Punta Regina (2385m), trail 7A
from Ranzola pass to Punta Regina
Trail 7A starts from Ranzola Pass and arrives at Punta Regina (2385m). It is 760m long and the total positive elevation gain is 219m.
The approximate time for the ascent is 0h39. The trail is rated of difficulty E.
Warning: this trail is not actually a Gressoney Saint-Jean trail, but it is a Brusson trail. The real trail 7A of Gressoney Valley leads from Balmeto to Alpenzù Piccolo. You couldn’t help but include this 7A in our list, because it starts at Ranzola Pass and ends at Punta regina, and I defy anyone to say that these are not two locations in Gressoney!
Punta Regina (it means “Queen’s Point“) owes its name to the fact that Queen Margaret of Savoy climbed it on August 10, 1898. Given its proximity to the Weismatten chairlift station and the relative simplicity of its main access route(Trail 3A), it is a popular destination.
If you want to climb to Punta Regina on your own, the best option is to get to the Ranzola Pass via the Trail 3 (starting from the valley floor, from the hamlet of Biel), and from the pass climb to the Peak following this trail 7A: being rather steep and on crumbly ground, fewer people venture on this section.
You can also get to the Ranzola pass from Weismatten by taking trail 3B, which is in common with trail 3A to the Gombetta basin: from the basin, 3B continues north, goes around the Punta Regina and arrives at the Ranzola pass.
In the past, the pass was very popular: being almost perfectly aligned with the Col du Joux and the Col de Valdobbia, it was the ideal link for Valsesian emigrants who wanted to arrive in the Valle Grande d’Aosta and then go on to France.
In 1800 Russian-Austrian troops built the dry-stone wall that still stands galliardly, in defense against the Napoleonic army that was supposed to pass through it coming from the Great St. Bernard Pass. On June 20, 1857, Leo Tolstoy ascended there, and a plaque placed below a small statue of Our Lady commemorates his passage. There is also a small chapel at the hill.