Col des Ecandies


Except the Vichères rando parc, these routes are neither marked nor secure. Anyone using ski touring routes is solely responsible for their own actions. Pays du St-Bernard declines all responsibility in the event of an accident and gives no guarantee as to the topicality, accuracy or completeness of the information provided.

Be accompanied by a certified mountain guide. Find their contact details on here.

Consult the avalanche bulletin by clicking here!

Very nice race in the wild valley of the Arpette.


Detailed map

Best period to go there



Linear routeScenicRefreshment stops availableHigh-altitude ski tourNaturally on tour (DAV-initiative)

Author\s note

Be accompanied by a certified mountain guide. Find their contact details by clicking here.


First go up the ski slope “Petite Breya” and then continue straight on the road. After a long flat, turn right on the summer road which joins the Relais d’Arpette. Go up the valley until you reach the limit of the vegetation where the slopes straighten up a little, the pass is almost always visible. Pass to the left of “La Barme” at point 2144 and then to the left of the moraine at point 2370 (Fenêtre d’Arpette on the right) and continue to the pass. It is possible to take the Breya chairlift and go down the toboggan run to gain about 1 hour of ascent.

Getting there

Exit the motorway at Martigny. Follow the direction Grand-Saint-Bernard then leave the main road at Orsières and follow Champex-Lac.

It is also possible to leave the main road at Bovernier and go through Les Valettes but the road is narrow and very winding.

Large free car park at the foot of the chairlift

Take the train to Orsières and then the bus to Champex-télé.

Consult timetables on

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