A gentle start from Les Contamines to the chapel at Notre Dame de la Gorge, where the path turns upwards and climbs to the Col du Bonhomme before descending to Les Chapieux.
Leaving Les Contamines the path turns upwards and climbs steadily on the Chemin Roman through the Contamines Montjoie Nature Reserve towards the distant Col du Bonhomme. A steady climb reveals increasingly rugged views of the high peaks and you quickly reach the rugged landscapes of the Col du Bonhomme (2329 m). A further hour on rough and rocky ground brings up the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme. This route has you staying in Les Chapieux, and you descend past the spectacularly located Refuge Col de la Croix du Bonhomme all the way to the valley below. If you are staying at Refuge des Mottets, you will need to walk up the road from Les Chapieux for 5km, or take a shuttle bus (season dependent- please see transport info below)
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.
The walk is used on the following itineraries: WFSTMBH1, WFSTMBC1, WFSTMBC2, WFSTMBCC, WFSTMBCH, WFSTMBHC, WFSTMBR1, WFSTMBR2