Becs de Bosson (3149 m) and Pointe de la Tsevalire (3026) are two 3000-ers in the mountain range between Val d’Hérens and Val d’Anniverse in the Valais (Wallis) canton of Switzerland. The peaks are separated by the Col de la Tsevalire and there is little over one kilometer distance between them.
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These two peaks are the northernmost ones in a long chain of high peaks over 3000 meters, in total 14 of them, that raise almost in one line on the western side of the Moiry lake valley, with Dent Blanche (4357 m) being the highest and the southernmost.
The chain contains also Sasseneire (3253 m), Pointe du Prelet (3000 m), Pointe du Tsate (3078 m), Pointe du Brandon (3074 m), Couronne de Breona (3159 m), Clocher de la Couronne (3101 m), Pointe de Moiry (3303 m), Tsa de l’Ano (3368 m), Pointes de Mourti (3564 m), Dent des Rosses (3613 m), Pointe de Bricola (3658 m), and Grand Cornier (3962 m).
Becs de Bosson hut
The area is very popular due to Cabane de Becs de Bosson (cabane = hut) which is situated between them on the Col. The hut is a hub of 5 different and obviously very popular and attractive routes from the surrounding valleys. It is at a high altitude and many hikers and families with children visit the hut and spend a night there. On my way up. I met a group of families descending from the hut with 9 children.
Routes to the hut
From the southeast side, the route starts from the dam of Moiry lake, with both car access and the bus service from Grimentz. You can read about the area also in my other texts here in the site: Sasseneire, Garde de Bordon, and Pigne de la Lé.
From the north-east, if you are not a purist, you can use the advantage of the lift from Grimentz to the Bendolla plateau (2130 m). From there either take the route to Lac de Lona and join the previous route or continue towards La Tsarva and approach the Col des Becs de Bosson and then continue to the summit.
There is an access from the north as well, with the path which leads toward Col de la Tsevalire.
Finally, there is an access from the west, from Val d’Hérens along the route toward Pass de Lona, from where you will have the hut in sight in the north direction.
Access from Moiry lake
Becs de Bosson can most conveniently be climbed from the dam of the Moiry lake (2249 m), where a free parking area and a restaurant exist. This place is accessible by car from Grimentz (no tax), and by the post bus which has a station at the dam parking.
From the parking, go over the dam in the western direction and following the signs towards the Col de Torrent, which is the same direction as for climbing Sasseneire. At Alpage de Moiry (at a farm house) the route splits, and you should take the dirt road in the north-east direction toward the pass Basset de Lona (2792 m).
After the pass, descending to around 2640 m, and passing the beautiful lake Lac de Lona you will climb up to the Pass de Lona (2787 m). From there you will have the hut in sight. The remaining part is pleasant, see the first photo above, and the route will lead you to the Becs de Bosson hut at 2985 m altitude.
Timing: it will take you about 4 hours from the Moiry dam to the hut. So the walk is long but pleasant, and I am sure you will enjoy it.
Climbing Becs de Bosson
Coordinates of the peak: lat. 46.167895, long. 7.518366.
In order to climb Becs de Bosson, from the hut you should descend a bit in the east direction and continue towards Col des Becs de Bosson (2942 m), and from there to the summit.
There are several rather exposed sections with deep drops below, so do not go without some experience in rock scramble or if you have a problem with vertigo.
At two places, if I remember correctly, there are some fixed ropes to cross some obstacles, nothing complicated. Everything looks unstable around, and the peak itself looks like a very unstable structure.
One of the tricky parts is when you reach a small cave through which the route goes, and you have to descend a few meters. This is again because of unstable rock and you will have to be careful there.
About necessary equipment
Climbing Pointe de la Tsevalire
Coordinates: lat. 46.16236, long. 7.50924.
This is completely different as compared to the previous peak, just a simple walk from the hut, more or less following the ridge toward the summit. You will be there in 20 minutes from the hut.
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