Punta Regina (2382m), trail 3A
from Weismatten to Punta Regina
Trail 3A starts from Weismatten and arrives at Punta Regina (2382m). It is 2672m long and the total positive elevation gain is 397m.
The approximate time for the climb is 1h15. The trail is rated of difficulty E.
The route starts from the arrival of the Weismatten chairlift(here for information on schedule and fares), which can also be reached on foot via Trail 2. Punta Regina (it means “Queen’s Peak”) is definitely the most popular of Gressoney Saint-Jean’s destinations. Named so-obviously-because on August 10, 1898, Queen Margaret of Savoy arrived there, if reached by ascending to Weismatten by chairlift it represents an easy, short walk within the reach of any hiker, even the untrained.
However, it is a mountain trail: at one point particularly at risk of slipping, there are safety cables to facilitate passage, so it should not be approached lightly. Certainly, dozens of families with small children travel it in the summertime, so the few technical difficulties are easily overcome. It can be said to be one of the ideal trips when accompanying friends who are used to the sea and want to experience the thrill of a real mountain hike.
Along the trail, in addition to the famous Belvedere, various other viewpoints are encountered that offer spectacular views of the entire Gressoney valley all the way to Rosa. From the summit the view is remarkable, and almost 360 degrees: it only disturbs the neighboring Mont Ciosé, which hides part of the Rose Range, but you can see on clear days the distant Mont Blanc, as well as of course the main surrounding peaks (Mont Nery, Mont Rena, Mont Taille, Red Horn, Valdobbia Horn.), and with binoculars you can make out theslender hospice In the hollow of the opposite Valdobbia Pass.
In addition to the route described in this fact sheet, which reaches the summit by climbing to it from the south side, there is an alternative route that climbs to it from the north side, which is slightly less traveled: first you have to come from the valley floor to the Colle Ranzola via the path 3, then you take the trail 7A That quickly, but … steeply, connects the pass with the summit.
As an alternative to returning to Weismatten by the same route as the outward journey, one can descend from the summit via trail 7A to the Colle Ranzola, and from the pass return to the Gombetta basin via the very short trail 3B, thus completing a loop around Punta Regina.