TOUR OF THE COMBINS self-guided

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6 days 6 days
Self-guided Self-guided
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
From 625 € From 625 €

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 self-guided

From 625 €

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Dates & prices

DEPARTURES AND PRICES 

6 day tour, classic from the end of June to mid September 2019

With luggage transport (from 2 persons)

790€ per person (à partir de 2 personns)

660€ per person (à partir de 4 personnes)

625€ per person (à partir de 6 personnes)

5 nights in dormitory in half board.


Without baggage transport
490€ per person

Confort supplement (single or double bedroom, 3 nights out of 5)

  • +110€ per person

Information and reservation is simple by telephone or e-mail.

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THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Half board from dinner the first evening to breakfast the last day ;
  • A road book: description and IGN maps (1 road book per registration up to 4 people. A supplementary road book for groups of 5 or more. Extra road book supplement 10-25€) ;
  • Daily baggage transport between accommodation 
  • Taxes ;
  • Organisation and booking fees.

The price does not include:

  • Picnic lunches ;
  • Personal expenses, drinks, touristic visits, etc. ;
  • Bus and train transfers ;
  • Cancellation insurance.

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

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.

ROAD BOOK

Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing: 
- 2 topographical maps (1/20 000) with the route highlighted. 
- 1 road-book containing all the information necessary for the trek. 
- 1 waterproof map holder.
- Accommodation list.

SIGNPOSTS AND WAYMARKS ALONG THE TREK

The tour is very well indicated by signposts, yellow arrows in the valleys and red and white stripes at higher altitude. 

It is preferable to know how to read a topographical map at 1/25'000 and 1/50'000.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

The transport is possible every day except on Day 1.

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 not included and can be pre-ordered at each accommodation, the day before in the afternoon. 
Possibility to buy picnic supplies in small local shops (days 3, and 4).

CURRENCY

It is essential to carry Swiss Francs for the bus and cable car transfers as well as 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.

PERSONALISED TOURS

We can personalise a tour according to your requirements (number of days, participants, level of route, accommodation, etc.)

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

DEPART

From end of June to mid September.
Departures according to your preference.

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Departure at the train station in Fionnay (Val de Bagnes, Valais, Switzerland).

BY TRAIN
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
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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 during the afternoon 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.

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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