Grand Combin is a huge massif with a real alpine character and four 4000 meter peaks :
- Combin de Grafeneire 4314 m, the highest point
- Combin de Valsorey 4184 m
- Aiguille du Croissant 4320 m
- Combin de la Tsessette 4141 m
After a long walk to the huts, the way to the summit remains long. No easy route leads to the summit. The easiest, the route of the first summitters through the "Corridor" became too dangerous in the last years and is absolutely not advisable. The normal route today is the NW face. Technically a little more difficult, this route is less exposed to icefall.
You can access the Grand Combin massif
- from Val de Bagnes (Fionnay)
- from Val d'Entremont (Bourg Saint Pierre)
Next airport : Geneva
Next station :Sembrancher
Bourg Saint Pierre is on the road Martigny - Aosta at the north entrance of the Grand Saint Bernard tunnel
To Fionnay : from the road Martigny - Aosta, turn left at Sembrancher to Val de Bagnes and Fionnay.
There are no permits required.
The only fees one would have to pay are Cabane fees if one chooses to use them.
If camping in the wild than a minimum respect for your surroundings goes without saying.
Be careful of hunters during hunting season either sit still or duck when you hear gunshots. Any movement deserves to be shot at.
AD III 7 h
7 h from Panossière Hut
5 h from Valsorey hut
The most sure route and the normal route from Valsorey hut. Equipped with 40 insurance points.
The route leads to Meitin collar over NW face from Panossière or over S face from Valsorey. The route follows the W ridge to the summit.
2) NW face of Combin de Grafeneire
7 h from Panossière
The normal route from Panossière leads over the Plateau des Maisons Blanches, a steep slope of snow or ice and finally over easy snowfields to the summit.