Tour des Combins
Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £845 (land only) - from €1,140 (land only) - from $1,420 (land only)
Superb Swiss Trekking
An Alpine trek for the Connoisseur, avoid the crowds and enjoy breathtaking views on the complete circuit of the Gran Combin
- A superb quieter alternative to walking the Tour du Mont Blanc
- Walk a complete circuit of the Gran Combin in Switzerland
- Walking beside the immense Glacier de Corbassiere
- Quiet and unpoiled Alpine wilderness walking
- Visit to the Grand St Bernard Monastery
The Tour des Combins is a relatively new long distance path which describes a complete walking circuit of one of the most famous peaks in the Alps, the Grand Combin (4314m). Over 6 days of walking we travel through high Alpine meadows where edelweiss grows and climb up beside one of the largest glaciers in Europe, the Glacier de Corbassiere. Above this glacier we reach the Col du Grand St Bernard and the monastery which became famous for the dogs who would go out in wild conditions with a barrel of brandy strapped to their collars to find lost mountaineers. A great alternative walking holiday to the Tour du Mont Blanc, the beauty of this circuit around the Combin is that so few people are walking it - at the moment! Be one of the first to complete this new trekking circuit and enjoy sensational mountain scenery without the crowds.
Is this holiday for you?
The Tour des Combins is a new KE Alpine walk which is set to become a classic. This circuit of Switzerland's famous peak does not involve glacial travel but there is a fair amount of ascent and descent as we travel through a quiet wilderness area. It is not practicable to provide vehicle support for this circuit as nights are spent in inaccessible mountain refuges so this is an unsupported trek. You will have to carry all of your own equipment from the start of the trip to the finish. In practice, especially considering that neither sleeping bag nor camping mattress are needed for this trip, you should be able to keep the packed weight of your rucksack to as little as 8kg. On average, we will walk for 6 - 8 hours each day, with some longer days.