Going up on the road 6:50am towards Col de Coux today
Bivouac last night nearby Pied du Cret.
3 possibilities from there to reach cabane Susanfe.
One is by Refuge du Folly, Col des chambres 2338m,refuge de la Vogealle and Tete des Ottans to reach cabane Susanfe CH Valais.
Second way following GRP by refuge Bostan. (via alpina GPX file following this way)
Will follow via alpina by Chavonnes, Col & refuge de la Golese and Col de Coux
Parking du Cret 7:15am 997m.Via Alpina goes by Col de la Golese (left by forest trail).Can follow road and GRP to reach refuge du Bostan
7:45am Chavonnes 1245m Col de la Golese marked 1h15
8:45am 1660m Col de la Golese alpage. Refuge de Bostan by GRP marked 40mins (up right). Col de Coux marked 2h20 (up left)
Little historical information posted by refuge de la Golese owner.
Col de la Golese is the passing way between Vallee d’Aulps (Morzine) & vallee du Giffre (Samoens).
Nearby Col de Coux to Swiss Valais. Thoses passes used to be main communications & exchange way in between thoses 3 vallees
9:10am 1525m BonneValette intersection. Refuge chardonniere marked 20mins.Morzine marked 2h30.Col de Coux marked 2h
9:30am 1420m Plan des Heures intersection. Morzine marked 2h20 dowm left. Straight up Col de Coux marked 1h40.Refuge des Barmes marked 3h
9:40am 1500m Torrent des chardonnieres.Fresh water available here.Col de Coux marked 1h25.Refuge de Barme 2h40
10:15am 1800m L’epingli.nice panoramic view Aulps vallee (morzine)
10:30am Col de Coux 1920m. Refuge de Barmes marked 1h50
Few mountain bikers at Col de Coux
10:45am leaving haute savoie & france to enter Swiss Valais. Champery marked 2h10
Great view on Dents Blanches massif. Going down by the sounds of singing birds and Swiss cow bells through light forest
12:05am Barmes/Barmaz 1472m
1:25pm leaving Barmes. Refuge Susanfe marked 3h20
Cantine de Barmaz lunch break 26CHF for big hiker salad + beer
Going up then down to Bonavau.Impressive view on the way. Reached Bonavau 2:40pm 1540m
It goes up very steeply the.little bit of rock climbing necessary (chains to help)
3:30pm Pas D’encel 1798m. Cabane de Susanfe marked 1h
4:40pm 2089m Cabane Susanfe. Fabienne refuge keeper, very nice & welcoming. Been here for 6 years.Gave me advice about after Col Susanfe to follow still winter trail on the right side.
There is a sherperd in this alpage taking care of sheeps. He is young and have his wife and kid up in the alpage. Did not have chance to talk to him (walking faster than me and busy working also)
6:05pm 2494m Col de Susanfe. View on the Salanfe lake.
Refuge de Salanfe marked 1h30
After about 45mins of going down steeply in the snow.cross and follow water stream on flat ground.
7:05pm catched up summer trail
7:30pm approaching refuge de Salanfe.A young girl working at the refuge is there contemplating the mountains. She told me that the chapel that we can see from the distance its open. Think i just find where i am going to end up yet another fantastic day on the via alpina.
Today is in the top 3 of my favorite day since Monaco. Feel like just entered another world here in Swiss Valais…
7:50pm Salanfe 1935m.Van d’en Haut marked 1h10
Distance covered : 33,3km
Walking time : 8h40
Resting time : 4h25
Weather : warm & sunny
Date : Friday 5th July 2013
Altitude : 1950m
Last night bivouac Chalet/warehouse
Alpage near col de le Golese
Panorama at Col de Coux Haute Savoie Vallee d’Aulps side
Panorama Valais side Col de Coux
Swiss Valais awesome panorama
Brames & Dents du Midi massif
Valais style chalet
Near Pas D’encel
On the way to cabane de Susanfe
Col de Susanfe
Col de susanfe right in front
Panoramic view lac de salanfe