Stage 8 Champex – Col de La Forclaz

Alp Bovine TMB


switzerland TMB

Quick Facts

Country: Switzerland

 Route 1 : Fenettre D’ Arpette

Distance: 14km

Passes:  Fenettre D’ Arpette 2665m 

Altitude gain: 1199m

Altitude loss: 1139m


Route 2: Alp Bovine  ( easier) 

Distance: 16km

Passes: Collet Portalo 2040m

Altitude gain: 742m

Altitude loss: 682m

Accommodation options: Champex d’en Haut (Hotel), Col de la Forclaz (Hotel & Refuge), Trient (Refuge), Refuge les Grands




Stage Description

Route 1. Fenettre D’Arpette. The highest pass of the TMB at 2665m and a tough climb up a valley and rocky slopes to reach the pass – reckoned by many to be the hardest part of the TMB. But splendid views of the nearby Glacier Du Trient as you descend the valley on the opposite side make the effort worthwhile.

Route 2 – Alp Bovine.This part of the trail passes neat meadows, forests and high alpine pastures up to the simple alp building of the working dairy farm Bovine that overlooks the Rhône Valley. Take a moment to enjoy spectacular views across to the Bernese Alps before a very pleasant and mostly downhill woodland walk that will take you to Col de La Forclaz.

Highlights – Click to see image

Fenettre D’ Arpette

Alp Bovine

Col de la Forclaz