Alpetto Pass (2774m), trail 9
from Rong to Passo dell’Alpetto
Trail 9 starts from the hamlet of Rong in Gressoney Saint-Jean and arrives at Alpetto Pass (2774m).
It is 5126m long and the total positive elevation gain is 1333m.
The approximate time for the ascent is 3h58. The trail is rated EE difficulty.
The Valdobbiola and Alpetto passes are located at the end of a valley above the hamlet of Rong that forks in a Y shape, culminating in these two passes that are separated from each other by the long rocky spur of the Cresta Rossa (2986m)
They are both little-used passes from ancient times, because to get to Valsesia it was much more convenient to go over the Valdobbia Pass along Trail 11.
The path up to the two passes is number 9, at first in common between the two destinations: having reached the hut of Schenébiel (2318 meters), Trail 9 continues to the left and leads up to Alpetto Pass (described on this page), while to the right starts the short Trail 9A, which leads to the Valdobbiola Pass (2635m).
Both 9 and 9A are almost always well-traveled but very little-used trails: the little valley up to Alpetto Pass is less arid than the one leading to Valdobbiola Pass, but the last gully immediately below the pass is extremely isolated, with no view of the valley floor, and the microscopic, inhospitable and often icy pass certainly does not invite you to stay there for long. It is the ideal route for anyone who loves wild and absolutely solitary scenery.
From Alpetto Pass you can continue towards the Cresta Rossa following the Valsesia Trail 1B, ascending to a vent at 2860m, from which you can descend to Valdobbiola Pass, and from there continue downhill to Schenébiel, from where you return on Trail 9 of the outward journey. The connection between the two passes is nontrivial, although well marked: you have to know your way around steep, crumbling slopes.