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Arnuva to La Fouly via Grand Col Ferret

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  • On the ascent to Grand Col Ferret
    / On the ascent to Grand Col Ferret
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
  • / Rifugio Elena
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
  • / At the Grand Col Ferret
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
  • / On the descent to La Fouly
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
  • / Relaxing at the Champex Lac
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Your day begins with a bus (25 minutes) from the centre of Courmayeur to Arnuva, in the heart of the beautiful Val Ferret, in the Grandes Jorasses. Back on your own two feet you ascend Grand Col Ferret (2,537 m), you are in Switzerland! Descent to Ferret (1740 m) where you catch the local bus to the Swiss lakeside village of Champex. 

13.9 km
5:06 h
831 m
995 m

The day begins with a short local bus to Arnuva where the climb of Grand col Ferret begins. The top of the col brings up Switzerland. Descending through picture book scenes of chalets, grazing cattle and fabulous alpine views you soon reach La Fouly, an idyllic alpine village of wooden chalets overflowing with flowers. From La Fouly you catch the bus to the lakeside village of Champex. Although today includes three bus connections, the fantastic Swiss public transport system makes light work of this and runs very smoothly. User
Sarah Stone
Updated: July 25, 2018

Highest point
2537 m
Lowest point
1600 m

Safety information

Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains - always be prepared and carry appropriate clothing; warm as well as waterproof layers, hat and gloves etc. Please see your information pack for a detailed packing list.

Tips, hints and links

This tour is available on the following itineraries: WFSTMBCC, WFSTMBCH, WFSTMBH1, WFSTMBHC




Arnuva (1768 m)
45.870566, 7.049935
32T 348650 5081515


La Fouly

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with the TMB guidebook and IGN maps. 

TMB Route: Courmayeur – Grand Col Ferret – La Fouly - Champex

Distance: 14 km

Duration: 5 – 5.5 hrs

Ascent / Descent:  895m / 1125 m


Guidebook: Page 80: STAGE 6: Rifugio Bonatti – Grand Col Ferret – La Fouly Pick up the route description from page 83, Chalet Val Ferret

Notes: There are three bus sections on this stage and although it may look a bit complicated at first there is nothing to worry about and the connections are easy.

1. Start by taking the Savda bus from Courmayeur to Arnuva. Walk over the Grand Col Ferret to La Fouly (or Ferret if you prefer). Catch the Post Bus to Osieres where you change for the bus to Champex.

2. Make sure you carry some Swiss Francs to pay for the bus journey from la Fouly to Champex.

3. The way marking on the ground now seems to take a higher route to Ferret as opposed to that marked on the map. All routes do eventually reach La Fouly.

Transport:  Savda bus: Linea Courmayeur to Val Ferret Operating daily from Courmayeur to Val Ferret from the beginning of July until the beginning of September. Timetables are available at the beginning of the summer season and can be found here: 

Outwith the timetabled dates, the dial-a-bus service ‘Allo Bus’ will operate, the “Allo Bus” will replace the regular public transportation buses in Courmayeur. Please note that this is an “on call” bus and you will need to call this local number to make a reservation: +39 (0) 165 1854653 For more info please have a look here:

The approx. price for a taxi from Courmayeur to Arnuva in the Val Ferret for 2-4 people is €50.

From La Fouly; take the the Swiss Post Bus via Orsières to Champex.

Timetables available at the bus stop in La Fouly or on-line below.

Timetables La Fouly – Orsières/Orsieres to Champex here: 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Kate Frewin
July 23, 2018 · Community
Beautiful walk and not as challenging as the walk to Les Champex. There are no atms in Trient and nothing opens before 3 so bring your Francs (and something to eat if you plan to get in early)
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13.9 km
5:06 h
831 m
995 m


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