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Courmayeur to Rifugio Bonatti

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A memorable day sees you climbing out of Courmayeur, along the flanks of Mont de la Saxe, and onto Rifugio Bonatti.

moderate
12.3 km
4:56 h
1092 m
275 m

In good weather the walk from Courmayeur to Refugio Bonatti is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable of your Tour du Mont Blanc trek. After a steep climb from Courmayeur, the main route contours around the flank of Mont 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. Refugio Bonatti, the crème de la crème of alpine refuges, marks the end of your day.

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Author
Sarah Smith
Updated: 2018-07-25

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2042 m
1223 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 in the following itineraries: WFSTMBR2,  WFSTMBR1, WFSTMBC2

 

 

 

 

Start

Courmayeur (1224 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.792002, 6.972377
UTM
32T 342409 5072937

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: Courmayeur to Refugio Bonatti

Distance: 12 km

Duration: 4.5 hrs

Ascent / Descent: 860 m / 690 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: The above distances are for the main TMB route.

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

2. 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: If you want a shorter day today you can catch the bus from Courmayeur to Bivio Refugio Bonatti in the Val Ferret and walk up to Rifugio Bonatti. It is a 400m climb from the road. Savda bus: Linea Courmayeur to Val Ferret, Operating daily from Courmayeur to Val Ferret via Bivio Rifugio Bonatti from early July until early September: http://www.savda.it/public/linee/allegati/656_it.pdf 

Out with the dates above, the dial-a-bus service ‘Allo Bus’ - 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: http://www.savda.it/it/55/alla-bus-courmayeur/  

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

 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Vicki Nicholson
2018-09-13
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.3 km
Duration
4:56 h
Ascent
1092 m
Descent
275 m

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