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Les Chapieux/Refuge des Mottets to Col Checrouit via Col de la Seigne and Rifugio Elisabetta

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A long yet rewarding day walking from France into Italy by way of the Col de la Seigne pass, one of the most scenic mountain passes of the entire Tour du Mont Blanc!

17.6 km
6:31 h
1113 m
1012 m

If you have stayed in Les Chapieux you can either walk the 5km up the road or catch the local shuttle to Refuge des Mottetss, which saves a 1-hour 5km uphill hike on the road. The Col de la Seigne (2516m) lies a steep 750m above the Refuge des Mottets and is where you leave France for Italy. Just wait until you see the view! Stupendous! The trail descends through high alpine meadows past refuge Elisabetta into the Val Veni. But the best views of the day lie ahead.

As you reach the snout of the huge Glacier du Miage you climb again onto the southern slopes of the Val Veni. The steep southern side of the Mont Blanc Massif, made up of jagged peaks, hanging glaciers and plunging waterfalls seems close enough to touch. Marmots and marigolds are common on this section and the scenery will have you reaching for your camera every few yards. The trail from Col de la Seigne to Col Chécrouit really must be one of the world’s finest walks. User
Sarah Stone
Updated: July 25, 2018

Highest point
2509 m
Lowest point
1865 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:




Les Chapieux or Refuge des Mottets (1865 m)
45.737295, 6.779075
32T 327217 5067258


Col Checrouit

Turn-by-turn directions

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

TMB Route:  La Ville des Glaciers - Col de la Seigne - val Vény – Refugio Elisabetta - Col Chécroui (1956 m)

Distance: 20 km

Duration: 6.5 – 7.5 hrs

Ascent / Descent: 1400m / 900 m


Guidebook: Page 58: STAGE 3: Les Chapieux – Col de la Seigne – Rifugio Elisabetta (starting from la Ville des Glaciers on page 61)Page 64: STAGE 4: Rifugio Elisabetta – Courmayeur (as far as page 69 col Chécroui)


1. The above distances are from La Ville des Glaciers. If you decide to walk from Les Chapieux instead of taking the shuttle bus add an extra 5km and 1 hour. This does make it a very tough day.

2. Keep a close eye out for the turn after Lac Combal in the Val Veni, as it is easy to miss. (Page 67)

3. The section via Col Checrouit is nto advisable in poor weather conditions, in this case it is best to descend by bus from La Visaille to Courmayeur and spend the night in Courmayeur. Please contact us for advice. 

3. If you are staying in Courmayeur we recommend taking the “TMB Bad Weather Option: Val Veni to Courmayeur” as described on page 67 and possibly the bus from La Visaille.


Shuttle bus from Les Chapieux to Les Mottets

The shuttle from Les Chapieux to Mottets operates from approx. beginning of July to the end of August. Specific timetables are not available until the start of the Summer season. For more information, please visit the following website closer to the time of departure: 

 In June/September when the shuttle is not operating, you should plan on walking. Alternatively, Taxi Besson are now offering a shuttle service between Les Chapieux and Les Mottets, by reservation. Call them the night before or ask your accommodation to do this. Places are limited and payment is directly to the driver: Taxi Besson:   Tel : +0033450936207

Bus from La Visaille to Courmayeur

If you are staying at Courmayeur and take the option via Visaille; from the beginning of July until the beginning of September, a bus operates between La Visaille and Courmayeur. Buses leave about every hour and operate approximately between 8:00 and 21:00. You can purchase a ticket from the driver which will cost a few euros.

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: 


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17.6 km
1113 m
1012 m


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