Walter Bonatti mountain hut - Courmayeur
Alta Via no. 1< Stage 17
Departure:Bonatti mountain hut (2.025 m)
Arrival:Courmayeur (1.223 m)
Difference in level:+183 m -1024 m
Duration coming back:4h45
Trail sign:alta via 1
Description of the route
From Walter Bonatti mountain hut the route descends for a short way through meadows, then bears to the left and leads to the summer pastures of Sécheron.
A mid-slope path climbs slightly towards the summer pastures of Arminaz Inferiore, which you reach after a short descent.
Having crossed the torrent over a wooden bridge, the path continues to the right, on level ground between shrubs and rhododendrons, to the summer pastures of Lèche.
Then continue on, through green meadows, passing just above the summer pastures of Leuchey Superiore.
From here, entering a conifer wood, there is a slight rise up to a grassy ridge, beyond which is the Giorgio Bertone mountain hut.
From the refuge, the path drops steeply, entering a dense conifer wood and after a series of numerous bends, arrives at an unmetalled road.
From here, the route follows alternate stretches of the road and the footpath that intersects it.
Having crossed a road bridge over the Torrent Tsapy, the continues entirely on the road.
This descends, becomes asphalt, and crosses the village of Villair Superiore.
Then, at a major crossroads, turn left and enter the town of Courmayeur, just by the church.