The Saint Bernard High Route


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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.


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Multi-stage routeScenicSummit routeRound tripRefreshment stops availableHigh-altitude ski tour

Author\s note

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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.

Getting there

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

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