Tour du Mont Blanc: Up through the clouds
We peeked out our curtain this morning with fingers crossed. The sky was gray, but dry. Perfect! We dashed down to breakfast at 7:00 am, eager to get an early start. We walked through a mostly deserted Champex, guidebook in hand, searching for our trail.
We anticipated a bit of a climb today, as we've had every day, and wanted to beat any change of weather over the col. Our day began easily, meandering through meadows and along a wide track through the forest. That soon came to an end and we found ourselves steeply climbing up and sloshing across roaring streams of snowmelt.
We were contemplating whether to climb over or shimmy under the gate when Reg gave it a push...and we easily walked through.
The trail narrowed and began a steady climb up into the clouds.
We spent 6.00€ on two small cups of instant coffee for the privilege of picnicking at the tables at this Refugio. It was perfect!
Trekkers need to pay attention to signposts or risk wandering far off course.
We passed fields of cows today. This one was happy to pose for me.
Wild flowers were just beginning to bloom at the top of today's trail.
We’re so glad you got to continue. What a shame it would have been to have had to take a bus or taxi. It’s been such fun following your trip. What an accomplishment to trek around the mountain.