TOUR OF THE COMBINS

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6 days 6 days
Guided / with a guide Guided / with a guide
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
From 780 € From 780 €

In the shade of the Valais giants !

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. 

You will like

  • The proximity of the Mont Blanc, without the crowd !
  • A diversified route between the Valle d'Aosta and the Valais !
  • The scenery of the 4000 meters summits and their glacier all along the way.
  • A night in the famous hospice of Grand Saint-Bernard. 
  • Walking across the gigantic footbridge of Corbassière across the valley ! 

TOUR OF THE COMBINS

Next date Next departure 21/06/20

From 780 €

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Dates & prices

Dates Status Prices
From 21/06/20
to 26/06/20
Open departure 780 € Book online
From 05/07/20
to 10/07/20
Guaranteed departure 780 € Book online
From 19/07/20
to 24/07/20
Guaranteed departure 780 € Book online
From 02/08/20
to 07/08/20
Guaranteed departure 780 € Book online
From 16/08/20
to 21/08/20
Open departure 780 € Book online
From 30/08/20
to 04/09/20
Open departure 780 € Book online
From 13/09/20
to 18/09/20
Open departure 780 € Book online

THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Organisation and booking fees, guiding by a qualified and insured mountain leader ;
  • All meals including picnic lunch and snacks from diner on day 1 to breakfast on day 6 ;
  • Accommodation in gites and refuges ;
  • Shower tokens if needed ;
  • Daily baggage transport between accommodation (exept day 1) ;
  • Bus and train transfers ; 
  • Tourist tax.

The price does not include:

  • Personal expenses, drinks, touristic visits, etc. ;
  • Luggage transport on day 1 ; 
  • Cancellation insurance.

Personalised tour available

Contact us !

The route day to day...

Day 1

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

Day 2

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

Day 3

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

Day 4

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

Day 5

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

Day 6

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

The trip

LEVEL ***          

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.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Every day luggage transport except on day 1.

YOUR BACKPACK FOR THE NIGHT WITHOUT YOUR LUGGAGE

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 !)

ACCOMMODATION

5 nights in dormitory in gite or mountain refuge.
All accommodation offers hot showers exept day 1.

MEALS

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.

CURRENCY

It is essential to carry Swiss Francs for your personal expenses. 

FITNESS LEVEL

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.

MAPS

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

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meet at 10am at Fionnay (Val de Bagnes, Valais, Switzerland).

BY TRAIN
2019 timetable. Inbound: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) at 7:57am, by Lausanne, Martigny, arriving in Le Châble at 1:17pm, then bus departure at 2:21pm, arriving at 2:51pm at Fionnay.
Return: Bus departure from Fionnay at 2:59pm, arriving at 3:35pm at Le Châble, then train departure at 3:48pm, Martigny, Lausanne, arriving at (Paris) Gare de Lyon at 10:03pm.
Times given are indicative and should be verified at a train station or at oui.sncf and cff.ch

BY CAR
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 around 4pm in Fionnay.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Tourist Office Verbier: +41 (0)2 77 75 38 88 
www.verbier.ch

INSURANCE

In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. In no case can we be responsible for your own Personal Liability. If you chose to take out repatriation insurance with EUROP ASSISTANCE whom we propose, Altitude Mont Blanc will only serve as an intermediary between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to strict conditions of sale. You are responsible for compliance with the reporting procedures of any incident.

Our insurance can only be sold to European citizens speaking French.

Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.

CONTACT US

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

Equipment & baggage

EQUIPMENT LIST

Clothing

  • Walking trousers
  • Shorts (Bikini/swimsuit, just in case!)
  • Breathable or merino wool t-shirts
  • Breathable or merino wool leggings
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Wind stopper or Goretex jacket
  • Waterproof poncho + gaiters or Goretex trousers + waterproof rucksack cover
  • Pair of gloves and a warm hat
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Walking socks (1 pair per day)
  • Sturdy walking boots with a good sole, already broken in
  • 1 change of clothes for the evening
  • A pair of comfortable shoes for the evening

Other Equipment

  • Toilet bag
  • Quick drying towel
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Water bottle or Camelback (1.5 litre minimum)
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • Plastic lunch box/plate for your picnic lunches
  • Plastic cup for coffee
  • Small First Aid kit (antihistamine, ibuprofen, Compeed type blister pads...)
  • Survival blanket
  • Head torch or hand torch
  • Sleeping bag liner sheet and pillowcase (blankets provided at accommodation)
  • Two adjustable walking poles (highly recommended)
  • Identity card or passport

BACKPACK

Bring a comfortable backpack of 50 to 60 litres for your personal belongings (clothes, waterproofs, water, etc.).

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Possible on request.

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