( 6 hours – 18kms)
Once again our group promptly hit breakfast at 7.30 sharp, followed by the 8.30 bus to our starting point of Triente, snuggled down in the valley with ominous mountain ranges surrounding us on three sides.
The weather in the valley was cool but we are expecting hot and humid conditions all day with the threat of thunderstorms and foul weather forecast for tomorrow.
With this in mind there is a real chance that we may have to abandon our walk a day early, so all were very keen and excited to be hitting the track.
Said track went straight up, switchback after switchback, cool breeze turning into a humid swamp, turning a rough enough climb into a sweat box challenge.
Regular short breaks to mop down, before finally reaching the Col de Balme at 2191 metres, and the border between Switzerland and France.
More Aussie border excitement, lots of photos, spectacular views and a lovely cooling breeze.
Maybe a selfie?
A leap of faith…
Finally, a leisurely walk to our outdoor dining room, baguette and brilliant valley/mountain views, with the Mont Blanc Massif on our left.
Probably the second most spectacular lunch spot.
Chamonix is the village at the end of the valley, Argentiere is below us.
The afternoon walk followed through the pine forest, before a short ridge walk to our destination of Angentiere, in the valley above Chamonix.
One glance at the pharmacie in town gave reason for the sweat feast!
No time to waste, there’s a bar directly across the road from our hotel!!
We had a lovely meal at our hotel, with Ismael informing us that the weather forecast for tomorrow wasn’t too bad, and we would be able to complete our epic journey.