Short Trek on Mont Blanc
from Mont Blanc to Great Saint Bernard's Pass
Two and a half days around the highest mountain in Europe, Mont Blanc. Trekking over the highest mountain passes in Valle d’Aosta to discover eagles and ibex, and reach the ancient Great Saint Bernard’s Pass.
Excursion for expert
min 8 - max 15
Some mountain tracks and Alpine valleys are particularly fascinating. Being lucky enough to walk around Mont Blanc, you are certain to return home and remember the experience for the rest of your life. The magnificence of this mountain chain, of its glaciers, of its needles and never ending climbs, make this mountain the symbol of a vertical kingdom. This brief trek aims to take you along rough, lesser known paths as far as one of the most important mountain passes in history – The Great Saint Bernard’s Pass.
Climbing from Villar on the first day, we head towards Rifugio Bertone, situated at 1985m on the crest that divides Val Sapin from Val Ferret. Here we will find Renzino Cosson, “historic” and expert Alpine guide and one of the most special people to be lucky enough to meet in the mountains, waiting for us with his famous polenta cooked on a wood stove! Next day our aim is to arrive at rifugio Frassati, a high altitude building that was built and is managed by volunteers of the Mato Grosso Mission.
The crossing takes all day but the view of Mont Blanc makes it all worthwhile. Along the way we pass Mont de la Saxe, Testa Bernarda and the mythical Malatrà pass at about 3000m; a window looking out onto the world between two narrow walls of rock. A short, steep descent takes us to our destination where we can rest and refresh ourselves.
All that remains on our last day is to pass the Col di Gran Golliat, a wild and hostile zone, little known to excursionists, and fascinating for this reason. The last steps, before reaching Colle del Gran San Bernardo are on one of the oldest paths in Europe; the Pilgrims Way, still used today by those who want to travel from Canterbury to Rome, and then on to Jerusalem.
Incredulous, after this adventure, we’ll find transport waiting at the Pass to take us slowly back to Courmayeur, where it all began.
Min 1/Max15 participants.
Book at least one month before date of excursion.
Meeting 16.30 on day one.
Cost for group of at least 8 : Euro 190 per person
- Qualified guide
- Half board in Refugio Bertone and Refugio Frassati
- 2 packed lunches
- Anything not mentioned in “What’s included”
- Tourist and cultural attractions not mentioned
- Any extra excursions using local transport
- Tips and anything not mentioned in “What’s included”
- Meeting at 4pm in Courmayeur
- Walk up to Rifugio Bertone
- 650m difference in altitude
- Time required: about 2 hours
- Rifugio Bertone to Refugio Frassati crossing Col di Malatrà
- About 1000m difference in altitude
- Time required: whole day
- Crossing towards Colle del Gran San Bernardo
- About 600m difference in altitude for climb
- Time required: whole day with estimated arrival at Gran San Bernardo at 3pm. Return to Courmayeur by private bus.
Hiking boots or waterproof shoes, pullover or fleece, waterproof/windproof jacket, hat, back-pack water bottle, thermos flask, sunglasses and sun cream. A Camera, binoculars and head light is advised. If possible bring a sleeping bag sheet.
High differences in temperature between the early hours and central hours of the day. Rain isn’t frequent but its best to remember that the weather in the mountains can change unexpectedly.