110 - TOUR OF THE MOUNTAIN HUTS
Sport, Pedestrian sports, Trail route at Le Châble
It could be called the "tour of the high commune." Your footsteps will draw an invisible, beautiful necklace between the mountains, you’ll hardly ever descend and only stop to rest in mountain huts - little nests snuggled in the calm, endless realm of the summits.Put all together, there are nearly 94 kilometres and 7,000 m of vertical gain in a mix of routes. This extremely long trail is a "real test" with a succession of climbs of nearly 500 m vertical gain each time, keeping you at an average altitude... Put all together, there are nearly 94 kilometres and 7,000 m of vertical gain in a mix of routes. This extremely long trail is a "real test" with a succession of climbs of nearly 500 m vertical gain each time, keeping you at an average altitude of 2,000 m. Depending on your experience, you can adjust your route accordingly and make the most of welcome breaks for refreshments or accommodation on the "mountain hut stages." If you look at the route on the map before setting off, you’ll notice there are regular uphill and downhill sections, but never too much at any one time, with the exception of the first climb that you’ll have to complete in one go - more than 1,700 m vertical gain. From La Côt to the Cabane de Mille, you’ll gradually adapt body and mind to a magnificent itinerary that links all the huts in the Bagnes commune. It starts at the Cabane de Mille hut, at the crossroads of several paths, straddling the communes of Orsières and Bagnes. At the foot of Le Rogneux, facing Mont Vélan, you’ll be greeted by Odile and Pierre-Elie the caretakers who will share a little of the history and geography of the area, from telling you about the surrounding peaks to tasty anecdotes learnt from more than two decades of living here. After a traverse on the Brunet, passing the pretty lake Goli de Servay, you knock at Jean-Marc's home: the charismatic caretaker of the Cabane Brunet hut will make you a tasty, enjoyable souvenir (pie and coffee Jean-Marc!). With your senses sharpened, you’re ready to face the Col des Avouillons pass and head for the Cabane FXB Panossière hut. You won’t want to miss taking a photo from its terrace, surrounded by the beauty of the Grands Combins before you set off again in the direction of Col des Otanes descending to the Mauvoisin dam, which you then follow until you reach the Cabane Chanrion hut. A further moment of pure bliss awaits you there, with a view over Italy and the dam that you will pass again below the Giétroz glacier, before you get to the Cabane Louvie hut via the Sarshlau and Bec d'Aigle passes in succession. Without taking your eyes off the water, you’ll be able to get a bite to eat, while captivated by the lake’s beauty. By following the famous chamois trail, you’ll eventually reach the Cabane Mont Fort hut, perched on its hill. Here you can sample their raspberry and blueberry tart, and enjoy the extraordinary view of Mont Blanc and the Grand Combin. Close to the ski lifts, this final refuelling stage of your journey forms a natural link between the wilderness that surrounds you and the human world that you’ll soon rejoin once you’ve run all the way to Verbier.
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