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Grand Saint Bernard

Experience scenic views over the Mont Blanc and the Grand Saint Bernard
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.977 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Enjoy scenic views over the Grandes Jorasses, the Mont Blanc, the Vélan and the Grand Combin. If you have just one chance to hike in... more »

Tips:  What to bring: at least 1,5L / adult. Some food.
When to go: June-october. Colors are great in september and october but temperature... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Starting point

In the summertime, Plan-la-Chaux is a high mountain pasture for the Hérens cows. Those huge black cows are famous for their fights that determine a "queen" of the herd.

2. Les cheveux d'ange

Watch for this beautiful protected flower near the lakes

3. Breathtaking scenic views on the Grandes Jorasses (4208m) et Mont Blanc (4810m)

4. The three lakes of Ferret

A very good place for a break 1h30 from the starting point.

5. A long way done...

To reach the Fenêtre Supérieure de Ferret the lane crosses a scree located on the right of the hill in front of you when you are near the second lake.

6. Ibex

Watch for Ibex in the pointe de Drône area.

7. Pointe de Drône

The lane down the pointe de Drône maybe too difficult for unexperimented hikers. Another, shorter and easier lane get directly from the Fenêtre supérieure de Ferret to the Grand Saint Bernard (1h).

8. Grand Saint Bernard

Grand Saint Bernard viewed from La  Grande Chenalette.

9. Grand Saint Bernard dogs in their homeland