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Rifugio Bonatti to Courmayeur

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  • Great views all throughout the walk.
    Great views all throughout the walk.
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A lovely walk that takes you from the iconic Rifugio Bonatti through the flowery valley back to Courmayeur, with beautiful views of the snowy peaks as you walk.
Distance 13.6 km
4:00 h
502 m
989 m
2,031 m
1,210 m
Today, a private transfer will take you to the start of the trail, which is only a short walk away from the legendary Rifugio Bonatti, one of the most well known Rifugio’s on the Mont Blanc trail. Walk a short 5 minutes off your trail to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee with some splendid views before continuing your walk. The path undulates pleasantly through beautiful mountain scenery, with fields of various flowers and imposing snow-covered peaks forming the backdrop of your walk. You will follow the well-established TMB path, and although there are some small bits to climb, most of the walk will be either flat, rolling or downhill. As you pass some gorgeous viewpoints, you will make your way back to Courmayeur, descending back into the village until you finish in the heart of Courmayeur.

Author’s recommendation

A relaxed cup of coffee at the famous Rifugio Bonatti is a great way to enjoy a short mid-morning break, while enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery all around you. This whole walk is absolutely stunning, especially as you start walking amidst beautiful flowery meadows and rugged mountain landscapes.
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Augustijn vanGaalen
Update: February 04, 2020
Highest point
2,031 m
Lowest point
1,210 m

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Safety information

After about 4 km, there is a small segment where the path crosses over a small stream. Be careful when crossing here, as the rocks can be slippery and the path is on a bit of an incline.

Tips and hints

A transfer to the start of the trail is included. As a result, today’s walk will have to be completed on the day that we book the transfer, because the transfer is prearranged.

There are two places where you could potentially stop for some food: The Rifugio Bonatti, at the start of the trail, and the Rifugio Bertone, about 2/3 of the way in, right before you begin your final descent to Courmayeur. However, we recommend that you bring plenty of snacks and some lunch, as it is always nice to be able to have a picnic and to enjoy the beautiful views.

Points of Interest

Rifugio Bonatti


The Rifugio Bonatti, at 2025 m, is situated amidst beautiful alpine scenery and is a wonderful place to stop for a short break during your walk or to enjoy a cup of coffee while you enjoy the panoramic views.


Named after Walter Bonatti, a famous explorer and alpinist, this Rifugio is a fairly large Rifugio, sat atop a hill overlooking the rest of the valley and the TMB mountain chain. Open almost year round, the Rifugio hosts many TMB trekkers, as it is situated on the TMB walking path. As a result, it has become legendary among TMB walkers and is an accommodation that we use quite frequently for out TMB-adventurers.




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Trail just past Frebouge (1,697 m)
45.853176, 7.028104
45°51'11.4"N 7°01'41.2"E
32T 346908 5079625


Centre of Courmayeur

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km – At the start of the trail, you will see a path next to the bridge that runs parallel to the river. Continue STRAIGHT ON, following this path upstream. Ignore any smaller paths that you will see and follow this path for approximately 700 meters until you get to a signpost.

0.70 km – TURN LEFT at the signpost, following signs for the Rifugio Bonatti.

0.80 km – BEAR RIGHT, continuing up the mountain for approximately 400 meters, until you come to a small rock with several signposts on it.

1.20 km – Follow the path up the hill to visit the Rifugio, which you will see up ahead of you (only 5 minutes walking). The views from the Rifugio Bonatti are indeed spectacular and this is a great place to have a quick break and have a coffee or snack. To continue your walk, TURN RIGHT, following signs for the Rifugio Bertone.

1.80 km – You will pass a couple of houses. There are several paths here, we recommend that you continue STRAIGHT ON, following the upper path.

2.70 km – The path splits, with one higher and one lower. BEAR RIGHT, following the lower path, which leads down to some houses and the river. You will shortly cross a bridge over the river.

3.80 km – Be careful when crossing this stream, the path descends slightly and there are many slippery and wet rocks.

4.20 km – You will get to a small stone building called Leche, currently used as stables. TURN LEFT, and keep following the TMB Path.

4.60 km – You will get to a signposted marker. Continue STRAIGHT ON to Rifugio Bertone.

5.80 km – There is a lower and a higher path here, you can take either. The higher path is probably slightly easier.

6.50 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON, following the TMB path, ignoring a path that descends down to Mayencet.

8.70 km – You will approach several signposts when you get to a nice viewpoint. BEAR LEFT down the mountain, following signs for Courmayeur. This path (TMB path) will lead you all the way down the mountain, through to Rifugio Bertoni and back to Courmayeur. There are several nice lookout points on your way down, so make sure to have you camera at the ready!

10.60 km – After about 1.90 km, you will come to a fork in the road, BEAR RIGHT, staying on the TMB path, following the yellow arrow.

10.90 km – When you come down onto a dirt road, TURN RIGHT, following signs for Courmayeur.

10.90 km – After about 50 m, you will see a small walking path on your left. BEAR LEFT on this path, staying on it as you approach the river.

11.20 km – You will come across the dirt road again. TURN LEFT, and descend towards the river. You will soon cross a bridge.

11.60 km – After the bridge BEAR RIGHT on the main road as it runs parallel to the river. Ignore a smaller walking path on your right on the carpark and continue on this road for approximately 1.2 km. You will pass through several houses and Villair Desot, a suburb of Courmayeur. Keep on this road until you come to a large fork in the road, with a sign pointing to your left for Courmayeur.

12.30 km – BEAR LEFT, following signs for Courmayeur. Stay on this road and you will approach the main church as the road turns into a pedestrian area.

12.60 km - At the church, TURN RIGHT and then TURN LEFT immediately afterwards, walking past the church through the square.

12.90 km – TURN RIGHT at your first opportunity, descending some stairs onto the Vicolo Della Chiesa.

13.50 km – When you come down to another road, continue STRAIGHT ON and you will reach the Uffice de Turismo and the bus station.

13.60 km – Congratulations – you’re walk is now officially finished! Enjoy the rest of your day!

Public transport

Please see your accommodation list for details of your transfer today.


45.853176, 7.028104
45°51'11.4"N 7°01'41.2"E
32T 346908 5079625
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Walking boots will suffice for this walk. Walking poles are optional, if you feel more comfortable using these during your walk. There are some continued downhill stretches where you may benefit from having your walking poles at your disposal.

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13.6 km
4:00 h
502 m
989 m
Highest point
2,031 m
Lowest point
1,210 m


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