Grand Combin Traverse

Grand Combin Traverse information and booking

from
$1320
  • Duration
    7 days
    Days
  • Group size
    8-15
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    moderate - challenging
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 6 nights in mountain refuges & monasteries in dormitory style
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, walking boots, warm clothes, day pack and sun hat – walking sticks are recommended.

Highlights

  • Trek through stunning alpine scenery amongst impressive peaks and lush valleys
  • Follow the historic route across the Great St Bernard Pass (2469m)
  • Stay in a centuries old travellers hospice
  • Enjoy the culinary specialties such as Raclette
  • Share your walking day with a group of like minded travellers

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

In the heart of the western Pennine Alps is one of the most beautiful alpine border regions between Switzerland and Italy. Spanning the valleys of Bagnes and Aosta, the Grand Combin mountain rises to an altitude of 4314m at its peak. The surrounding valleys and high passes represent ideal hiking conditions and are an excellent alternative to the busier trails around Mont Blanc. The area is rich with wildlife and the outstanding views of snowy peaks, tumbling glaciers and verdant lowlands will not fail to impress. A further highlight of the week long walk is crossing the historic Great St Bernard Pass (2469m), and to be greeted by our accommodation at a centuries old travellers hospice.

What's included

  • 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners (does not include drinks) – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices. lunch is picnic style. dinner will consist of 2 or 3 courses which include regional specialties
  • 6 nights accommodation in mountain refuges & monasteries in dormitory style accommodation
  • Luggage transfer by mule – 7kg limit
  • Experienced mountain guide

Itinerary

Day 1 Meet at Fionnay and walk to Chanrion (6hrs, +871m)
We start our amazing trek in the village of Fionnay in Switzerland mid morning. The trail heads towards the dam of Mauvoisin and its large lake that is situated between Mont Blanc and the Grand Combins. The scenery is at its best as we are immediately surrounded by glaciers and snowy peaks. Overnight refuge
Day 2 Walk via the Fenetre Durand trail to the Aosta Valley in Italy (6hrs, +600m)
After breakfast, we take the Fenetre Durand trail at 2797m that will lead us between the Gelé and April peaks, until we reach Italy in the d’Aoste Valley. Our descent into the fields of Balme will take us to the tiny village of Vaud. Overnight hotel with shower
Day 3 Walk through the Aosta Valley with views to Mont Blanc (7hrs, +569m)
A great day trekking in the verdant d’Aoste Valley with Mont-Blanc in the backdrop. At the foot of the Vélan peak, we walk over the Champillon pass to descend slowly towards the beautiful old alpine village of Etroubles. Overnight 10th Century monastery with shower
Day 4 Cross the Great St Bernard Pass (2469m), overnight hospice (7hrs, +1087m)
This is our last day walking in Italy. We make our way along quiet trails towards a very famous pass, which has been known for over 2,000 yrs world wide; The Great St- Bernard Pass. We will spend the night in the atmospheric Great St Bernard Hospice.
Day 5 Return to Switzerland and walk through the Entremont Valley (6hrs, +692m)
Today is set as our longest day, but one of the most beautiful. As we return to Switzerland we make our way down to the Entremont Valley passing by Bourg St-Pierre. Then up again until we reach the Col des mille. Our refuge tonight has a breathtaking view over the valley.
Day 6 Traverse the eastern slopes of the Grand Combins (6hrs, +647m)
This morning we start walking along the Eastern slopes of the Grand Combin mountain for an exceptional day ahead of us. Green pastures and blue glaciers greet us up until the Avouillion pass. In the afternoon, we make our way down the Corbassière glacier, which cascades from the Grand Combin massif. Overnight refuge
Day 7 Return to Fionnay with views enroute of the Corbassière Glacier, trip concludes (6hrs)
On the last day of our trek, we will continue to admire and explore the Corbassiere glacier with it imposing seracs. The afternoon is spent descending back to our starting point; the village of Fionnay. The trip concludes after a farewell glass of Fendant. A transfer to the railway station at Martigny is available on request.