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

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Map / Les Chapieux/Refuge des Mottets to Courmayeur via Col de la Seigne and Col Checrouit

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. This tough option climbs via Col Chécrouit to Courmayeur and is a wonderfully scenic ‘balcony’ route. The section via Col Checrouit is unadvisable in poor weather conditions.

This is a tough varient and should only be walked by the strongest walkers and in good weather conditions. For easier options today please see seperate routes; 'Les Chapieux/Refuge des Mottets to La Visaille via Col de la Seigne and Rifugio Elisabetta' or 'Les Chapieux/Refuge des Mottets to Courmayeur via La Visaille'

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23.6 km
8:33 h
1169 m
1808 m
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Author
Sarah Stone
Updated: July 25, 2018

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2509 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

The walk is used on the following itineraries: WFSTMBCC, WFSTMBH1, WFSTMBHC, WFSTMBC2, WFSTMBCH, WFSTMBR2

Start

Les Chapieux or Refuge des Mottets (1868 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.737100, 6.779400
UTM
32T 327242 5067236

Destination

Courmayeur

Turn-by-turn directions

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

Tough Variant: La Ville des Glaciers - Col de la Seigne - val Vény – Refugio Elisabetta – ColChécrouit – Courmayeur

Distance :24 km

Duration: 8 - 9 hrs

Ascent / Descent :1160m / 1820 m

Map: IGN 3531 ET ST-GERVAIS

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

Notes:

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.

2. This is a very tough day and only the strongest walkers should consider this option via Col Chécrouit.

3. It may be possible to use the chair & cable car (season dependent) to descend from Col Checroit to Courmayeur, which reduces the final descent by 900m.

Transport

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: https://en.lesarcs.com/getting-around.html  

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: http://www.taxi-montblanc.com/  Tel : +0033450936207

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.

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Reviews

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C.G. Moore
June 28, 2019 · Community
The high route, via Col Chécrouit, is excellent. The walk from Refuge des Mottets took us 9 hours, but we took breaks at Col de la Seigne, Ref. Elisabetta, and Plan Chécrouit. Still, it's a long walk. The gondola into Courmayeur doesn't start until July, and the walk down from Plan C. is steep, dusty, and hot.
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Difficulty
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Distance
23.6 km
Duration
8:33 h
Ascent
1169 m
Descent
1808 m

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