Today has been a relatively easy day. After a short uphill hike, its been downhill all day. That said, the descent hasn’t been easy. It’s been very rough underfoot and John and I have used our poles for most of the day.
After the first uphill bit, we passed the group, with their mule carrying their bags and had to scramble over some rocks. We’ve also had to cross a large patch of slippery snow today. As usual the views have been stunning and, after a couple of hours, we stopped at a pretty refuge for a drink and blueberry tart.
More downhill, some of it alongside a deep river gorge, and we reached the valley bottom. Then we stopped for a cold beer by a recreational lake, before we finally entered Les Contamines.
Our hotel is before the main town and John and I relaxed by the pool and ate our packed lunches while we waited to check in. The others popped into town for some lunch before returning to enjoy a couple of hours in the sunshine.
Walk stats: 14.5k, 67 metres ascent, 4 hours 33 minutes
Thats a burdened horse! But I am astounded by the natural beauty you have seen. It is stunning!
We felt sorry for the mules but I suppose they must be used to carrying heavy loads. The scenery was stunning throughout the trip, whatever the weather.