From Bourg St Pierre to Pont St Martin

Bourg St Pierre can be easily reached by train from Geneva or Lausanne to Martigny then by bus and you wil find at your hotel all the material you need for your trip: hotel vouchers, the detailed description of the walking and the GPS maps. You will also be told where to go to receive a benediction by a priest if you want one before you start on your way. (first possible place is at the Pass)

The itinerary
94 km in 7 days


The crossing
of the Alps

The mountains landscape

The historical Hostel at the Pass

Val d'Aosta villages and castles

The"Via delle Gallie"

Day by day

Day 1 - Arrival in Bourg St Pierre -

Welcome meeting and benediction only possible next day at the Pass


Altitude at departure point : 1.632 m.

Day 2 - Bourg St Pierre - S. Bernardo Pass

This segment has a symbolic value as we cross the Alps. Scrambling along mountain trail we reach the historical hospital of the Agostinian Friars founded more than 1000 years ago, who along the centuries saved so many lives of pilgrims with their famous dogs.

Distance 11,50 km
Walking time: 4h00
Altitude gap
uphill: m750
Highest point 2473 m

Day 3 – San Bernardo Pass – Etroubles

The superb scenery of the Pass with the small lake and the crown of high mountains greet us at departure. Entirely on trails the route passes through St. Rhémy en Bosses, then it descends to Etroubles. Since ancient times this village has acted as the main centre of the area; the Roman soldiers had here their winter quarters.

Distance 13,30 km
Walking time: 4h00

Altitude gap
: m35
downhill: m1232
Highest point:  1270 m

Day 4 –Etroubles/ Aosta. 

To reach Aosta, today we walk along the Rus, irrigation canals, very important for the agricultur. They are generally at mid height and we follow them before descending more steeply towards Aosta. Of Roman origins, Aosta has kept many historical remains of that period such as the Pretorian Arch and the theatre.

Distance 16,00 km
Walking time: 4h30Altitude gap
: m85
downhill: m825

Highest point 1305

Day 5 –Aosta/ Chambave

From now on we follow the “Chemins de Vignobles” vineyards trail, also marked as “Via Francigena” The first castle we encounter is  Quart ( XII century), then Nus Castle, on a cliff, while at the bottom of the valley we can see the Fenis castle built by the Challant family. We end in a wine producing agriturismo.

Distance 25.5 km
Walking time: 7h30Altitude at arrival: 470m Altitude gap
: m540
downhill: m590
Highest point 775

Day 6 – Chambave/ Verres 

A very pleasant walk along trails that wind among vineyards and orchards, with higher mountains in the as a back drop. The river Evançon runs at the bottom of the main valley while the imposing Verrès castle stand at the entrance of the Val d’Ayas side valley. It is an imposing fortress with 2m thick walls. And can be reached only on foot.

Distance 27.2 km
Walking time: 7h30
Altitude at arrival: 370 m. Altitude gap
: m 450
downhill: m550
Highest point 775Altitude

Day 6:
Verres - Pont St Martin

Many interesting things on the way, from the Echilod bridge to the Bard Fotress not forgetting the original Roman road called "Via delle Gallie" near Donnas.

Distance 20.0 km Walking time: 6h00

Altitude gap

uphill: m 750
downhill: m 800
Altitude at arival :

Day 7: Departure day



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