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Tour of Mont Blanc – An Intro

Tour of Mont Blanc – An Intro

There are too many superlatives to make my trip to Mont Blanc a ‘quick fix’.

So I’m going to start by posting just a sample

of the many photos I took on the trip.

May be one per day, may be two

or three.

 

Day 1 from Les Houches to Les Countamines

and it rained!

Rain from Belleview

From the Belleview cablecar

For most of the day we had low cloud and rain.  I went back up the hill at the end of the trip and this is what it should look like!

Bionnassay

Bionassay Glacier

A fabulous view of the Bonnissay Glacier.

From Les Countaimes to Les Chapieux the clear air with blue sky arrived and stayed with us for most of our journey.

Chalet De La Balme

by Chalet de la Balme

Out of rain capes and into t-shirts

Col Du Bon homme

Col Du Bon homme

Though it was a touch cold above the snow line from Col du Bonhomme.

A lazy saunter along the valley from Les Chapieux began the next day, but soon more up to Col do Seign.

Col de la Seigne

Col de la Seigne

Our night spent in Rifugio Elissabetta huddled next to the glacier

Glacier de Lex Blanche

Glacier de Lex Blanche

Down the hill and back into Val Ferret with reflections in  beautiful lakes,

Lac De Combi

Lac De Combi

before drifting down to Courmayeur.

Where we rested a day and I drifted up to set my toes on another glacier.

Glacier du Geant

Glacier du Geant

Then to Rifugio Bonatti.

Val Ferret

Val Ferret

Wandering through bilberries and green pastures on one side while admiring the grey massif of the majestic mountain on the other.

Mont Blanc from Bonatti

Mont Blanc from Bonatti

As did all Bonatti’s guests.

Col De Ferret

Col De Ferret

Col de Ferret, the highest point of the next day and we said good bye to the magnificent view which regaled all the way back to Chapiux where we spent our second night.

flowers Ferret

Val Ferret Valley

Switzerland was introduced with chocolate box villages and wild flower meadows.

Praz de Fort

Praz de Fort

Before the heat induced thunderstorm stole the sunshine and plans changed to a lower level route.

MistyTrees

We spent the day tracing the mountains edge through mist drenched forests.

colDeBalme

Only a day.  We were back in the blue.  Over Col de Balme into France again and a lovely hike across Aiguillette des Posettes adorned with wild flowers and bilberries

Aiguillette des Posettes

Looking towards Chamonix from Aiguillette des Posettes

Before a night in the valley at Tre le Champ.

Aiguillette d'Argentiere

Aiguillette d’Argentiere

So many highlights followed.  From via ferratas and stunning glacial lakes

Lac Blanc

Lac Blanc

Impenetrable black rocks to cross

Col De La Gilere

Col De La Gilere

And the final peak of Brevent

Brevent

Brevent

when back in full view of Mont Blanc!

TMB, 11 days,  170km, 10,000m up and down!

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