The High Way n.1, called THE GIANTS HIGH WAY, is a hiking trail with an incomparable scenery: it develops at the foot of the highest massifs of Europe, such as Monte Rosa, Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. This itinerary offers, alongside the superb examples of natural architecture in the Alps, incomparable examples of rural architecture, closely linked to the pastures life.
It goes along the left bank of the Dora Baltea river, The High Way n.1 is viable by anyone since it follows well-marked and fully signaled footpaths. It develops in 17 daily stages, from Donnas to Courmayeur (requiring on average of 3/5 hour walk each) providing hikers resting stops and dining options for every need.
The high natural value of these environments and the high and famous mountains, full of history and companies, which act as a superb setting, offer a picture of the past that the hiker will simply have to admire and appreciate.
14th stage: Champillon Refuge - Saint-Rhémy (14 km)
From the Letey-Champillon mountain refuge (2,375 m.) the path, with several bends, faces a steep grassy ridge and then it reaches Col Champillon.
The descent from the hill has a first steep stretch, up to the ruins of Crou de Bleintse’s mountain pasture, then the path becomes gentler and there is a long traverse leading to Pointier Superior’s mountain pastures first and then, after the last grassy slopes, to Pointier Inferior (1,807 m.).
Here you walk along a dirt road to go back on the path that, after a small conifer wood, crosses the Menouve stream on a wooden bridge and then back on the dirt road.
After a short climb, you take on the right the path that leads to the village of Prailles Superior; just above the houses the path enters meadows and, on a long flat trail, goes to Eternod Superior (there is also a short stretch of paved road)
From the town starts a wide path that climbs to reach the dirt road in the woods. You take it on the left and you follow it until you reach a hairpin bend of the paved road, on which you reach, in short, the village of Saint-Rhémy (1,600 m.).
Its the most important village of the plain located in the Great St. Bernard Valley, which is called Bosses. Since ancient times it has played an important role as it was the closer village to the Great St. Bernard Pass, an important route of communication; from the village, across a ravine full of conifers, in a picturesque setting, a carriage road leads to the Pass. In Roman times here there was an important fortress to control the road. Among its most interesting monuments there is the Church of Saint Léonard and the eighteenth-century Church of St. Lawrence. In the center of the village also stands the Castle of Bosses: the building, which the current structure probably dates back to the fifteenth century, has a rectangular plan and a solid three floors monobloc structure. It was built in the twelfth century by the Bosses family and the restored interior can be visited on the occasion of exhibitions and events
City of departure: Doues
Departure: Letey Champillon
City of arrival: Saint Rhemy En Bosses
Length (Km): 14
Type of Itinerary: Full day
Difference in height (m): 802
Difference in downhill (m): 0
Highest point (m): 1324
Lowest point (m): 522
Duration (h.): 5