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The Grivola
Elevation 3,969 m (13,022 ft)
Prominence 714 m (2,343 ft)[1]
Listing Alpine mountains above 3000 m
Grivola is located in Italy
Location Aosta Valley, Italy
Range Graian Alps
Coordinates 45°35′48″N 7°15′52″E / 45.59667°N 7.26444°E / 45.59667; 7.26444Coordinates: 45°35′48″N 7°15′52″E / 45.59667°N 7.26444°E / 45.59667; 7.26444
First ascent 1859 by Ormsby, Bruce, Ambrogio Dayné, Cachat and Tairraz
Easiest route From Col Lauson (3,296 m)

The Grivola (3,969 m) is a mountain in the Graian Alps in Italy. It lies between the Valsavarenche and the Cogne Valley.


Grivola was named in different ways in the past:

  • Pic de Cogne
  • Grivolet
  • Bec de Grivola
  • Aiguille de Grivola

"Grivola" firstly appeared in 1845. Giuseppe Giacosa says is comes from Valdôtain griva, meaning song thrush[2] ((French: grive). Joseph-Marie Henry indicated grivoline ((French: grivoise), a pretty young girl, as for Jungfrau.[3] Paul-Louis Rousset says that the origin is gri in Valgrisenche Valdôtain, meaning "loose stones".[4]

SOIUSA classification[edit]

According to SOIUSA (International Standardized Mountain Subdivision of the Alps) the mountain is classified in the following way:[5]

  • main part = Western Alps
  • major sector = North-Western Alps
  • section = Graian Alps
  • subsection = North-eastern Graian Alps
  • supergroup = Catena del Gran Paradiso
  • group = Gruppo Grivola-Gran Serra
  • subgroup = Sottogruppo della Grivola
  • code = I/B-7.IV-A.3.b



  1. ^ "Grivola, Italy". 
  2. ^ Chissà perché si chiamano così, Tipografia Duc, Saint-Christophe, 2011, p. 118.
  3. ^ Joseph-Marie Henry, Les ràye di soleil, ed. Mottes, Turin, 1935, p. 30.
  4. ^ Paul-Louis Rousset, Ipotesi sulle radici preindoeuropee dei toponimi alpini, ed. Priuli & Verlucca, 1991, p. 62.
  5. ^ Marazzi, Sergio (2005). Atlante Orografico delle Alpi. SOIUSA (in Italian). Priuli & Verlucca. p. 113. ISBN 978-88-8068-273-8. 
  6. ^


  • Italian official cartography (Istituto Geografico Militare - IGM); on-line version:
  • Istituto Geografico Centrale - Carta dei sentieri e dei rifugi 1:50.000 scale n.3 Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso and 1:25.000 n.101 Gran Paradiso, La Grivola, Cogne

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