Little Saint Bernard Pass


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Trail stats

30.93 mi
Elevation gain
3,888 ft
Technical difficulty
Elevation loss
4,222 ft
Max elevation
7,370 ft
50 2.1
Min elevation
3,139 ft
Trail type
One Way
one hour 40 minutes
June 21, 2017
June 2017
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7,370 ft
3,139 ft
30.93 mi

near Prè Saint Didier, Valle d’Aosta (Italia)

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Itinerary description

Little Saint Bernard Pass, French Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard, Italian Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo, pass (7,178 ft [2,188 m]) situated just southwest of the Italian border in Savoie département of southeastern France; it lies between the Mont Blanc Massif (north) and the Graian Alps (south-southeast). The road across the pass connects Bourg-Saint-Maurice (7 mi [11 km] southwest) in the Isère River Valley, France, with Morgex (10 mi northeast) in the Valle d’Aosta, Italy. Until the Treaty of Paris in 1947 the pass lay on the French–Italian border. Just southwest of the pass is a hospice that was founded in the 11th century by St. Bernard of Aosta (Italy).
According to some scholars, Hannibal led the Carthaginian Army over the Little St. Bernard Pass on his way toward Rome in 218 bc. The pass was the principal route over the Alps into Gallia Comata, a province of Gaul, until Montgenèvre Pass was opened in 77 bc. The ancient name, Alpis Graia, interpreted to mean “Greek pass,” was associated with the legend that the Greek hero Hercules, returning from Spain with the oxen of the three-bodied giant Geryon, crossed the Alps by this route, though the legend better suits a route through the Maritime Alps.

Comments  (6)

  • Photo of Stev87
    Stev87 Jun 15, 2018

    Nice description, just one thing.... the GPS track that you uploades is the Small Saint Bernard Pass, connecting Courmayeur (Italy) with Bourg Saint Maurice (France) ;)

  • Photo of alien4x4
    alien4x4 May 14, 2019

    Stev87 thanks for the correction.

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  • Photo of stelis
    stelis Oct 28, 2019

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    Percorso molto bello e panorama stupendo però non c’è fuoristrada.

  • fuckoffyoumuppet Jun 26, 2020

    not offroad

  • joostschouppe Aug 9, 2022

    Wrong category, not 4x4

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