About the Grand CombinWith several 4000 meter peaks, the Grand Combin has a real alpine character. Views are impressive no matter what face you are looking at. The Grand Combin is a mountain massif in the southwest of the Valais region consisting of four summits: Combin de Grafeneire (4314m), Combin de Valsorey (4184m), Aiguille du Croissant (4320m) and Combin de la Tsessette (4141m). Trails to the summit are long and demanding while the route to the summit remains long. There are no easy routes leading to the highest point. The “easiest” route was the one used by the first summitters through the “Corridor”, but in the last few years it has become too dangerous and is no longer recommended. A better option would be the NW Face,technically a little more advanced, but has less exposure to icefall. The first ascent took place in July 1859 by Charles Sainte-Claire Deville with Daniel, Emmanuel and Gaspard Balleys, and with Basile Dorsaz.
Accommodations around the Grand CombinThe region of the Grand Combin is a paradise for hikers and experienced mountaineers. The massif is surrounded by two valleys and several mountain huts, if you are looking for a fine hotel, these are worth checking out: Hotel Beau Sejour, located in Etroubles, one of the oldest and most beautiful medieval villages in Italy, also known for its "Open Air Museum", halfway between the city of Aosta and the Gran San Bernardo, along the historic Via Francigena, connection between Canterbury and Rome. Hotel Des Alpes, located at 1620 m high, surrounded by nature and ideal for relaxing and purifying stays, in one of the most evocative places of Valle d'Aosta. Hôtel Forclaz Touring, located at the heart of the city Martigny. Visit and discover landscapes of Valais. It has complete amenities that offers excellent stay.
Grand Combin campingThe Grand Combin campsite is located in Valpelline, a small town in the Western Pennine Alps. Its total surface reaches over 3 hectares. It is full of green stretches/enclaves with wide and shady pitches/encampments.
Val d’EntremontOne of the most popular places in Val d’Entremont is the Great St Bernard Pass, a mountain pass connecting
VerbierMartigny with Aosta and the wintersport destination, Verbier. This famous ski resort has a population of only 1800 inhabitants, but offers accommodation for 25,000 tourists year-round. Its splendid location with great skiing options makes it one of the most-traveled-to destinations in Switzerland during winter season.
Val de BagnesVal de Bagnes is connected to Val d’Entremont near Sembrancher. Though the views and alpine meadows are a terrific sight during summer season, it is not nearly as popular as Verbier.
Cabane FXB Panossière, Photo by Genyphyr NovakLocated at an altitude of 2,641 m in the heart of the Combins massif, the Cabane FXB Panossière is named after the famous helicopter pilot and founder of Air-Glaciers, François-Xavier Bagnoud. The refuge offers a panoramic stop on magnificent hikes such as the Tour des Combins, the Tour du Val de Bagnes and the Chemin des cols alpins.
Hiking in the Region of the Grand CombinHikers can choose from a wide range of hikes, varying from short valley hikes to multi-day adventures.
Tour des CombinsThe Tour des Combins is a 6-day hike circumnavigating the Grand Combin massif. During this adventure, you will hike in Swiss and Italian territory. The trail is often started in Bourg-Saint-Pierre, but you can embark the journey at every trail stop. It is a challenging trail suited for experienced hikers as it crosses five valleys between Switzerland and Italy.
Walkers Haute RouteThe Walkers Haute Route is a contestant for being the best hike in the Alps. This two-week trek from Chamonix to Zermatt leads you along the most impressive peaks from the Mont Blanc massif to the notorious Matterhorn, along 4000-meter peaks such as Grand Combin, Weisshorn and the Dom. This trail originated from the Haute Route skitouring route often done in April. Despite the fact that the official start is in Chamonix, lots of hikers skip the prelude to Argentière and start their adventure farther.
The Chamois hikeThe intriguing Haut Val de Bagnes nature preserve at La Chaux is probably the best place to observe the chamois, ibexes and marmots against the gorgeous backdrop of the Combins Massif. The trail starts at La Chaux and ends 14.3 kilometers later in Fionnay. Since you will be gaining about 602 meters and descend twice as much, it’s not an easy hike. Fit hikers need about 5 hours to complete. Best time: July to September
Bisse du Levron
Bisse du Levron, Photo by Alain RouillerThis trail, starting from Les Ruinettes, is 11 kilometers long and goes to the start of the Bisse du Levron, located above the gondola station. It is an easy trail that takes about 3 hours to complete. The mountain restaurants, Namasté, Marmotte and Marlénaz, offer a great break option.