Lex Blanche to Courmayeur - Tour Mont Blanc

This 4th stage of the Tour Mont Blanc (TMB) begins with a descent to Val Veny before climbing up Arp Vieille and to the Fauvre Edge. The route hugs the mountain to reach the ski slopes and drops down 800m to Courmayeur. Let's do it!
The 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 : 14/06/23
  • Walking
    Activity: Walking
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    Distance: 14.84 km
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    Calculated time: 5h40 
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    Difficulty: Difficult

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    Return to departure point: No
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    Vertical gain: + 505 m
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    Vertical drop: - 1,494 m

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    Highest point: 2,428 m
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    Lowest point: 1,171 m
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    District: Courmayeur 
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    Start: N 45.766968° / E 6.837483°
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    End: N 45.791851° / E 6.97088°
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    IGN map(s): Ref. 3531ET, 3531ETR

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Start : Refugio Elisabetta [https://www.rifugioe...] in Lex Blanche, on the Tour Mont Blanc.

(S) From the Refugio Elisabetta, head downhill following the TMB signs, passing Lex Blanche.

(1) Continue East for the most part, crossing a stream then heading downhill.

(2) Continue hugging the mountain that rises to the right to pass a marshy area and a small lake.

(3) Where the path splits at Val Veny, take the right-hand and ascending path. The track climbs slowly but surely to reach the Arp Vieille Inferiore where the path turns right (South-East) to climb more directly the steep mountainside.

(4) Cross over the stream that comes pouring down the mountain to continue the steep climb as far as Arp Vieille Superiore.

(5) At about 2,340m (having climbed about 300m from the valley) the track swings left, climbing more gently to reach 2,430m and go round the bluff to the right.

(6) The path descends slowly to reach a stream at about 2,330m and heads down to a small lake.

(7) The path drops down again to cross the Torrent du Blessu and heads North-East above the tree cover to enter the ski area around the Lago Chécrouit.

(8) Our route crosses the ski runs and goes under the chairlifts to enter the trees before reaching the Col Chécrouit.

(9) Our route continues to head downhill past Maison Vieille and a number of other buildings related to the ski resort.

(10) Dropping down from the buildings, follow the TMB signs to walk under the chairlift Pra Neyron and to enter the trees keeping parrallel to the forest road. The path takes us close to Plan Chécrouit but continues to drop, zig-zagging downhill through the trees and into the Dolonne district.

(11) Our route now is pretty straight forward, down Str. Checrouit y Vicolo Du Lavoir before turning left onto Str. Vittoria. Continue along Str. Dolonne to cross the river Dora Bàltea.

(12) Continue on this road round to the right to go under the main road and reach a large roundabout.

(13) Bear left up Via Croux then left again up to Hotel Croux in Courmayeur (E).


  1. S : km 0 - alt. 2,190 m - Refugio Elisabetta
  2. 1 : km 0.57 - alt. 2,035 m - Stream
  3. 2 : km 2.56 - alt. 1,960 m - Small lake
  4. 3 : km 3 - alt. 1,966 m - Path splits - Val Veny
  5. 4 : km 4.02 - alt. 2,161 m - Stream
  6. 5 : km 4.91 - alt. 2,337 m - Arp Vieille Superiore
  7. 6 : km 5.56 - alt. 2,424 m - Stream
  8. 7 : km 6.82 - alt. 2,329 m - Small lake
  9. 8 : km 8.57 - alt. 2,167 m - Chairlifts
  10. 9 : km 10.07 - alt. 1,952 m - Col Chécrouit
  11. 10 : km 10.95 - alt. 1,860 m - Chairlift Pra Neyron
  12. 11 : km 13.63 - alt. 1,223 m - Dolonne district
  13. 12 : km 14.39 - alt. 1,174 m - River Dora Bàltea
  14. 13 : km 14.75 - alt. 1,199 m - Large roundabout
  15. E : km 14.84 - alt. 1,207 m - Courmayeur

Useful Information

Start : Refugio Elisabetta [https://www.rifugioe...] in Lex Blanche.

Facilities : Food and drink is available at the ski resort 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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