6-day hike around Gran Saint Bernard and its hospice, in the sumptuous landscapes of Valais and Val d-Aoste, with Jules Henri, mountain leader UIMLA.
The Saint-Bernard tour will let you discover one alpine trek not very famous but quite interesting. This 6-day hike is full of beautiful trails, its heart is the Grand-Saint Bernard pass, at 2473m, in the border between Italy and Switzerland, between the Val d’Aoste and the Valais.
Starting from the Bourg-Saint-Pierre village, we will be going in the direction to the Grand-Saint-Bernard pass, following a millennial trail once used by the Romans or even Napoleon. The hospice, so tranquil, welcomes us for the first stage before continuing on to Italy in the direction to Val Ferret. Then we hike in a dream setting next to mythical summits while reaching, step by step, La Fouly village.
Our hike will drive us to the Grand-Saint-Bernard valley, crossing mountain pastures and forests before one last night in the area of Mille lodge, next to Petit Combin.
We will be walking for around 6 hours each day, staying in mountain refuges and lodges.
I will allow up to 10 people with me. If your group were more numerous, I would ask a friend guide (also certified by UIMLA) to come with us.
I invite you to contact me if you are planning to come here the next summer. It would be a pleasure to take you some days around these beautiful mountain trails and let you discover this region, which I know very well, since I’ve hiked, skied and ran there many times.
In mountain refuges and lodges.
UIMLA Mountain Leader and Trail runner
I discovered mountain hiking at a young age with my parents, visiting different refuges in the Alps and in my region. When I was 12 years old I got my first race bike, and a beautiful adventure started where I discovered a fascinating universe. Cycling became a huge passion and I traveled more and more kilometers discovering my region. I increased distances and when I was 16 years old I would take 150-200km trips in the mountain.
At 17, I decided to take a rather crazy challenge: the Tour du Mont-Blanc in 1 day in road bike (320km and 8000m+). I rode a lot during those years and I participated in some cyclosportives during the summer. Trail remained unknown to me. In 2005, I was a volunteer in the UTMB and I thought that all those trailers were a bit crazy. The next years, the CCC was created, and since I was too young to participate I helped my brother.
I decided to start in trail in 2007 with the CCC and I trained only for cycling. The race went quite well and I took a big step towards the race of all races, I planned the UTMB for 2008.
I started to get more and more into trail and to enjoy more and more running in the mountain during the summer. I participated in many trails to get prepared to the UTMB. The initial 60km of the Mont Blanc were a true suffering with gastric problems, but I managed to finish the race. I needed to try it again in 2009 to prove myself. This race was like a dream, and I arrived 27th at Chamonix.
I got more and more invested in this sport, and after the UTMB of course I dreamed of the Grand Raid in the Reunion Island! I ran and arrived 15th in 2010 after an UTMB truncated by bad weather conditions.
But returning from Reunion, I started thinking about a new incredible race: Tor des Géants!
During 2011, because of a professional change, I could dedicate more time to my favourite sport and I could improve a lot during a great season, having been the winner of Tor des Géants, which is considered the hardest on foot endurance test in the world.
Currently, I practice ski-alpinism in winter, and my summers are dedicated to trail, with a lot of bike-trail mixed trainings. The objectifs remain the same, to
go beyond my own limits and to discover the mountains! I can also share my passions by teaching ski in winter and being mountain leader in summer, as well as supervising trail stages around Mont-Blanc or diverse hikes.
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