As a discret little brother of the Mont Blanc, the Grand Combin (4314m) rises above its region and seems to rule alone over the Pennine mountain range.
And as a quiet cousin of the Tour of Mont Blanc, the Tour of Combins stretches between the swiss Valais and the italian Valle d'Aosta in a wild and authentic route.
A good opportunity to wander across these contrasted lands, from the green pastures of Val d'Ollomont to the icy slopes of the Corbassières glacier, and of course through the mythical Col du Grand Saint-Bernard and his thousand years old hospice. From pass to summit, from lakes to pastures, enjoy your week on a pure and quiet mountain.
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Meeting at 9.45am in the large parking lot of the hamlet of Fionnay (commune of Bagnes, Valais)
FIONNAY - MAUVOISIN DAM – REFUGE CHANRION
From the Fionnay village to the dam of Mauvoisin, under the summits of Tourmelon and Combins. Slow ascent to the gorgeous lake of Tsofeiret. Night in the middle of the mountain at the Chanrion refuge (without luggage).
Time walk : 5.5 - 6 hours walk/ Elevation: + 1200 m - 150m
FENETRE DURAND - CHAMPILLON (Italy)
Ascent to the pass of the Fenêtre de Durand (2797m), lunar-like landscape on the italian border. Then down to the Val of Ollomont, beautiful green pastures over the Valle d'Aosta. A contrasted day between the coarse swiss lanscape and the tranquility of the italian slopes. Amazing scenery of the Grand Vélan, close to the Combins mountains. Night in a mountain refuge.
Time walk : 7-7.5 hours walk/ Elevation: + 1150 m - 1280m
COL DE CHAMPILLON - SAINT OYEN - COL DU GRAND SAINT-BERNARD
A day with stunning scenery to the pass of Champillon over the Grand Saint-Bernard valley. Down to Saint-Oyen, lovely hamlet in the Valle d'Aosta. Bus transfert to the Col du Grand Saint-Bernard, night in its famous hospice.
Time walk : 5-5.5 hours walk/ Elevation: + 350 m - 1400m
LACS FENETRE - BOURG SAINT PIERRE
Up to the Fenêtre de Ferret and then down to the Lakes Fenêtre, wonders of the Valais too often forgotten. Incredible scenery on the Mont Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses from an unusual angle. Down to the lac of Toules and the village of Bourg Saint-Pierre. Night in a gîte.
6.5-7 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -1550m
COL DE MILLE - CABANE BRUNET
Long but easy ascent to the col de Mille at 2470m for a stunning scenery over the Mont Blanc mountain range. The path goes around the mountain, across the pastures of La Chaux and Ly, and over the Valley of Entremont and Bagnes. Night in the refuge Brunet.
6.5-7 hour walk / Elevation: +1100m -650m
GLACIER DE CORBASSIERE - FIONNAY
Ascent to the glacier of Corbassière, one the most beautiful in the Alps. Surrounded by the Combins summits, there is a high mountain atmosphere in this deep valley. Crossing of a gigantic footbridge over the valley before heading back down to Fionnay, along a beautiful "Bisse", a small canal typical from the Valais that brings the water from the glacier to the bottom of the valley.
4.5 - 5 hour walk / Elevation: +650m -1200m
End point at Fionnay around 4pm
Elevation: +400 to 1120 m average per day.
Walking time: 4.5 to 7 hours average per day.
Type of trek: Typical mountain paths not technically difficult.
On day 5, a footbridge of 210 meters long, 70 meters high, impressive but perfectly secure, allows to cross safely over a great glacier valley. In case of very strong fear of heights, another path exist to cross easily.
A good physical condition is required for this trek.
Every day luggage transport except on day 1.
For the night without your luggage at the accommodation (you will get it back the night after), here are the things to add to your backpack (about 2 kilos are enough !):
- small toilet bag
- sleeping bag liner sheet
- change of clothes (bare necessities !)
5 nights in dormitory in gite or mountain refuge.
All accommodation offers hot showers exept day 1.
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are carefully and daily prepared by your guide, comprising a variety of a healthy salads and local products.
We do our best to accommodate special diets (gluten-free, vegetarian etc.). However, we encourage you to bring some additional products for your own picnics.
It is essential to carry Swiss Francs for your personal expenses.
Ability to easily walk 20 km (on flat trails) in a maximum of 4 hours.
If this is not the case, we recommend that you train during the three weeks prior to departure, for example running 4-5km or hiking/cycling 3-4 hours, 2 to 3 times per week. Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.
1:25 000 Gran San Bernardo - Ollonmont (no 5)
1:25 000 Val de Bagnes - Verbier (office du tourisme le Châble)
1:50 000 Grand-St-Bernard - Combin - Arolla, 5027 T
Meet Sunday at 9.45am at Fionnay (Val de Bagnes, Valais, Switzerland).
Inbound: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) at 10:18am, by Lausanne, Martigny, arriving in Le Châble at 4:15pm, then bus departure at 4:21pm, arriving at 4:51pm at Fionnay.
Return: Bus 253 departure from Fionnay arriving at Le Châble, then train departure at Martigny, Lausanne, arriving at (Paris) Gare de Lyon.
Times given are indicative and should be verified at a train station or at oui.sncf and cff.ch
Take the A40 motorway to Geneva, Chamonix, follow direction Martigny (Switzerland), continue direction Italy and follow signs Verbier, when in Le Châble, continue to "Fionnay - Mauvoisin" direction.
Parking place near the river, close to the Fionnay dormitory, big building on your left when you arrive in Fionnay.
End point Friday around 4pm in Fionnay.
Tourist Office Verbier: +41 (0)2 77 75 38 88
If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible on: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07
Bring a comfortable backpack of 50 to 60 litres for your personal belongings (clothes, waterproofs, water, etc.).
Possible on request.