Saint Bernard, patron saint of mountaineers, is here pictured with the Pain du Sucre and Mont Fourchon behind, photographed from the monastery named after the saint on the Col Mont Joux on the border of Switzerland and Italy. Every person who spends time in the mountains should make an effort to visit here at least once in their life. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
We offer trips here on snowshoes or on skis in the winter months, and it never fails to impress. The hospice, to give it it’s proper name, has provided a shelter from the Alpine storms for over a thousand years. Napoleon has visited, and a mausoleum to one if his generals is in the hallway. It’s not the history that resonates amongst visitors, but the calm, the strength, the dependability. Whatever your faith, or lack of it, the monks are there to welcome you, and provide you shelter.
The monastery provides a great base for snowshoeing summits such as Mont Fourchon, and you can view a short video of a recent trip below, or view the course page by clicking here. We have three remaining trips this winter with spaces.