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Les Contamines to Les Chapieux via Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (no Col du Fours)

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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. 

difficult
18.8 km
7:04 h
1335 m
933 m

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)

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Author
Sarah Smith
Updated: September 20, 2018

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2486 m
Lowest point
1151 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: WFSTMBH1, WFSTMBC1, WFSTMBC2, WFSTMBCC, WFSTMBCH, WFSTMBHC, WFSTMBR1, WFSTMBR2

Start

Les Contamines (1157 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.820312, 6.727502
UTM
32T 323467 5076594

Destination

Les Chapieux

Turn-by-turn directions

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

TMB Variant: Les Contamines - Col de la Croix du Bonhomme – Les Chapieux (Take this option if staying at Les Chapieux or you do not want to do the climb over Col du Fours)

Distance: 18 km

Duration: 7.5 - 8 hrs

Ascent / Descent: 1316m / 929m

Map: IGN 3531 ET ST-GERVAIS

Guidebook: Page 49: STAGE 2: Les Contamines - Col de la Croix du Bonhomme – Les Chapieux 15

Transport: Optional Shuttle Bus from Les Contamines to Notre Dame de la Gorge. 

A free shuttle operates between The Office de Tourisme in Les Contamines and Notre Dame de la Gorge, with several stops between including Le Lay. The summer shuttle operates approximately between the end of June and the beginning of September. In the morning, it runs about every 45 mins to 1 hour from about 09:00. Timetables are usually published just before the Summer season, check the following link for a pdf titled ‘Horaires Navette été’ http://www.lescontamines.com/plans-ski-bus.html  or ask at your hotel.

This shuttle cuts 5 km and about 1 hour of walking from the day.

Optional Shuttle Bus from Les Chapieux to Mottets

If you are staying at Refuge des Mottets and prefer not to go over the Col des Fours then you should take the shuttle from les Chapieux to 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. Please note that the last bus of the day departs at 1600. For more information, please visit the following website closer to the time of departure:

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

 

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

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Reviews

4.3
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Sam Fromartz
August 05, 2019 · Community
Now I understand why they recommend doing the shorter hike on day 1. This day 2 is quite long. Once the trail begins, about a half hour from Contamines, you have an uphill to Col du Bonhomme that lasts for about 4.25 hours, some of it steep. The day we did it was quite warm and I felt the effect of the sun until I covered up with a hoody. After crossing the peak you still have a long downhill. We began this day about 8:30 and rolled into Les Chapieux about 5:30, probably our longest day on the TMB. But it was spectacular.
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Photo: Sam Fromartz, Community
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Richard Heifetz
July 13, 2019 · Community
Thanks for your comments, Sandy P. Will definitely note the difficulty of the trail down.
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Richard Heifetz
July 13, 2019 · Community
Thanks for your comments, Sandy P. Will definitely note the difficulty of the trail down.
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
18.8 km
Duration
7:04 h
Ascent
1335 m
Descent
933 m

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