing through the municipalities of Challand-Saint-Victor, Challand-Saint-Anselme, Brusson and Ayas; while the latter peaks at the mountainside that runs from the Castore to Punta Gnifetti, where the “Regina Margherita” mountain hut and science laboratory was built in 1893.

On the way up the Gressoney or Lys Valleys you will pass through Perloz, Lillianes, Fontainemore, Issime, Gaby, Gressoney-Saint-Jean and Gressoney-La-Trinité. Both the valleys, especially in the upper part, were affected by the migration that in the 12th - 13th centuries led the Walser peoples to move from the Valais to various other areas south of the Alps. For several centuries, the two valleys were communication and trade routes linking the Aosta Valley, Valais and Piedmont, until the advance of the glaciers that began in the 14th century made the high mountain passes impracticable.

Localities

Champoluc - Ayas - Antagnod

Champoluc - Ayas - Antagnod

Ayas is the last of the municipalities in the Evançon Valley, and is situated in a basin overlooked by the Monte Rosa massif.

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Brusson

Brusson

The delightful landscape and the particularly mild climate created by its sunny position make Brusson an ideal destination for holidaymakers all year round.

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Gressoney-Saint-Jean

Gressoney-Saint-Jean

Gressoney-Saint-Jean a favourite tourist resort of Queen Margherita of Savoy who spent her summer holidays here.

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Gressoney-La-Trinité

Gressoney-La-Trinité

Situated in a large, flat area in the shadow of the huge Lyskamm Glacier, Gressoney-La-Trinité is the last of the villages in the Lys Valley.

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Challand-Saint-Anselme

Challand-Saint-Anselme

Challand-Saint-Anselme sits almost halfway up the Ayas Valley, and is a middle-altitude resort popular with families.

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Challand-Saint-Victor

Challand-Saint-Victor

Challand-Saint-Victor is the first municipality you come to on the way up the Ayas Valley. It was the first of the possessions to be held by the noble Challant family.

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Issime

Issime

Small centre in the middle of the Lys valley situated in a flat area, between meadows and forests.

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Gaby

Gaby

Nestling in an attractive basin encircled by imposing vertical rock faces, Gaby, a French-Provençal speaking island in the middle of Walser territory, was highly praised by Giosuè Carducci, a frequent visitor to the area.

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