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Cime du Gélas: Normal Route - via Madone de Fenestre

Climb: Follow the road until the bridge 1649m. Leave the road to remain on the right bank and again rejoin the road at point 1689m. Follow it until the bridge under the madone refuge 1850m. Go right along the torrent and pass in front of the Madone cow barns. Climb the slopes still on the right of the torrent until a flat area (Gias Cabret 2065m). Enter the Cabret dale then towards 2250m climb on the left via beautiful slopes leading to a flat area (Lac Balaour 2342m). Climb the slope which follows on the right to reach the Lac Cabret 2485m. Go up the dale which passes under the rock bars of the Risso Cabret, and which leads on a flat area to 2950m (the Terrasse du Gelas). From there, going up the slopes on the left which leads to the foot of the E corridor. Climb the corridor on foot until the saddle (usual storage area for skis). The summit top out is carried out by following a mixed ridge (difficult). If there is very strong snow cover it is possible to leave on skis from the summit (S5, exposed).

Descent: by the same way as the ascent. Variant: From Terrasse du Gelas, it is also possible to climb the S scoop to Balcon du Gelas 3085m. It also constitutes an excellent view-point (PD +, S3).

  • Difficulty: S4 - Difficult (<45°)
  • Danger/Exposure: E2 - Medium/High
  • Time: 06:00 hours
  • Total climb: 1700 m
  • Total elevation drop: 1700 m
  • Highest altitude: 3143 m
  • Lowest altitude: 1443 m
  • Extra gear: None
  • Lift access: No



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