|Starting point:||Grosser St. Bernhard, Hospiz|
|Reaching the starting point:||Bus from Martigny to Bourg-St-Bernard, Bus as far as Le Grand-St-Bernard/Hospice|
|Reaching your destination:||Bus from Ferret to Orsières, bus to Martigny|
|Hiking time:||4 hours|
|Catering:||Hôtel de l'Hospice, Le Grand-St-Bernard; Hôtel du Col-de-Fenêtre, Ferret|
|Time of year:||July to September|
The easiest way from the Great St. Bernhard to the neighbouring Val Ferret valley leads through Italian territory. And starting point of this scenic tour is the hospice at the top of the pass, home of the legendary Saint Bernhard dogs. And although no longer in use for avalanche rescues, some of Barry’s successors still spend summers up here. Following the border crossing, the mountain trail descends to Alp Baou, after which, a 300-meter climb in altitude leads back to Switzerland. The Fenêtre de Ferret, name of the pass crossing, indeed represents views as though seen from a window – and the Val Ferret is best described as a wildly-romantic yet sparsely populated valley terminating on the west side of the Montblanc massif. The steady descent leads firstly to the Lacs de Fenêtre, three small, crystal-clear mountain lakes on and enchanting plateau – after which, following numerous stretching bends; you arrive at the Alp Les Ars and finally your long-awaited Ferret village destination.
The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.