dimanche 07 août 2016 John Brown
- Conditions génerales:
- Très bonnes
- Présence de névés:
- Un peu
We completed our Tour on 5 August - we took 10 days, starting and ending in Les Houches, going anticlockwise. The weather was excellent, and we only had to wear rain gear a couple of times. There was a little snow at the top of the highest cols, but not dangerous. Some days it was very hot climbing up, but there was plenty of water everywhere except for between La Flegère and Les Houches on the last day. We stayed at Auberge Les Crets in Les Houches (small and friendly), Camping Le Pontet in Contamines (a big noisy campsite but ok), Refuge du Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (very busy but a real experience), Refuge Les Mottets (very nice, ask them to bring out the barrel organ, does not take credit card despite what it says on the website), La Maison Vieille (very friendly, lovely food), Chalet Val Ferret (a bit of luxury after a long day, excellent value), Hotel Edelweiss in La Fouly (nice dormitory but disappointing food), Gite le Bon Abri in Champex (not worth the high price, do not agree to sleep in the 'tent' - it's very cold and the cows will keep you awake), Les Ecuries de Charamillon at col de Balme (well worth making the short detour for this, the friendliest, most relaxed welcome and the best food on the whole tour), Refuge La Flegère (busy, a lovely building, bit noisy in the morning) and Chalet des Méandres back in Les Houches (nice enough, but like staying in someone's house). Note that the path changes slightly all the time - we had a map and a guide book and they didn't agree on the route, and neither agreed with what's signposted! But the signs are generally very good. We were just surprised by the new path between Champieux and La Ville des Glaciers, which has a lot of ups and downs. The road is easier, but less picturesque.