Courmayeur to Malatrá Desot - Tour Mont Blanc

This 5th stage climbs out of Courmayeur to coss the Torrente Sapin and head past Rifugio Giorgio Bertone and climbing to the Col Sapin. Then down to Tza de Sécheron and back up to the Col Entre Deux Sauts. Let's do it! The Tour Mont Blanc (TMB) is a classic long-distance footpath that goes around Mont Blanc, passing from France into Italy and through Switzerland before returning to France.

This walk is part of a multi-day hike: Tour Mont Blanc in 11 stages

Technical sheet

A Courmayeur walk posted on 06/03/23 by El Sud. Last update : 08/06/23
  • Walking
    Activity: Walking
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    Distance: 14.24 km
  • ◔
    Calculated time: 8h40 
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    Difficulty: Difficult

  • ∞
    Return to departure point: No
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    Vertical gain: + 1,615 m
  • ↘
    Vertical drop: - 799 m

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    Highest point: 2,561 m
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    Lowest point: 1,208 m
  • ⚐
    Area: Alps
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    District: Courmayeur 
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    Start: N 45.791865° / E 6.970944°
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    End: N 45.8469° / E 7.033617°
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    IGN map(s): Ref. 3531ET, 3531ETR, 3630OT, 3630OTR

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Start : Hotel Croux [] in Courmayeur.

(S) From the Hotel Croux, go left then left again up Via Circonvallazione then right (South-East) at the roundabout along Viale Monte Bianco.

(1) After 140m or so, turn left again opposite the small Church of Saint Pantaleon to walk along Strada Del Villair. Before leaving the village this road becomes Rue Val Sapin.

(2) After 1.5 Km, before crossing the Torrente Sapin, go past the car park Parcheggio Bertone. Cross over the stream and begin the steep climb up the mountainside heading North-East. The path sometimes follows the track but also cuts across the hillside to shorten the route before leaving the track down in the valley.

(3) Turn left and climb North-North-East in a zig-zag pattern over 500m to reach the Rifugio Giorgio Bertone.

(4) From here there is a choice of route: valley (if the weather is inclement) or mountain (if the views are clear). The preferred choice is the high-level route over the Monte de la Saxe (at 2,346m) that more or less follows the ridge North-East and only climbs 350m.

(5) However, the route continues up to Tête de Bernarde (at 2,533m) and then up to Tête de la Tronche (at 2,584m).

(6) The route drops down to go over the Col Sapin (at 2,435m).

(7) It continues descending steeply to cross two streams near Tza de Sécheron (at 2,265m).

(8) Then it's another steep climb to reach the Col Entre Deux Sauts (at 2,521m)

(9) The route continues East for a while before swinging North to head downhill into the trees.

(10) Just beyond the trees on the right a stream follows the same descent as the path to reach a marshy area known as the Vallone Di Malatra. At this point the path bears left (North-West) through the trees to reach Malatrà Damon.

(11) Continue heading downhill North-West) to the crossroads at Malatrà Desot.

(12) Bear left (West) along the path then right to reach the Refugio Walter Bonatti (E).


  1. S : km 0 - alt. 1,208 m - Courmayeur
  2. 1 : km 0.27 - alt. 1,222 m - Junction - Church of Saint Pantaleon
  3. 2 : km 1.77 - alt. 1,376 m - Parcheggio Bertone
  4. 3 : km 2.28 - alt. 1,457 m - Junction - Up hill
  5. 4 : km 4.22 - alt. 1,968 m - Rifugio Giorgio Bertone
  6. 5 : km 6.61 - alt. 2,337 m - Tête de Bernarde
  7. 6 : km 8.41 - alt. 2,561 m - Tête de la Tronche
  8. 7 : km 8.72 - alt. 2,434 m - Col Sapin
  9. 8 : km 9.93 - alt. 2,325 m - Tza de Sécheron
  10. 9 : km 10.97 - alt. 2,521 m - Col Entre Deux Sauts
  11. 10 : km 12.12 - alt. 2,313 m - Trees - Stream
  12. 11 : km 13.39 - alt. 2,185 m - Malatrà Damon
  13. 12 : km 14.06 - alt. 2,046 m - Crossroads at Malatrà Desot
  14. E : km 14.24 - alt. 2,024 m - Refugio Walter Bonatti

Useful Information

Start : Hotel Croux [] in Courmayeur.

Facilities : Food and drink is available at the Rifugio Giorgio Bertone but make sure you have enough water, especially in summer.

Note : Wear a hat and use suncream. If it's winter, make sure you have strong boots and check the weather before venturing out on the mountains.

Always stay careful and alert while following a route. Visorando and the author of this walk cannot be held responsible in the event of an accident during this route.

During the walk or to do/see around

Enjoy the views and take your time. Take care of yourself and look out for wildlife along the way. Just enjoy the journey and make the most of the moment.

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