Begin the day by walking south from Les Contamines along the River Bonnant to the 17th-century church of Notre-Dame, which marks the start of the mountain path to Col du Bonhomme (2329m). The road gives way to a steep and roughly paved track, which climbs to Refuge La Balme (a very well-timed rest!). From here the, rocky path climbs over the Col du Bonhomme and onto Col de la Croix Bonhomme (2383m). If conditions (and legs) permit, there is an option to hike over the spectacular Col des Fours (2655m), before descending directly into La Vallee des Glacier and your overnight accommodation.
Trek to Les Chapieux: 18.5km
Trek via Col des Fours to Mottets: 19.5km
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Auberge de la Nova
A friendly auberge that provides a warm welcome to hikers. Serving up simple and delicious dishes, this accommodation is simple and offers comfortable private rooms with ensuites. On arrival, it’s worth grabbing a refreshing beer and kicking back to relax in the gardens before dinner.
Located at the foot of the climb to Col de la Seigne, Refuge Mottets is a cosy mountain refuge, offering simple, private en-suite rooms. Included dinners are typically hearty dishes of beef bourguignonne and on occasion, the local staff play folk music during the evening. Staying at the Refuge Mottets is a wonderful, authentic mountain experience.