With uniquely stunning views and surroundings, the Aosta Valley is a haven of cols and mountain passes, commonly known in the valley as ‘Fenetre’ (from the French for ‘window’). This col is one of the finest examples, offering one of the most spectacular views of Europe’s highest point, the peak of Mont Blanc.
Following the Aosta Valley’s Alta Via N. 1, along the route of one of the toughest ultratrails in the world, the Tor des Géants, you can reach Col Malatrà at 2936m altitude.
An undemanding cycle takes you along the dirt road to Tsa di Merdeux, and from here, with a bit of carrying and pushing, you can also get to the Rifugio Frassati mountain hut.
For the last part of the route up the Col Malatrà’s steep couloir, you need to shoulder your bike well and use the fixed ropes, taking great care on the last few steps. The view is mindblowing, and what’s more, you can get straight back on your bike to head down to the Rifugio Bonatti mountain hut and Val Ferret, or even continue onto another incredible route.