Balmenhorn Bivouac

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Balmenhorn Bivouac
Bivacco Felice Giordano (it)

Photo of the Balmenhorn Bivouac
View on the hut from above with Christ statue in the back

Elevation 4,167 m13,671.26 ft
2.589 miles
Type CAI
Location Valle d'Aosta, Italy
Range Pennine Alps
Massif Monte Rosa
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DMS Coor. 45°54´47"N, 7°51´27"E
Swiss Coor. 632550 / 84730
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Coordinates Information

Nearby Features
Balmenhorn, Città di Mantova Hut, Corno Nero, Dufourspitze, Gnifetti Hut, Grenzgipfel, Grenzsattel, Gugliermina Bivouac, Liskamm East, Liskamm West, Ludwigshöhe, Margherita Hut, Monte Rosa, Ostspitze, Parrotspitze, Punta Giordani, Pyramid Vincent, Signalkuppe, Silbersattel, Zumsteinspitze
Alpinist's Info
Base(s) Alagna Valsesia, Gressoney-la-Trinité, Zermatt
Summit(s) Castor, Corno Nero, Dufourspitze, Liskamm, Ludwigshöhe, Parrotspitze, Piramide Vincent, Signalkuppe, Zumsteinspitze
Topo. Map SLK 1348: Zermatt
IGC 109: Monte Rosa - Alagna -
Valsesia - Macugnaga - Gressoney
Approach Difficulty Rating F F
Hut Info
Places 6
Guarded always unguarded
Catering No drinks and No food
Tel. 0039 (0)163 515 30 (info)
Balmenhorn Bivouac (Italy )
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[edit] General information

The Balmenhorn Bivouac (Italian: Bivacco Felice Giordano) (4,167 m) is a mountain bivouac hut above Gressoney-la-Trinité and Alagna Valsésia in the Pennine Alps in Valle d'Aosta, Italy. It's a small wood-built hut situated on the Balmenhorn, a rognon on the E side of the Lis Glacier. A large (3.6 m) statue of Christ (Christo delle Vette) stands on the rocks above the hut. It is made out of bronze and was created by Alfredo Bai in 1955.

[edit] History

During WW1 a first hut was built on the Balmenhorn. In 1955 the Christ statue was built and in 1985 the current hut replaced the old one. The hut was dedicated to Felice Giordano (a guide from Alagna Valsesia) who lost his life during an alpine rescue mission.

[edit] Accommodation

6 places, gas stove available

[edit] Approach Route

Climb the rocks above the hut to get on to the Lis Glacier. Climb the glacier up gently inclined slopes towards the NE and then N to pass the W flank of Piramide Vincent. Somewhat steeper, crevassed slopes are now climbed whilst still heading N. The angle eases considerably as you pass the rock outcrop of the Balmenhorn (4,167 m) on your R. On the rocks there is a statue of Christ which is visible from the trail. The hut is not visible. Straight ahead is the W col of the Lisjoch. Climb the rock (II) to the hut from the R.

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