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The Saint Bernard High Route

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  • Hospice du Grand-Saint-Bernard en ski de randonnée
    Hospice du Grand-Saint-Bernard en ski de randonnée
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Discover this magnificent international High Route starting from the village of Saint-Rhémy in the Aosta Valley in Italy, famous for its delicious Jambon de Bosses PDO.
difficult
Distance 84.2 km
22:00 h
8,066 m
8,139 m
3,599 m
1,558 m
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Pays du St-Bernard
Update: December 03, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
3,599 m
Lowest point
1,558 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 0.09%Forested/wild trail 6.26%Path 14.66%Road 4.27%Traces of trail 2.34%Unknown 72.34%
Asphalt
0.1 km
Forested/wild trail
5.3 km
Path
12.4 km
Road
3.6 km
Traces of trail
2 km
Unknown
60.9 km
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Rest stops

Hospice and Great St. Bernard Auberge
Cabane du Plan du Jeu
Cabane du Vélan CAS
Cabane de Valsorey CAS
Cabane FXB à Panossière
Cabane de Chanrion CAS
BnB Lo Glassier

Tips and hints

Start

Saint-Rhémy en Bosses (IT) (1,736 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'579'721E 1'076'966N
DD
45.844030, 7.177650
DMS
45°50'38.5"N 7°10'39.5"E
UTM
32T 358495 5078333
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Destination

Bourg-Saint-Pierre (CH)

Turn-by-turn directions

1 On the fi rst day you climb to the summitof Mont-Fourchon at 2,902 m. before reaching Switzerland and a place of thousand-year-old hospitality: the Hospice du Grand-Saint-Bernard. Vertical ascent: 1,400 m.

2 On the second day, you descend to Bourg-Saint-Bernard to climb to the Croix de Tsousse and admire the southface of the Grand-Combin (4,314 m.) before reaching the Vélan refuge, which resembles the hull of a ship on a rock. Vertical ascent: 1,350 m.

3 On the third day, you will be passing by the Valsorey refuge and the Métin pass (3,626 m.), then reach the large Corbassière glacier and the FXB Panossière refuge, which resembles the facets of a gigantic quartz crystal. Vertical ascent: 1,300 m.

4 During this four th day, from Panossière, you go up on the glacier to the Tournelons Blancs (3,700 m.) to then descend to the end of the Mauvoisin lake and easily reach the Chanrion refuge, renovated in 2020! Vertical ascent: 1,470 m.

5 On the fifth day, you cross the border again via the Crête Sèche pass (2,896 m.) before climbing to the summit of Mont Gelé (3,518 m.) to reach the sunny hamlet of Ollomont via Glassier. Vertical ascent: 1,300 m.

6 On the last day, you climb to the Valsorey pass with a portage (3,105 m.) then reach Mont Cordine (3,328 m.) beforea long descent to Bourg-Saint-Pierre and its famous thousand-year-old bell tower. Vertical ascent: 1,500 m.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Check the timetable at www.cff.ch  

Getting there

To reach Saint-Rhémy, cross the Great St Bernard tunnel and turn left at Saint-Léonard.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'579'721E 1'076'966N
DD
45.844030, 7.177650
DMS
45°50'38.5"N 7°10'39.5"E
UTM
32T 358495 5078333
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
84.2 km
Duration
22:00 h
Ascent
8,066 m
Descent
8,139 m
Highest point
3,599 m
Lowest point
1,558 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Summit route High-altitude ski tour
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