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Col du Grand-St-Bernard

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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
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R116 Bourg-St-Pierre » Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard
4h30   |   12.5 km   |   940 m   |   85 m

Take the gentle climb from Bourg-St-Pierre up the valley. Passing the right-hand bank of the Toules lake, the old mule trail takes you to the Grand St-Bernard pass, the stage destination, with its extraordinary dog breeding centre.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1628 m
| B  6.4 km / 2h10
1906 m
| B  6.1 km / 2h20
Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard
2492 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Useful topographic maps
  • 282T Martigny ~ Swisstopo (1: 50'000)
  • 292 Courmayeur (Landeskarte) ~ Swisstopo (1: 50'000)
  • Grand-St-Bernard / Dents du Midi-Les Diablerets ~ Kümmerly und Frey AG, 3052 Zollikofen (1: 60'000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Unterwallis / Waeber/Steinbichler ~ Bergverlag Rudolf Rother GmbH (ISBN 3-7633-4128-5)
  • Kompass Wanderbuch Wallis 998 ~ KOMPASS-Karten GmbH, Rum/Innsbruck (ISBN 3-85491-773-2)
  • Du Léman à Sion / André Beerli ~ Editions Ketty & Alexandre (ISBN 2-88114-026-2)

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  • Socrate Georgiades - 2019-09-06
    Surpris par l'orage avant d'atteindre le col du grand saint bernard et son hospice, j'ai trouvé refuge dans une cabane non loin de la route sur laquelle est écrit SOS. Je fus surpris le lendemain en visitant le musée et visionnant un vieux documentaire de voir que la cabane où j'avais dormi existait en 1936 et que les moines s'y rendaient pour secourir les voyageurs.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Surprised by the storm before reaching the pass of the great saint Bernard and his hospice, I found refuge in a cabin not far from the road on which is written SOS. I was surprised the next day by visiting the museum and watching an old documentary to see that the cabin where I slept existed in 1936 and that the monks went there to rescue travelers.
  • Elisabeth - 2015-10-14
    On suit la rive gauche du lac de Toule (sens orographique), pas la rive droite.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    It follows the left bank of Lake Toule (orographic sense), not the right bank.
  • Daniel - 2015-09-16
    There is an Auberge and opposite is the Hospice. The Auberge is meant for tourists and the Hospice for pilgrims and hikers. The charge for the hospice is CHF 48 and includes 2 meals and 4 religious services, which are not obligatory. You can skip the museum (CHF 10) which contain some sleepy dogs and common artifacts, but be sure to visit the treasury (free)! The dogs by the way, are evacuated to the valley in winter nowadays...
  • Percy - 2014-10-23
    We really enjoyed the welcome at the Hospice. A bowl of soup, a plate of cheese, four types of ham and herb flavoured sausage have never tasted so good. The monk who welcomed us was friendly, and even though we arrived after dinner had officially finished we were offered as much food as we could eat.
  • Mountain Girl - 2014-08-18
    Follow Trail # 70 to the Pass, which remains to the right of the highway and the river for 2/3rds of the hike.

    Regarding the Hospice, I totally agree with Thierry M. It's clean, comfortable and a good value. Despite an icy wind that raged outside, the monastery's meter-thick walls kept things cozy indoors. I received a warm welcome and stayed in a 4-bed room. The bed was more comfortable than many an auberge I've visited, where the mattresses haven't been changed since the deGaulle era. I couldn't have been more pleased with my stay here.
    CHF 60 with dinner and breakfast.
  • Thierry M - 2013-12-23
    Monaco - Trieste

    The accomodation at the Col du Grand St Bernard is only for walking persons (no need to book there will always a bed for a tired hiker or pilgrim). Thanks to them to keep it open..even if you only have a bol of hot soup for dinner...It is a great place to stop by. great value for money for Swiss standard 40CHF for B&B + dinner is really cheap.. (super clean and comfortable dormitories)

    Cannot believe what Tippel writes about the Hospice..Please go to the hospice and share the meal with Via Francigena pilgrims if you get lucky may be some Chanoine will join..that's is priceless...

    There is an open shelter called Le tronchet , 30mins down towards Bourg st pierre at 2290m
  • Tippel - 2011-07-30
    Das Preis-/Leistungsverhältnis im Hospiz Gr.St.Bernard stimmt nicht - besser im Hotel buchen. Es liegt direkt neben dem Hospiz.
    (Das Nachtessen war das Liebloseste und Schlechteste, was wir auf der bisherigen Wanderung bekommen haben.)
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The value for money in the hospice Gr.St.Bernard wrong - better book at the hotel. It is adjacent to the hospice. (The dinner the spiteful and worst that we have received on the previous hike was.)
Last update : 2019-12-17