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The Grivola
Highest point
Elevation 3,969 m (13,022 ft)
Prominence 714 m (2,343 ft) [1]
Listing Alpine mountains above 3000 m
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
Grivola is located in Italy
Location Aosta Valley, Italy
Parent range Graian Alps
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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