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Refuge des Mottets to La Visaille via Col de La Seigne

Hiking trail · Rhône-Alpes
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The Col de la Seigne lies high above the Refuge des Mottets on the border between France and Italy.  Follow the trail as it descends to Refuge Elisabetta, and onto La Visaille.
moderate
13.7 km
4:47 h
643 m
860 m

The Col de la Seigne (2516 m) and lies a steep 750 m above the Refuge des Mottets and is where you leave France for Italy. Just wait until you see the view! Stupendous! The steep southern side of the Mont Blanc Massif, made up of jagged peaks, hanging glaciers and plunging waterfalls, seems close enough to touch. The trail descends through high alpine meadows past refuge Elisabetta into the Val Veni.

From here, you continue past the snout of the huge Glacier du Miage to Visaille, where you can catch the shuttle bus into Courmayeur, or continue to walk on valley trails to Courmayeur.

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Sarah Smith
Updated: July 25, 2018

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2509 m
Lowest point
1649 m

Tips, hints and links

This tour appears on the following itineraries:

WFSTMBHC

WFSTMBC2

WFSTMBR2

WFSTMBH1

 

 

 

Start

Refuge des Mottets (1866 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.737137, 6.779143
DMS
45°44'13.7"N 6°46'44.9"E
UTM
32T 327222 5067241
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Destination

La Visaille

Turn-by-turn directions

If you have stayed in Les Chapieux you can either walk 5 km up the road or catch the local shuttle to La Ville des Glaciers, which will skip the approximately 1 hour long uphill hike on the road. 

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

Recommended Route: La Ville des Glaciers - Col de la Seigne - val Vény – Refugio Elisabetta –Visaille – bus to Courmayeur

Distance: 15 km

Duration: 5 – 5.5 hours

Ascent / Descent: 800 m / 790 m

Map: IGN 3531 ET ST-GERVAIS

Guidebook: Page 58: STAGE 3: Les Chapieux – Col de la Seigne – Rifugio Elisabetta(starting from la Ville des Glaciers on page 61)Page 64: STAGE 4: Rifugio Elisabetta – Courmayeur (as far as page 67 –TMB bad weather option: Val Veni to Courmayeur) Bus from Visaille to Courmayeur.

Notes: The above distances are from La Ville des Glaciers. If you decide to walk from Les Chapieux instead of taking the shuttle bus add an extra 5km and 1 hour.

Transport: Shuttle bus from Les Chapieux to Les MottetsIf 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 end of August. Unfortunately, at the time of writing, specific timetables are not available.

For more information on times and cost please visit the following website:http://en.lesarcs.com/move.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

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Coordinates

DD
45.737137, 6.779143
DMS
45°44'13.7"N 6°46'44.9"E
UTM
32T 327222 5067241
w3w 
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.7 km
Duration
4:47h
Ascent
643 m
Descent
860 m

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