TMB day 1: Orsieres to Ferret

These posts on Tour du Mont Blanc are 11 days late because I couldn’t keep up with editing photos and writing blogs while we were trekking. It’s all over now, and we’ve had some adventures… mostly good, but a couple of bad. I think I can conclude that we’ve all enjoyed the challenge, the company, the laughs, and the spectacular scenery, but are also all glad to be returning to normality… no more rising early to hike up high cols, wearing sweaty trainers, smothered in sun protection cream, carrying heavy rucksacks in hot sun or rain, or staying in refuges in dormitories, sharing bathrooms, living out of one pack, and having no meal choices. John and I are pleased to be reunited with Bertie, our little home away from home.

On day 1 of Tour du Mont Blanc, we (Anne, Mark, Rob, Ben, John and I) took a bus up the hairpin bends from Orsieres to Champex Lac then bought some butties and started the 11-day trek. It was raining when we started hiking, but it stopped after about an hour and we took our waterproofs off. The others found my poncho amusing but it worked well for me. It kept me dry, without being sweaty.

We walked along the Sentier de Champignons though the forest, then passed through pastures and Praz de Fort (a beautiful hamlet) to La Fouly, where we stopped for beer before walking the last couple of kilometres to Hotel du Col de Fenetre. The scenery was stunning even though the cloud was low all day.

In the hotel, which was pretty basic but clean, we shared a 6-bed dormitory. On arrival, we had showers and dried our waterproofs, then drank beers and played cards while we waited for dinner.

Walk stats: 20 kilometres, 756 metres ascent, 5 hours 37 minutes.

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