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 Refugio 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 variant and should only be walked by the strongest walkers and in good weather conditions. For easier options today please see separate route; ''Les Chapieux/Refuge des Mottets to Courmayeur via La Visaille'
Points of Interest
Just below Col de la Seigne on the Italian side you will pass La Casermetta Museum. Inside is a scale model of the Mont Blanc massif and information panels which explore the environmental, historical and cultural significance of the Mont Blanc region.
More information available here: http://www.autourdumontblanc.com/en/index.cfm/casermetta-espace-mont-blanc.html
Stop for lunch at Rifugio Elisabetta , which overlooks the lower Vallon de la Lee Blanche, it is located in the municipality of Courmayeur, at the bottom of the Val Veny, in the Graian Alps, at 2,195 m.
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.
Such is the way of Alpine hiking that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weathers; sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, as is plenty of sun-cream and a healthy respect for the sun.
Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
This walk is isolated with few opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.