Location: Commune of Trient after the Forclaz pass above Martigny
Description: difficult hike, very steep climbs and descents
Total length: about 12 km
Walking time: about 5 to 6 hours
Elevation: +1’100 meters / -1’100 meters
National hiking map 1: 50’000: 282 Martigny
Best period: June to October (depending on the snow cover)
Difficulty : T3
From Le Peuty (commune of Trient), the route begins at the height of the bridge that crosses the river Trient. The path passes between two houses in front of the bridge on the left bank. Follow Col de Balme, Les Tseppes. Then follow the Pas du mouton and follow the west side of the Pointe du Van and the Croix de Fer. After about 1 km, the path forks Balme pass by Vallorcine or Arolette. Follow Arolette. Once at the pass, climb towards the Croix de Fer to admire the panorama. To reach the Col de Balme from Arolette there are two variants, either by L’Aiguillette (it’s one more peak !), Or directly down to the Col de Balme. From the Col de Balme, go down towards Le Peuty, Trient to reach the starting point.
The route described passes through the Tseppes and Pas du Mouton and to avoid the crowds of hikers of the Tour du Mont Blanc who take the direct route to the Col de Balme from Le Peuty. Very nice hike with two peaks to reach (La Croix de Fer and Aiguillette).