Nice surprise for me this morning. Woke up before 6am.
Got to the dining hut to eat some breakfast.
When i picked up my batteries charger left for the night. A note from Sylvie the refuge de la Valette keeper was on it saying
“Bonjour a piece of Lasagnes for you in the aluminium on the table”
Thanks Sylvie. It is going to be a good day even if the teenage girl sleeping next to me was kicking me and waking me up during the night.
Lots of fog/cloudy this morning. Outside temperature 2C.Snow is hard.
Need to backed up to Les Prioux to follow GR55 and forget about going where i wanted to go first today (Cirques des Marchets)
Left Refuge de la Valette 7:30am
Touched down Les Prioux 1700m 8:45am
Going down on a wide path towards Pralognan la Vanoise GR55.
Arrived Pralognan la Vanoise 8:50am 1400m
Leaving 12:30am Pralognan la Vanoise after a long break.
The sun is out and warm now here
GR55 marked 3h45 to reach Col de la Vanoise.
Passed by Les Fontanettes and going up alongside ski slopes.
Massive & impressive mountain view surronding while going up.
Reached les chalets de la Gliere 2060m at 1:45pm. Waterfall view just in front
2:20pm lac des vaches 2302m
Lots of people here.did not reached top yet that i came across more than 100 persons (mostly groups)
The refuge at le Col de la Vanoise has more than 140 beds availability. The access is quite easy from Pralognan la Vanoise and they are building now something bigger…
3:15pm reached Col de la Vanoise 2515m.
Can see Grande Casse massif there
Refuge entre deux eaux marked 2h
2 laked on the way down.
Catched up with group of hikers with mountain guide. They do a 6 days tour from Courchevel to Val D’isere. (videotaped the guide introducing and explaining his group about the surronding mountain flora and fauna)
Spotted group of Bouquetins 200m away. Mountain guide was giving informations to the group about Bouquetins
Before going down steeply, beautiful view on the Grande Motte and Vallon de la Leisse
After going down near refuge entre deux eaux.Catching up with via alpina on the way to refuge de Leisse by following up vallon de la Leisse.
Arrived Refuge de Leisse (nice location) 2464m 6:30pm. One bunk bed for me available.
Great scenaries again today in the Vanoise national park. The really best is from Col de la Vanoise to refuge de Leisse (vallon de la Leisse)
Distance walked : 32.1km
Walking time : 8h
Resting time : 3h
Celine,Louis and Herve young enthusiastic Leisse refuge keepers.
Great to stop there. 12,5euros for a bunk bed.
Celine kindly offers me a bol of homemade soup. Great service here and really great & friendly host.
Celine is making and offering an homemade liquor (white rhum with “myrtilles”) that’s worth going for…
Vanoise style house
House in Pralognan la vanoise
Massive and impressive mountain view on the way up to Col de la Vanoise
Lac des vaches
Grande Casse on the left. Col de la vanoise just ahead
Going down to refuge entre deux eaux from col de la vanoise
Awesomely beautiful vallon de la leisse..grande motte in the cloud (left)
Grande motte in the cloud
On the way to refuge de la leisse