The guides of Bessans offer you a climb up Pointe Marie or Pointe de l'Ouillarse for an introduction to glacier mountaineering!
In Haute Maurienne in the Vanoise National Park, come and learn about mountaineering with an experienced guide from Bessans.
You can either climb the Pointe Marie on the Italian border or the Pointe de l'Ouillarse.
Pointe Marie: At an altitude of 3,313 meters, it's an ideal course for an introduction to glacier mountaineering. From the Avérole refuge, you go up along the Oney stream and then through a small corridor in the middle of the rocks to reach 2,587 meters to the small lake of Arnès Glacier. Then you cross on the hillside to reach the bottom of the combe of the Arnès (2,707m). You climb towards Col d'Arnès, and at 2,900m, towards the slopes of the Arnès glacier then the Pointe Marie by a pass (3,321m) under the rock face of Ouille d'Arbéron.
The descent is straight on the glacier then by the narrow gorge of the torrent.
Pointe de l'Ouillarse: Access is via the Avérole Valley on a dirt road.
From the pastures of Buffaz, you go around the foothills of Ouille Allegra, then join a small cirque at 2,700 meters between Ouille Allegra and the peaks of the Grand Fond. Then you head to the moraines of the Grand Fond glacier then to the gently sloping ice tongue. You go up the glacier to reach a large saddle of snow abutting on the only elevation easily accessible from the glacier. Finally, you arrive at the summit at 3,478 metres by an easy rock climb.
The descent is by the same route.