Trekking and running
"Hike on the highest European trails without the effort of reaching them"
In the presence of Mont Blanc, a dense network of paths allows you to explore the wonders of the Alps bringing hiking to its highest levels. Thanks to the cable car of Courmayeur you can be transported in a few minutes to a universe where nature is expressed in full and mans step is able to be at one with the wild landscape: a world where wonder is at home. Choose your route here and discover how to protect it.
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|Dolonne - Pré Saint Didier||hiker||1h|
|Dolonne - Plan Chécrouit||hiker||1h|
|Plan Chécrouit - Mont Chétif||experienced hiker||2h|
|Plan Chécrouit - Rif. Le Randonneur||hiker||40min|
|Plan Chécrouit - Rif. Maison Vieille||hiker (MTB)||40min|
|Rif. Maison Vieille - Rif. Monte Bianco||experienced hiker||45min|
|Plan Chécrouit - Courba Dzeleuna||hiker||1h|
|Rif. Maison Vieille - Lago Chécrouit||hiker||40min|
|Lago Chécrouit - Lago Miage||experienced hiker||1h|
|Follow only the yellow trail signs, the red and white marks on the trees and on the rocks indicates forest bounderies and are not for navigation!|
Protect your mountain
A glass bottle, abandoned in a field, takes 4,000 years to degrade. A plastic cup continues to pollute after two centuries, the same for an aluminum can. Even a cigarette butt can leave an imprint of five years. In Courmayeur, those who walk along a path become part of it, at the same time explorer and protector. The standard for hikers are a set of rules that combine common sense and experience: reading them can help you prepare your trip with precision and safety. Without limiting your freedom, but learning to know about an exceptional landscape in continual evolution.
The white and red symbols that you may notice on stones or the stems of plants do not indicate trails, their sole purpose is to define the forest zoning parcels!
These signposts consist of a pole with yellow coloured signs containing a number or the abbreviation of the trail, the placename of the area in question, the altitude, the walking time and the difficulty level of the trail, which may be:
T = tourist excursionist itinerary
E = excursionist itinerary without technical difficulty
EE = itinerary for expert excursionists
EEA = itinerary for expert excursionists with equipment
The vertical signposts are located at the entrance to the trails and near the refreshment stops (retreats, bivouacs,..), from then onwards the horizontal signposts will indicate the route.
They consist of yellow coloured symbols with the numbers inscribed in black or an abbreviation in letters, integrated with directional arrows, they are usually found on stones, at junctions or at the crossroads of paths.
A few rules are sufficient to get the most out of your trip, avoiding obstacles and difficulties.
1) BEFORE YOU GO CHECK THE WEATHER FORECAST
The report can be found at tourist offices, the offices of the guides and the reception of your hotel. If you are surprised by bad weather, stop, find shelter, and wait until the conditions improve.
2) STUDYING YOUR ITINERARY
Choose an itinerary based on your physical abilities. Documented through maps and guides that illustrate the duration, route and its difficulty. You can find information at the offices of the guides, tour operators, the shelter operators and those who normally go to the mountains and know the area.
3) PREPARE YOUR EQUIPMENT, YOUR CLOTHES AND YOUR BACKPACK
Ideally dress in layers that are removable or put back on as needed:
- thermal t-shirt on the skin;
- Shorts and trousers;
- Waterproof jacket;
- Hiking boots or walking shoes;
- Sticks which help the ascent.
In the bag:
- Replacement thermal shirt and socks;
- Hat for protection from the sun;
- Sunglasses (Category 3 or 4);
- Sunscreen (for spreading on all sides of the body exposed to the sun);
- Supply of water (drink a lot!);
- Energy food;
In case of emergency:
- An elastic bandage, plasters of various sizes including those for blisters, eye drops, a painkiller, an anti-inflammatory and a suction device in case of poisonous bites.
4) LET SOMEONE KNOW YOUR DEPARTURE
Leaving for a hike or climb, tell someone (hotel, family, acquaintances) your destination,what time you are leaving and what time you think you will be back Before leaving, leave your phone number and get the numbers of the various emergency services. Avoid lone trips. In the mountains never go alone!
5) FOLLOW THE TRAIL
At the start of the path you will find signs with the name of the destination, approx time it will take and the number or the letters usually painted on stones along the way, showing the way. In special cases, the path is indicated by "little men" in stone. Find out beforehand how your path will be indicated.
6) RESPECT THE MOUNTAIN AND THE OTHER BACKPACKERS
Respect for nature allows you and others to live the best of the mountain.
- Do not pick the flowers;
- Do not scare the animals;
- Don't abandon waste (keep it in your backpack and throw it in the appropriate recycling containers);
- Follow the trails;
- Try to determine whether those who accompany you are tired and need help;
- Give way to those going up;
- Greet other hikers;
- Help anybody in trouble.
To reduce accidents, before you begin a trip you should always find out about the itinerary and always inquire about the weather situation: it is fundamental to know not to start when conditions are difficult.
If you need to ask for help, call the appropriate number based on where you are: the Italian emergency service responds to 118, while in France you must call 112 and Switzerland (Valais) 144.
Other useful contacts:
Civil Defence Region of Valle d'Aosta: 800,319,319 and +39.0165.238222
Aosta Valley Mountain Rescue: 800 319 319