Our trek covers the mountainous region of the southern Swiss Valais from the Monte Rosa valleys to the foot of Mont-Blanc. It is therefore in Italy, but with a typically Swiss décor, that our six day trek takes place. The route, to the north of the Aosta valley, follows in parts the same roads as these three grand Alpine tours.
We will firstly follow the route of the Alta Via, then the Tour of the Matterhorn then the Tour of Monte Rosa. The first part of the trek takes place in the heart of the little frequented Luseney massif, between Valpelline and Valtournenche. The following days, we will traverse the valleys perpendicular to the Aosta valley, separated by high cretes requiring us to cross high mountain passes: the Valtourneche, Val d’Ayas and Val de Gressoney (or Val du Lys) valleys. These last two are well known for having been colonised by the “Walsers”, an ethnic group of Germanic origins, who maintained strong ties with its community in the Valais valleys to the north, thanks to the mule trails which crossed the massif. The architecture, for example, similar to that of the Swiss Valais region, is also a noticeable feature.
This destination is not scheduled for this summer, however :
If you're a group of friends, you can ask for a "private formula", and have your own guide !
Advantages : Exclusive guide - Choose your departure date - Flexibility all along the trip.
For any further information, please contact Déborah.
Day 1 : LIGNAN - CUNEY HUT
Found between Valpelline and Valtournenche, the first stage of our trek takes us into this scarcely frequented area. Starting from the hamlet of Lignan (1900m), the trail takes us, over Salve pass (2569m), into the heart of a natural circus where sits the Cuney oratory. Just next to it, we find our mountain hut where we spend the night with only the baggage that we have carried. A beautiful first day and a charming mountain refuge in a pretty setting. We have many options from there to enjoy the surroundings : Climb the summit of la Becca Fontaney (2972m) nearby, or hike to Lake Ermite or Lake di Pisoner nested in the bowl of Cuney.
Up : 750m / Down : 50m / Hiking Time : 3 H 30
Day 2 : CUNEY HUT – BARMASSE HUT
From the Cuney mountain hut, we hike up to the pass of Terray-Terra (2780m), which opens on a bowl where Lake Luseney glistens. Another pass or window, fenêtre de Tsan (2738m), with its lake at its feet, allows us to reach a bacony trail overlooking the valley of Valpelline. The mountain hut of Barmasse (2175m) sits near another lake ; the Cignana Lake. A day far from everything ! No access to our luggage. Our driver can carry up some extra change for us.
Up : 500m / Down : 1000m / Hiking Time : 6 H 00
Day 3 : BARMASSE HUT - GRAND TOURNALIN HUT
A day spent under the gaze of the Matterhorn. After an enjoyable descent to the village of Valtournenche, where many mountain guides who have made part of alpine history have been born, we reach the opposite side of the valley in order to find Alta Via. In crossing the Fontaines and Nana mountain passes, we can admire much of the Alps from Mont-Blanc to Monte Rosa. Short descent to the Grand Tournalin mountain hut. Beauty all the way !
Up : 1250m / Down : 900m / Hiking Time : 7 H 00
Day 4 : GRAND TOURNALIN HUT - CREST
The Val d’Ayas, still called the “the German canton” due to its colonization by the Walsers in the Middle Ages, will be the setting for this penultimate stage of our trek. A much appreciated easy day will allow us to discover this particular civilization. We are now following the route taken during the Tour of Monte Rosa. After St Jacques, a pleasant mule trail in the forest takes us to Crest where we will find our “refuge”.
Up : 800m / Down : 1250m /Hiking Time : 6 H 00
Day 5 : CREST – GRESSONEY SAINT JEAN
Above Crest, we will pass by the village of Cuneaz, which was still inhabited by the Walsers right up to the beginning of the 20th century. Faced with these wooden houses, we could easily be led to believe that we were in the Swiss Valais. The trail then leads us through meadows and polished rocks, in a high valley and then on to the Pinter mountain pass. The descent continues through rich meadows, by the famous path linking the Walsers villages, as far as Gressoney Saint-Jean, the main location of the Lys valley, dominated by Monte Rosa. Transfer back to Chamonix.
Up : 700m / Down : 1300m / Hiking Time : 6 H 00
For safety reasons, the guide may modify the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.
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More pictures on our blog : Randonnée entre Mont Blanc et Mont Rose
LEVEL : The Mont-Blanc to Monte Rosa hiking trip is a moderate trek. A minimum of 700m (2350ft) vertical gain and about 5 to 7 hours of hiking daily. Hiking on generally well-maintained mountain trails, sometimes including easy out-of-trail sections. For active people who don’t mind training to prepare for the hike. A great multiday hike for people with trekking experience.
ACCOMMODATION : 5 nights in mountain hut and auberge (in dormitory). Luggage transportation and mini-van assistance along the trip. No luggage access on Day 1 and Day 2.
GUIDING : Maximum 12 people per guide. For maximum safety and quality guiding.
MEETING PLACE : At 8H00 am in front of the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix on Day 1 (190, place de l'église, 74400 Chamonix). You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm.
No scheduled date for this summer.
PRICE : Please contact Deborah
Here's an example of our all-inclusive price per person :
The organization and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half-board accommodation in mountain hut, or basic hotel (dormitory)
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
The picnic lunches
Minivan transportation throughout the trek
Luggage transportation throughout the trek (except on Day 1 and Day 3)
Transfer from Chamonix and back
- ID or valid passport.
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation (see booking form).
EQUIPMENT : See attached list.
INSURANCE : Our mountain leaders are self-employed professionals, and therefore covered under a liability insurance via the French Mountain Leaders Association (SNAM). As a tour operator, the Compagnie des Guides is also covered under a tour operator liability insurance contract (MMA IARD).
Repatriation and cancellation insurance are available from our office. Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance.
TRAINING : Good physical condition will allow you to make the most of your holiday. A month before the hike at least, we suggest you walk upstairs, rather than use the elevator. During the weekends you can run, walk or ride your bike to train for the hike. Doing a medical check-up before signing for the trip is recommended. Your guide should be informed of any medical treatment.
CLIMATE : Alpine weather can change suddenly, involving wide temperature variations. Temperatures also drop with altitude, and snow falls in summer are not rare. A high pressure moving in can also bring in cool air. You should anyhow bring warm clothes and be prepared for cold or very hot weather, while minimizing additional weight gain.
Please, feel free to contact the Compagnie des Guides for any further information.
You are a private group, you can ask for a customized trip, and have your own guide !
- Exclusive guide
A more individualized relationship between your group and the professional.
- Choose your date of departure
You can choose your date of departure within the limit of the hut availabilities.
- Flexibility all along the trip
Depending on weather conditions, your level and your expectations, the guide can suggest you some different options of itinerary.
For any further information, please contact Déborah :
Tel : +33 450 53 00 88 or E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org.