Day 7 : St Dalmas Le Selvage – Larche 17th June 2013

Sleeped well last night. Paid 18euros for the bed and 15euros for dinner at Philippe Issautier gite in St Dalmas Le Selvage.

Woke up 5:30am and started walking after breakfast before 6:30am.

Going up to Col de la Colombiere 2244m. Got there at 8am. Snow left overs little bit.

Way down to hameau de Bousieyas 1887m and cross la route de la Bonette which can get you to 2802m (highest road in europe)

La route de la Bonette has just been opened last friday. It is a cyclist, bike rider and tourist heaven.

There was one stream of water to cross before Bousieyas.

From Bousieyas it is going up in a very nice 360 degree surrounding panorama

Reached Col des Fourches 2261m at about 9:50am

Awesome view from there really and like 5minutes walk from the road. Can make a great camp ground there.

It then goes down in Marmottes heaven (lots of them in that area) to grange de Salse Morene 2098m. There is a shelter there and it looked open and unoccupied (there might be a sheep keeper in season) it really look like a perfect house for a night but i got there at 10:10am.

The way up to Pas de la Cavale is very steep on the final approach. One long Neve to cross and one tough 10-20m spot to cross and that was it : Pas de la Cacale 2681m 12:00am lunch time.

Cross 4 young hikers going southbound to La vallee des merveilles with snow shoes. Exchanged informations about what was coming next for me (col girardin and the way to Briancon through Chateau de Queyras) and them (col de crousette)

The way down from Pas De La Cavale was all covered with still a lot of snow. It is not steep down and even flat to the lakes. The snow was hard underneath still.

Walked less than an hour in the snow to reach the second lake on the way down : lac de Lauzanier

Took a nap there and rested around 2:45pm.
Walked down the rest which gets almost flat alongside the stream of water called Ubayette.

It entered a new region now : Alpes de Haute provence.
Leaving Alpes Maritimes

Now it is Ubaye county. Reach Larche (nordic ski resort) at about 5:30pm

Will stay for the night at the camping ground les Marmottes who opened today.
7.5euros for hot shower,water & toilet with no tissues. 1euros for wifi. They also sale food there.

Walking time : 8h
Resting time : 3h
Distance walked : 32km
Altitude in Larche : 1688m

Weather was nice and sunny in the morning with a nice breeze of wind which was great.

On the other side and going down from le Pas de la Cavale.no more breeze..got hot in that valley but it is ok because fresh melted snow is coming down from everywhere

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St dalmas le selvage village

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Col de colombiere 2244m

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On the way down to Bousieyas

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On the way up to Col des Fourches

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View at Col des Fourches 2261m

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On the way up to Pas de la Cavale

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Grange de salse morene 2098m

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View from Pas de la Cavale 2681m

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View on lac du Lauzanier 2281m

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On the way down to Larche

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Larche first house when coming down

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