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Les Contamines to Refuge des Mottets via Col de la Croix du Bonhomme and Col du Fours

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A gentle start from Les Contamines, then  climb steadily towards the distant Col du Bonhomme, Col de la Croix du Bonhomme, and Col des Fours (2665m) before your descent to Refuge des Mottets. 

difficult
19.5 km
7:35 h
1621 m
893 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.

If you are staying at  Refuge des Mottets (check your accommodation details sheet), you have the choice of either descending to Les Chapieux, and then catching the shuttle to Les Mottets OR climbing the Col des Fours (2665m), which promises clear views of Mont Blanc before descending into the remote and beautiful Valle des Glaciers.

The Col des Fours route should NOT be attempted in poor weather or if you are staying at Refuge La Nova in Les Chapieux (alternative: see route named 'Les Contamines to Les Chapieux via Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (no Col du Fours)'

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Author
Sarah Smith
Updated: 2018-07-25

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Altitude
2667 m
1143 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 (1147 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.819915, 6.727205
UTM
32T 323443 5076551

Destination

Refuge des Mottets

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 Contamines - Col de la Croix du Bonhomme - La Ville des Glaciers (Take this option if staying at Refuge des Mottets)

Distance: 20 km

Duration: 7.5 - 8 hrs

Ascent / Descent: 1579m / 876m

Map: IGN 3531 ET ST-GERVAIS

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

Note: Take the variant Col des Fours – Refuge des Mottets if you are staying at Les Mottets.

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

 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Comments and ratings (4)

Andrew Wilson
2018-09-14
A long hard day, with a punishing descent. It took us 10 hours in good conditions. About 24km. Great vistas but demanding day.
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John Darbyshire
2018-09-08
The guidebook says 7-1/2hrs but took us 10 from Les Contamines to Refuge de Motets via Col de Fors. Macs had told us there is no luggage transfer to RdeM so we had carried necessites and clothes, but our bags were there. You don’t need to pack lunch for 2 days either as you purchase at RdeM or have a lovely lunch 2nd day at Refuge Elizabetta.
Col de Fours
Col de Fours
Photo: John Darbyshire, Community

Kevin Sorenson
2018-08-08
A long ascent to Col du Bonhomme but the views are spectacular and breathtaking from Col des Fours. A steep and unforgiving descent into the valley.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 4:41 PM
Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 4:41 PM
Photo: Kevin Sorenson, Community
Col du Bonhomme
Col du Bonhomme
Photo: Kevin Sorenson, Community
Descent from Col des Fours
Descent from Col des Fours
Photo: Kevin Sorenson, Community

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
19.5 km
Duration
7:35 h
Ascent
1621 m
Descent
893 m

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