Grand Combin Traverse

Grand Combin Traverse

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Grand Combin Traverse

7 Days Starting in Fionnay/Mauvoisin and ending in Mauvoisin

Visiting: Switzerland, Italy

Tour operator:

UTracks

Tour code:

GPT

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

8 - 14

Physical rating:

moderate to challenging

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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • Trek through stunning alpine scenery amongst impressive peaks and lush valleys

  • Stay in a centuries old travellers hospice

  • Follow the historic route across the Great St Bernard Pass (2469m)

  • Enjoy the culinary specialties such as Raclette

  • Share your walking day with a group of like minded travellers

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Meet At Mauvoisin Near Fionnay And Walk To Chanrion (6Hrs)
Meals Included: L, D

We start our amazing trek in the Bagnes Valley at the foot of the Barrage de Mauvoisin in Switzerland mid morning. The trail skirts then ascends to the top of the dam and its large lake that is situated between Mont Blanc and the Grand Combins to the pass, the Col de Tsofeiret (2,640m). The scenery is at its best as we are immediately surrounded by glaciers and snowy peaks. Following a steep descent we arrive at our overnight refuge.
(+1250m/4125ft, 13km/8mi)

Day 2 : Walk Via The Fenetre Durand Trail To The Aosta Valley In Italy (6Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

After breakfast, we take the Fenetre Durand trail that will lead us between the Gelé and April peaks, until we reach the top of the pass (2797m) marking the border with Italy. Continue to our overnight refuge.
(+1225m/4042ft, -1218m/4020ft, 22km/14mi)

Day 3 : Walk Through The Aosta Valley With Views To Mont Blanc (7Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

A great day trekking in the verdant Aosta Valley, with Mont Blanc in the backdrop. At the foot of the Vélan peak, we ascend a winding trail to the Champillon pass (2708m). A lovely descent takes us through alpine meadow towards the beautiful old alpine village of Etroubles. Overnight 10th Century monastery with shower.
(+412m/1360ft, -1500m/4950ft, 9km/5.5mi)

Day 4 : Cross The Great St Bernard Pass (2469M), Overnight Hospice (7Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

This is our last day walking in Italy. We make our way along quiet trails towards the famous Great St Bernard Pass (2469m), marking the border with Switzerland and Italy and home to the famous St Bernard dogs. We will spend the night in the atmospheric Great St Bernard Hospice.
(+1356m/4475ft, -150m/500ft, 18km/11mi)

Day 5 : Return To Switzerland And Walk Through The Entremont Valley (6Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

Today is a long day, but also one of the most beautiful. As we return to Switzerland we take a bus down to the Entremont Valley to Bourg St Pierre. From here we ascend until we reach the Col des Mille. Our refuge tonight has breath-taking views over the valley and further to Mont Blanc.
(+1130m/3730ft, -320m/1050ft, 12km/7.5mi)

Day 6 : Traverse The Eastern Slopes Of The Grand Combins (6Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

This morning we start walking along the eastern slopes of the Grand Combin mountain, on an exceptional walking day. Green pastures and blue glaciers greet us up until the Avouillon pass. In the afternoon, we make our way down the Corbassière glacier, which cascades from the Grand Combin massif. Overnight refuge.
Note: you will need to carry your overnight requirements today in your day pack - there is no luggage transfer to the Panossière Hut.
(+1016m/3353ft, -955m/3151ft, 14.5km/9mi)

Day 7 : Return To Fionnay With Views Of Corbassière Glacier, Trip Concludes (6Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L

On the last day of our trek, we continue to admire and explore the Corbassiere glacier with it imposing seracs. In the afternoon we descend to our starting point in the Bagnes valley. The trip concludes mid afternoon, after a farewell glass on Fendant. A transfer is available to Martigny (on request) for onward connections, refer to 'Getting There' information below.
(+300m/990ft, -1426m/4700ft, 9km/5.6mi)

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    refuges

  • 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

  • Luggage transfer by mule – 7kg limit (no luggage transfer on day 6 to the Pannossière Hut - you will need to carry your overnight requirements in your daypack).

  • Luggage transfer by mule – 1 piece maximum 7kg limit (no luggage transfer on day 6 to the Pannossière Hut - you will need to carry your overnight requirements in your daypack).

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from the trail head

  • Drinks

  • Items of a personal nature and storage of luggage

  • Transfers

  • Travel insurance - mandatory

  • Transfers by taxi or public transport if you need to skip a stage

  • Storage of luggage

  • Items of a personal nature

Accommodation

refuges
Accommodation is on a full board basis starting from lunch on day 1 and finishing at lunch on day 7. The mountain huts that you stay in are dormitory style mixed sex rooms with shared bathrooms and usually without showers. The hospice and hotels will also be dormitory with shared facilities but with showers. There is a possibility to upgrade to a double room on some nights, subject to availability and payment of a fee of between 15 and 25€ per person directly to your host.

Grading

This trip is graded moderate to challenging and includes daily walks of up to 7 hours and ascents of up to 1356m in a day. 9-15km per day is walked except on day 2 which is 22km. There are some stages with steep uphill, descents, and at times sections of the trail will require care. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to with time to stop and take photos (subject to weather conditions). You will need a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure. It is considered suitable for experienced walkers only. Early in the season (June) you may encounter snow on the passes which may be quite deep and make the trip more challenging. At any time during summer, weather conditions may be variable and you should be prepared for all conditions including snow, ice, strong sun and extreme winds. If for any reason during the trip the guide considers, in his or her sole discretion, that your fitness or mental or physical health is likely to cause danger, distress or annoyance to others, he or she may direct you not to continue and you must follow the guide’s instructions. In this case you will not be entitled to any refund. As with all our moderate to challenging programs, we expect participants to be regular outdoors people, enjoying aerobic sport around four or five times a week over some period of time. Preferably this has been a long term interest but if not, you have set a program of fitness preparation with at least three months lead in time to your trip. The fitter you are for your trip, the more of a holiday it will be. Activities as close to the actual activity on your trip are the best training; in this instance walking with and without a pack. This builds leg strength, aerobic capacity and confidence in your ability to travel comfortably with a pack for extended periods. At the same time, you are also comfortable with the layers you like to wear and footwear. Important note: good quality walking boots with ankle support are a pre-requisite for your participation. Runners or shoes without ankle support are not suitable for the conditions encountered on this walk.

What You Carry

As the walks are fully supported you only need to carry a daypack with your daily requirements including wet weather gear, lunch supplies, water bottle, warm top, phone etc. Except for day 6 where there is no luggage transfer to the hut. You will need to carry your overnight requirements.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

M. Capland(Toronto, Canada)  

Grand Combin Traverse

29 Aug 2023

Very happy with my tours with your company. Great guidance and service. Good healthy foods and safety is number one.

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