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Les Chapieux/Refuge des Mottets to Rifugio Elisabetta

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A relatively short day gives you plenty of time to enjoy the walking and especially the views from the Col de la Seigne, arguably one of the most beautiful and scenic mountain passes on the entire Mont Blanc. It also marks the border between France and Italy so, Benvenuti in Italia!
14 km
5:08 h
1002 m
380 m
If you have stayed in Les Chapieux you can either walk the 5km up the road or catch the local shuttle to La Ville des Glaciers, which saves a 1-hour 5km uphill hike on the road. The Col de la Seigne (2516m) and 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 to Rifugio Elisabetta in the Val Veni.
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Sarah Stone
Updated: January 05, 2018

Highest point
2509 m
Lowest point
1551 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 Ville des Glaciers (Refuge des Mottets) (1560 m)
45.696673, 6.733674
45°41'48.0"N 6°44'01.2"E
32T 323557 5062844


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: Les Chapieux / La Ville des Glaciers - Col de la Seigne - Refugio Elisabetta

Distance: 15 / 10 km

Duration: 4.5 – 5 / 3 - 4 hrs

Ascent / Descent: 800/1004m / 260 m

Map: IGN 3531 ET ST-GERVAISGuidebook Page 58: STAGE 3: Les Chapieux – Col de la Seigne – Rifugio Elisabetta


1. If you are staying in Les Chapieux you have the option of walking up the road or taking the shuttle. I would recommend not taking the bus as otherwise this is a very short day. If you would prefer a longer walk I would consider taking a longer route which explores La Ville des Glaciers (perhaps via Refuge Robert Blanc)

2. Your bags cannot be transferred to Rifugio Elisabetta so remember to pack your overnight things in your day pack and you will be reunited with your main bag the following day. 


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


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45.696673, 6.733674
45°41'48.0"N 6°44'01.2"E
32T 323557 5062844
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