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[ warning: A long section of this loop is off-road, on a very steep + strenuous unpaved hiking trail ]

 

start riding from the train station in Orsieres, Switzerland
 

many chances to view the Grand Combin (4314m) ahead while climbing south to the pass.  Ken + Sharon once climbed on skis under the south face of the Grand Combin.
 

almost up to the Col, looking back northeast to the snowy Grand Combin beyond rocky Mont Velan (3708m)
 

southwest from the Col du Grand St Bernard / Colle del Gran San Bernardo (2473m) to the start of the descent and buildings at the Italy / Switzerland border
 

looking back up northwest on the descent in Italy from the pass down to Aosta
 

castle along the road west from Aosta toward Pre St Didier and Courmayeur
 

Mont Blanc / Monte Bianco (4807m) ahead on the road west toward Courmayeur
 

Mont Blanc / Monte Bianco from the second steep climb on Val Ferret road

Mont Blanc is the white summit high right. Dark jagged left lower is Aiguille Noire de Peuterey
 

les Grandes Jorasses (4206m) peaks on the northwest side of lower Val Ferret in Italy
 

looking back southwest down Val Ferret in Italy toward Entreves + Val Veny
 

Mont Dolent (3823m) seen northwest from Col du Grand Ferret (2537m), which is the crossing back into Switzerland, then northeast down to la Fouly and Orsieres
 


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