See our video recap of Days 5 and 6 here.
When developing our itinerary, the plan was to take the cablecar from Rifugio Maison Vieille down to Courmayeur. Unfortunately, the cablecar closed five days prior to our arrival, which meant getting back into our boots for the hike down to the village. The refuge provided a substantial breakfast of yogurt and fruit, and we were on our way. While not what we planned for our rest day, it was a short hike of less than an hour and a half (8:40 – 10 a.m.) to Dolonne, the picturesque village next to Courmayeur.
We arrived at Hotel Berthod and were able to check-in early, allowing us to change out of our hiking clothes for a stroll through town. Though we spent some time in the winding streets, the majority of the day was dedicated to sleeping and reading. When it came time for dinner, we decided to walk back to Dolonne. Our search for lunch had proved that high-quality, reasonably priced dining options were scarce in the touristy town of Courmayeur. Our effort was rewarded when we came across Fuori Pista, a pizzeria owned by a Calabrian family. We had a spicy salami pizza and, once again, polenta and sausage.
Potential Itinerary Revision
So you may be wondering: Would we stay at Maison Vieille again, knowing we would have to hike down the next morning? Or would we continue to Courmayeur, get two nights in a hotel and more fully extend our rest period? Well, we asked ourselves this, and in fact, we contemplated proceeding on to Courmayeur after our lunch at Maison Vieille. With the beautiful weather we had and the grounds at Maison Vieille that were conducive to lounging outdoors, we decided to stay and were glad that we did.