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Col Checroui to Rifugio Bonatti

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Map / Col Checroui to Rifugio Bonatti

Walk from Refuge Maison Vieille to the renowned Rifugio Walter Bonatti, named so after the famous Italian mountaineer. Today's walk is punctuated with the vibrant town of Courmayeur, which you may find a bit of an assault on the senses after spending the previous evening in the mountains. However it is an ideal place to stock up, or grab some much-deserved gelato before continuing toward Rifugio Bonatti. 

difficult
16.8 km
6:30 h
1134 m
983 m

Your day begins with a steep descent to the Italian village of Courmayeur by a pretty forest path or cable car. In good weather the walk to Refugio Bonatti is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable of your Tour du Mont Blanc. Once in Courmayeur you make your way up to the Refuge Bertone before taking the main route contours around the flank of de la Saxe on an undulating path giving you plenty of time to take in the dramatic icy panorama of the Mont Blanc Massif and Grand Jorasses across the valley.

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Sarah Stone
Updated: July 25, 2018

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2039 m
Lowest point
1173 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 itinerary:

WFSTMBC1

 

Start

Col Checroui (1884 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.793593, 6.937856
UTM
32T 339731 5073182

Destination

Rifugio Bonatti

Turn-by-turn directions

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

TMB Route: Col Chécroui to Refugio Bonatti

Distance: 18 km

Duration: 5.5 – 6.5 hrs

Ascent / Descent: 860m / 1500 m

Map: IGN 3531 ET ST-GERVAIS & IGN 3630 OT CHAMONIX

Guidebook: Page 64: STAGE 4: Rifugio Elisabetta – Courmayeur (starting from page 69 col Chécroui) Page 73: STAGE 5: Courmayeur – Rifugio Bonatti

Notes:

1. The above distances are for the main TMB route.

2. There are two variants available, both of which are more challenging and described in the guidebook.

3. There is no baggage transfer to Rifugio Bonatti so please carry your overnight things and you will be reunited with your overnight bag the following night.

Transport

Cable Car / Chairlift from Col Chécrouit to Courmayeur: You can avoid the long steep descent from Col Chécrouit to Courmayeur by taking the chairlift and cable car.

The timetables for the lifts will be available at the start of the summer season and can be found here: http://www.lovevda.it/fr/base-de-donnees/5/remontees-mecaniques/courmayeur/telecabine-dolonne-plan-checrouit-et-telesiege-plan-checrouit-maison-vieille/4343 

A one-way ticket costs approximately €10 for the cable car and €5 for the chairlift.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Mike Buchanan
September 07, 2019 · Community
Bonatti was very disappointing. 90 seconds for a hot shower, no hot water in sinks and food was crap. Not what I was expecting. View was only good thing going for it.
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Difficulty
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Distance
16.8 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
1134 m
Descent
983 m

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