Mountain walls block the Northern horizon at Courmayer
so the initial ascent from the town is quite daunting. It is 1000m of ascent up to Rifugio Bertone. The TMB climbs steeply through forest with a few open patches. In places it is very steep with zig-zags.
The path although steep is well made and we took it at a steady pace with frequent stops to look at the ever distant view of Courmayer.
After about an hour we arrived at Rifugio Bertone where we stopped for a coffee break.
The TMB now follows a balcony route above Val Ferret. It is well signed and on this sunny Sunday was well trodden by local Italians.
The views across the Val Ferret of the Grand Jorasses were constantly magnificent. We were able to look behind us to where we came from to the Col de la Seigne and right through Val Veni
and down to the entrance to the Mont Blanc tunnel far below.
It was a splendid balcony path with lovely flowers and great views across to the Grandes Jorasses.
We enjoyed this pleasant walk through the alpine meadows with wonderful views all round. We had a great view up to Grand Col Ferret which we would walk over the following day.
We arrived at a very busy Rifugio Bonatti
but later in the afternoon the day visitors left and it was much quieter.