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Gran Paradiso guided trek 2015

In 2014 we decided to look for an alternative multi day trek in our local area that would provide challenging progression and something a little different from the Tour du Mont Blanc and Walkers Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt. We didn't have to look far and the Alta Via 2 Traverse of the Gran Paradiso made for a fantastic trek. After recceing the trek during the summer of 2014 we decided to offer this in 2015 as a guided trek and self-guided.

 

As we knew that the trek was rigorous trek with our guided option we decided to offer this to previous clients whom we knew would be capable of the difficult and challenging terrain.

 

So on August 11th2015 we met in Chamonix and provided a transfer through to Courmayeur for the group. We enjoyed a trek briefing over dinner and at 9am we were on our way by minibus transfer to the start of the trek in Champorcher at the far end of the Aosta valley.

 

Day 1: The first day takes you from the remote village of Champorcher up and over the Fentre de Champorcher 2828m to the Refuge Peradza. We had such a friendly welcome.... free shoulder & neck massages whilst we had our recovery beer! And delicious food and wine later in the evening.

 

Day 2: A long day ahead starting with a decent from the refuge to Lillaz and then along the valley bottom to Cogne. Lunch stop of panini and cappuccino before making our way to Vanotey & then a fairly steep ascent to Refuge Vittoria Sella at 2584m.

 

Day 3: Promised to be interesting as we had had snow overnight! We had to ascend over the Col Lauson, which is the highest & most delicate Col on the trek at 3299m, which is high by any alpine trekking standards. The group were fit and coped well with the terrain after a short sharp 800m ascent we were up and over and making our long descent to Eaux Rousses in the Valsavarenche valley.

 

Day 4: With the weather improving we made our way initially through larch woodland to the Alpage of Orvieille a perfect location for a rest stop whilst we watched the Marmots playing. It never ceases to amaze me just how much wildlife you see in the Gran Paradiso in comparison to other alpine areas, such abundance of Marmots, Chamois & Ibex and because the area is so quiet & devoid of human beings they don't seem to mind you being around. From here we made our way steeply at times to the Col Entrelor 3007m a tricky descent down into our next valley & to the beautiful village of Rhemes Notre Dame.

 

Day 5: Our Col for the day was the foreboding Col Fenetre 2840m... The group had seen it the day before from the descent of the Col Entrelor. The final ascent to the Col Fenetre is so very steep as the path works its way up into such a tight gully looks impossible from a distance. Once into the gully it's fine and the zigzag path is good, progress is made quickly due to the gradient, which I would suspect is perhaps 50% at times. As often happens if one side of the Col is steep and narley the other is more serene and the descent from Col is lovely & so picturesque winding down past the refuge L’Epee, which provides a great rest stop with delicious food & coffee. Traversing for a while with fabulous views of the Valgrisenche valley before descending into the larch woodland and down to our accommodation for the night at Bonne.

 

Day 6: Starts easily as we made our way through the Valgrisenche valley bottom to the village of Planval & the last chance for a cappuccino before our ascent of the Col Crosatie 2838m. This is my favorite Col of the trek the terrain is truly wild and remote as the views from the top are just majestic looking out to Mont Blanc, the big Swiss 4000m peaks and back over the Grivola & the Gran Paradiso.... This is a place to sit a while and reflect. The descent is initially tricky so care needs to be taken for the first 30 mins or so you then find yourself dropping into the most beautiful & remote valleys and down to the amazing little refuges of the Dortois Paradis in the Vallon du Fond. This is an un-manned refuge that has catering facilities but with prior arrangement the owner will pick you up in his 4x4 and take to his Auberge for an amazing dinner with delicious local food & wine. This truly was an evening to remember & the group loved every minute.

 

Day 7: We retraced our steps through the woods to the ruined refuge, from here we followed the trail to the Alto Pass or Haute Pass, this high valley is so remote and the ascent to the Col is long and challenging. Amazing views looking back to our Col from the day before but it wasn't a place to linger as the wind chill at the Col forced us to descend as quickly as possible to find shelter in the Refuge Defeyes... More Cappuccino & the biggest blueberry tart you ever could imagine!!! From here we made our long descent to La Thuille, it might be long but it certainly takes in some beautiful terrain with stunning views. La Thuile ski resort in the winter is a great little town the biggest we have seen since leaving Courmayeur and it provided us with a lovely hotel, great food and an amazing pack lunch the following day from the local deli.

 

Day 8: And our final day and back to the bosom of Mont Blanc we headed up out of La Thuile into the remote and beautiful Youla Valley to the Col d’Arp and then a fabulous traverse to the Col Youla with truly stunning views of Mont Blanc from the Italian side. Care needs to be taken initially on the descent as the ground is steep and very loose. The trail leads you onto the Tour du Mont Blanc route and you make your way past the refuge Maison Vielle to Col Checrouit and steeply down through the trees to Dolonne and onto Courmayeur. A warm welcome from our lovely hotel owners at the Hotel Crampon and a few celebratory bottles of Procecco were in order!

 

If you are into alpine trekking and are looking for a new challenge try this... It's stunningly remote and beautiful and to top it all its in Italy which means a warm welcome, lovely people and delicious food and drink.

 

We also added an option for clients to summit the Gran Paradiso 4060m at the end of the trek. We acquired the services of two UK high mountain guides Stuart McDonald and John Cune, who got us up to the summit safely and successfully.

 

We are running a guided Gran Paradiso trek again in 2016 and also organize self guided options. For more information on any aspect of the Gran Paradiso see our website: http://www.montblanctreks.com or contact sara@montblanctreks.com

Col Entrelor

Col Entrelor

Col Fentre

Col Fentre

Col Crosatie

Col Crosatie

Dortois Paradis

Dortois Paradis

View from the Col de Youla

View from the Col de Youla


Summer 2015

After the relatively snowless winter the summer season 2015 started without too many glitches. The trails were snow free by late June and the only thing we had to worry about was the heat! This region of the Alps saw unprecedented temperatures as The Chamonix valley saw excesses of 30 degrees. In all my time living in this area I have never know it that hot, it was like being on the Mediterranean coast!

 

This was fabulous for views and dry days in the mountains but did make the ascents very tough for everyone. This balmy weather lasted all the way until the end of July with temperatures returning to the norm for the start of August.

 

August and September went well and our first guided trek on the Traverse of the Grand Paradiso was a success with an optional ascent of the Gran Paradiso 4061m summit at the end of the trek (see specific blog).

 

Once again we had some fabulous groups & met some great folk from all over the globe.

 

Thanks also to our trusty guides Joy, Ali, Duncan, Kelvyn, Vicky, Alex & Gary who did an excellent job.

Col du Seigne, Tour du Mont Blanc

Col du Seigne, Tour du Mont Blanc

High on the TMB

High on the TMB

Refuge Mottets, TMB

Refuge Mottets, TMB

Stroble group from Alaska, Haute Route

Stroble group from Alaska, Haute Route


Excellent time to take an Alps walking holiday, thanks to strong pound

Would you like to go on an Alps walking holiday, with Mont Blanc Treks? If so, you’ll be pleased to learn that it’s now far more affordable to do so, because the pound to euro exchange rate has hit a 7-year high. To be specific, sterling recently touched 1.4256 against Europe’s common currency, its strongest since November 7th 2007.

 

What this means for you is that, when you exchange currencies to go walking in the Alps, you’ll get far more euros than in the recent past. For example, if you exchange £2,500 to spend a fortnight in the Alps, you’ll now get +€560 more than if you’d done so back at the start of 2014, when the pound was far weaker.

 

In other words, that’s +€560 extra sitting in your pocket, at no additional cost to you, just because the exchange rate has risen! With that sort of money, you could extend your Alps walking holiday by a day or two, splash out, in brief really make the most of Mont Blanc Trek's range of activities!

 

Moreover, it could soon become even better value to take a walking holiday in the Alps, if sterling climbs higher versus the euro. The pound could exceed this 7-year high, first, if Greece exits the Eurozone, as looks entirely possible. Second, the pound may also continue to climb, because the UK economy is easily outpacing the Eurozone’s.

 

With this in mind, make the most of this advantageous exchange rate, and book your walking holiday in the Alps!

 

By Peter Lavelle

Pure FX

http://www.purefx.co.uk

+44 (0) 1494 671800

peter.lavelle@purefx.co.uk


Summer 2015

After a very easy winter in terms of snowfall and low temperatures and a very warm spring so far this year we are set for a trouble free start to the season.

 

This was the winter that never really happened after a disastrous Christmas with no snow it finally arrived in time for New Year. With very sparse snowfall during the rest of the season this years skiing wasn't the best.

 

And then for the spring... Amazingly warm with temperatures in April of 20 degrees in the Chamonix valley it felt more like summer.

 

This all spells good news for our forthcoming summer season as it means the snow on the high ground will clear quickly making the Tour du Mont Blanc easily accessible in June and the Walkers Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt doable in early July.

 

We offer a wide range of guided & self guided options for the Tour du Mont Blanc, Walkers Haute Route & Gran Paradiso from June to the end of September. For more information see www.montblanctreks.com

Above Les Houches

Above Les Houches


Traverse of the Grand Paradiso

Fancy a new challenge?

 

We have many clients who complete the Tour du Mont Blanc and Walkers Haute Route with us and then ask the question what's next? Therefore we have for some time been looking for a new challenge within this area of the Alps.

 

There are lots on offer, Tour of the Matterhorn, Tour of the Monte Rosa but one that stood out for a number of reasons was the Traverse of the Gran Paradiso. Why? In 2014 we recced the route to find out....

 

This amazing trek takes you through the Gran Paradiso National Park high in the mountains to the west of the Aosta Valley from Champorcher in the south to Courmayeur in the North.

 

The trail is amazing, remote and quiet. Some days we trekked all day and only came across a couple of other fellow walkers. The scenery is stunning, wildlife in abundance as we passed great herds of Ibex, watched marmots play and enjoyed the sights of Eagles gliding above the rock faces and over the high valleys.

 

Challenging is an appropriate word to describe the route, the ascents and descents are steep and tough so a great deal of good mountain fitness is required and its not for the faint hearted as you gain some incredibly lofty positions well over 3000m with the highest col being Col Loson at 3300m!

 

One important factor that we mustn't overlook... This trek is in Italy for its entirety, which means fantastic food, wine and coffee at every rest stop. The accommodation is friendly and welcoming as only the Italians know how to do.

 

So if you are looking for a new challenge for summer 2015 look no further, the Traverse of the Gran Paradiso is a fantastic gem. We offer this trek Self- guided and we also have a bespoke guided trek running in August 2015 with bag transfer support.

Gran Paradiso National Park

Gran Paradiso National Park

Col de Crosatie

Col de Crosatie

Above La Thuile

Above La Thuile


Summer 2014

Another busy summer season comes to an end in the Chamonix valley and ends on a high with superb weather throughout September & October however this wasn't always the case!

 

After a warm spring the trails were relatively free of snow in time for the arrival of our first clients at the end of June. Our first guided and self guided clients enjoyed good weather on the Tour du Mont Blanc but this was soon to change with the arrival of July!

 

Generally July is a great time to do the TMB we have settled warm weather the trails are not mad busy however this year July was a test! The western Alps experienced some horrendous weather lots of rain and cold temperatures and snow on the high ground. It seems our Haute Route treks from Chamonix to Zermatt faired better as they were trekking further east they seemed to miss out on most of the poorer weather, lucky for them!

 

August brought improvement but still unsettled at times with one of our August TMB groups experiencing high winds, rain & snow on the first section, fortunately for the group the weather changed and for the second half of the trip they enjoyed magnificent views.

 

We hoped and prayed for an Indian summer & boy did we get it with amazing clear & sunny weather for all our groups on the TMB and Chamonix to Zermatt in. September.

 

We are always asked the question which is the best month to do the Tour du Mont Blanc and Haute Route however there really isn't an answer to that question. Every year is totally different. Everybody who has mountain experience knows that weather can be fickle and temperatures can change rapidly with good weather an be replaced with bad fairly quickly but on average you would expect to have one or two day poor weather for the duration of your trek. 

 

With that in mind this year certainly wasn't the norm and don't let it put you off, the Tour du Mont Blanc and the Walkers Haute Route are without a shadow of a doubt two of the best multi day treks worldwide.

TMB August 2014

TMB August 2014

TMB August 2014

TMB August 2014


Summer 2013 Continued

August brought continued good weather which was fantastic for our Augusts treks. We saw one half day of rain for the full duration on the Tour du Mont Blanc and likewise on the Haute Route.


This year we have used the Refuge Mottets for our guided and self guided TMB treks, this proved to be a very popular and clients really enjoyed the atmosphere of the place, great food and the evenings entertainment after dinner by the accordion playing host. Excellent evenings were also to be had with great accommodation and food along the way at the Hotel du Bois, Les Houches, Refuge Bonatti, Val Ferret, Hotel du Glacier, Champex.


On the Walkers Haute Route accommodation can be as varied as on the Tour du Mont Blanc, we had made some changes to that used in 2013 and these proved to be enjoyable. Using Grachen as a stopping point rather than Gasenreid gave us more options in terms of accommodation with the lovely Hotel Wallister and Hannigralp, The Hotel Antika in Zermatt was also fantastic.
September and back to snow!


Generally speaking September is usually a quieter time to undertake any of our treks however that didn't seem to be the case for us during the first half of the month with at one point with guided and self guided we had 46 folk trekking along the routes at any one time.
After just one month without snow on the routes September brought some much cooler weather with snow down to 1600m for one or two days. Although when it snows at this time of year it doesn't last it still caused a few minor problems but on the plus side it allowed folk to test out their warm weather kit! What was lost view wise the groups made up for in commaradery with our September guided group. 


Our self guided clients had a fabulous time with some fabulous days of pristine views with cooler air and the freshening of new snow.
And now for a little reprieve before the next season arrives, 2014 winter and summer bring it on!

Summer 2013 Continued


Summer 2013

It's hard to believe that it is October already and after a very busy season we have now time to reflect on the trials and tribulations of this summer.


June Winter remains!

June is always a tricky time to undertake any of the high level trekking routes in the Alps, for example, people presume the Tour du Mont Blanc will be fine by mid June but in reality that is often not the case, depending on the amount of snow during the winter and the weather and temperatures during the spring therefore with the snow abundant winter of 2013 and the extremely cold spring the start of the season was a challenge. After spending some time recceing the route mid June and passing this information on to our self-guided clients starting later in the month we found that there were three main areas of concern... Day 3 Col du Bonhomme, Col de la Criox du Bonhomme & Col des Fours, day 4 via the Col du Seigne & the Mont Fauvre Spur and day 6 via the Grand Col Ferret. Self guided clients who started towards the end of June had a challenge on their hands and were advised to hire crampons and walking roles to aid balance on steep slopes where a slip or fall could be problematic. On a recce to the Col du Bonhomme on the xx June it was still snowing at 2000m just making the problem a whole lot worse, when would spring and summer finally arrive?

 

July, Straight into Summer

The start of July brought a total change to the weather, it was as though someone had flicked a switch bypassing spring and going directly into summer with temperatures of 28 degrees. This made the routes more achievable however the amount of snow would take sometime to abate on the more sheltered shady slops and high Cols.

Our self-guided treks

Both our Tour du Mont and Walkers Haute Route proved popular again this year and during late June and July we had many groups undertaking each trek, with or without crampons!! During summer 2013 in addition to our own clients we also provided self guided TMB treks for Macs Adventure providing accommodation, self guided packs (daily route cards, maps and important trek information), bag transfers and on hand support during the trek for all clients.

 

Our guided treks


Walkers Haute Route: July 7- 21 July, excellent weather and snow abundant cols.

After a recce of the high sections of the Walkers Haute Route we realised that it really wasn't advisable to take our guided group over the Fenetre d'Arpette and on the section between Cabane du Mont Fort and Arolla. The week before we amended the route by taking the Bovine route from Trient to Champex and arranging a minibus from Le Chable to Arolla then adding an extra night in Grimentz which created an additional day of walking. The rest of the trek remained unchanged although the group came across large amounts of snow on the on and around all of the high Cols en-route. The Europaweg (high level route from Grachen to Zermatt) continued to be a problem throughout the season, the section between Europa Hutte remained closed and new stone fall between Taschalp and Ottanwen made this section impassable. This meant that the low route had to be taken for the majority of the season.

Tour du Mont Blanc: 11-26 July & 28 July- 4 August, always be prepared!


You would have through that by mid July that we would manage to get around the tour du Mont Blanc without seeing that much snow, how wrong! Our group that departed 7 July had fabulous weather and a great deal of residual snow to deal with especially on day 3 from Contamines to Refuge Mottets. The descent from the Col des Fours was epic and clients perfected the art of glissading for the best part of 600m, this of course made that section of the descent quicker than usual! Our only bad weather day was day 4 via the Col de Seigne where wind, rain and low temperatures prevailed, this was a timely reminder that having good kit with you at all times is essential and some of the group who had decided to travel lightweight were cold and damp! Thanks to LaBet and here sparkling wit we laughed our way through most of the day!

August and September to be continued...

Tour du Mont Blanc July 2013

Tour du Mont Blanc July 2013

Walkers Haute Route July 2013

Walkers Haute Route July 2013

TMB August 2013

TMB August 2013

TMB September 2013

TMB September 2013


Tour du Mont Blanc conditions June 2013

It is hard to believe the amount of snow that persists above 2000m when you are in the valley bottom, which is free of snow, lush and green. However this situation is very different away from the safety of the valley bottom the spring has continued to be cold and the snow persists on the high ground making passage slow, difficult and potentially dangerous. We have continued to monitor the conditions over the past few weeks and have made a recce of each section of the route as this year's residual snow is exceptional and alarming.

 

Although we have had warmer weather over the past two weeks, which has improved the situation but many problems still persist in key areas. We envisage the snow being on the route well into the season.

 

This week we have seen the return of cooler weather, Monday 24th June saw more snow down to 1800m with temperatures in the valley of 6 degrees. The forecast is still unsettled and we have more snow forecast down to 2000m on Thursday 27th & Friday 28th June.

 

The main problem areas:

  • Contamines to Chapieux & Ville des Glaciers via the Col du Bonhomme (2443m) & the Col de la Croix Bonhomme (2483m) & Col des Fours (2665m) if going to Ville des Glaciers.
  • Chapieux & Ville des Glaciers to Courmayeur via the Col de Seigne (2516m) & Vielle d’Arp and the Mont Fauvre spur.
  • Refuge Bonatti to La Fouly via the Grand Col Ferret (2537m)
  • Champex to Trient via the Fenetre d’Arpette (2665m)

There are many less people on the route that normal although groups are now getting through and completing the circuit however not with out difficulty. These photos were taken on the 22 June 2013

 

For your own safety please take notice of our advice where the route is not advisable and change your route accordingly.

 

The itinerary in brief

 

Day 1: Chamonix to Les Houches: ok if a lower route is taken, theCol de Brevent is not advisable as the ladder section is banked out with snow and the steep ground could be potentially dangerous if you were to slip or fall.

 

Day 2: Les Houches to Contamines: The route over the Col du Tricot is passable with care. Route via Bionnassay & Chapel no problems.

 

Day 3: Contamines to Chapieux or Ville des Glaciers: A great deal of snow above 2000m, this section isnot advisable without the correct equipment (see below). As you ascend above 2000m you will be on snow for many hours, the snow is deep 2m in places. Great care needs to be taken from the Chalets des Jovets to the descent into Chapieux.Do not attempt the Col des Fours, this is extremely steep at the top with the snow a slip or fall could be fatal. If staying at the Refuge Mottets descend to Chapieux and walk up the road to Ville des Glaciers and on to the refuge.

 

Day 4: Chapieux or Ville des Glaciers to Courmayeur: A great deal of snow above 2000m, this section isnot advisable without the correct equipment (see below). Great care needs to be taken on the snow traverses.Do not attempt the Vielle d’Arp as this has some seriously steep ground that is banked out with snow when traversing round from the Mont Fauvre spur a slip or fall at this point could be serious. Instead from Lac Combal descend to La Visaille and walk or take the navette into Courmayeur.

 

Day 5: Courmayeur to Refuge Bonatti: ok if a lower route is taken. Do not take the high options as outlined in the guidebook.

 

Day 6: Refuge Bonatti to La Fouly: Contamines to Chapieux or Ville des Glaciers: A great deal of snow above 2000m, this section isnot advisablenot advisable without the correct equipment (see below). From Arnuva walk up the 4x4 track to the refuge Elena,do not attempt to take the TMB route up the gully, the bridge over the gully has not been re-instated as yet and crossing the snow bridge could be dangerous. Great care needs to be taken when ascending to the Grand Col Ferret and descending on the other side as there is still a massive amount of snow.

 

Day 7: La Fouly to Champex: No problems, route as normal.

 

Day 8: Champex to Trient: The Bovine route is free of snow and is fine. Donot attempt the variant via Fenetre d’Arpette, as with the Col des Fours the route is steep on both sides of the Col and when banked out with snow, as it is at the moment a slip of fall here could be serious.

 

Day 9: Trient to Argentiere: Take the route direct from Trient to the Col du Blame, these is a great deal of snow on the north easterly side of the Col so care needs to be taken here, the westerly side of the col is free of snow. The rest of the route is passable.

 

Day 10: Argentiere to Chamonix: The Aiguille Rouges nature reserve still has a lot of snow, Lac Blanc is completely covered with snow and remains frozen. Therefore we advise to remain on the lower balcony to Flegere and do not ascend to Lac Cheserys and Lac Blanc, the route from Flegere to Brevent has no problems.

 

Essential kit:

  • All kit outlined on our kit list not forgetting good waterproof boots, gloves, warm hat, warm layers, waterproof outer layers, sun cream & sunglasses to protect against snow glare.
  • Light weight crampons, walking ice axe & walking poles x 2 per person to aid balance, lightweight walking crampons can be hired locally in Chamonix or Les Houches.
  • Gaiters to keep you dry when walking through snow.

Important to remember

Walking on snow can be very tiring and time consuming, you will need a good level of fitness in order to be able to cope with this additional challenge. You will also need to allow more time each day to get to your destination.

 

Snow and bad weather also make navigation difficult as you cannot see the designated path and route markets and signage will be covered with snow. Good navigational skills are essential, the ability to read a map, use a compass and altimeter are a pre-requisite of this self-guided trek.

 

Snow on high ground this can make the route difficult and dangerous in places. A great deal of care needs to be taken when moving on Neve (Snow), depending on the weather this can be frozen solid or slush and without crampons can be impossible to cross without slipping. It is essential that you make a risk assessment before crossing snow, look below and ask yourself if you slipped how far would you slide & fall? Could a slip or fall cause injury? If in doubt retreat back and descend.

 

Please contact us for further information and advise on current conditions.

View from the Brevent over towards the Aiguillette des Houches

View from the Brevent over towards the Aiguillette des Houches

Col du Bonhomme

Col du Bonhomme

Traverse between Col du Bonhomme & Croix du Bonhomme

Traverse between Col du Bonhomme & Croix du Bonhomme


3 days in the Jura on skinny skis!

January came with sub zero temperatures.. We left the frozen Chamonix valley and expected something a few degrees warmer... Little did we know that the Jura is renowned for it Siberian climate during the winter months!

 

We arrived in Les Rousses in -14 temperatures set for a 3 day expedition on the Grand Traverse of the Jura. Having never been to the Jura in winter before we really didn't know what to expect and we pleasantly surprised at the contrast from the jagged skyline if the Chamonix to the vast rolling valleys and tree lined ridges of the Jura. And what's more we had the place to ourselves, kilometer after kilometer of deserted terrain.

 

Day 1: Setting off from Les Rousses we headed for Chapelle des Bois a 28 k stage passing Bois d'Armont with 400m of ascent over Les Combettes having never skied that distance before cross country with a back pack with 3 days worth of gear it was tough going. We finally dropped down in to the xx valley and completed the day with a further 8 kilometres on flat terrain until we reached the village of Chapelle des Bois and our hotel for the night. Tiered and hungry we made good use of the hotels sauna, downed a cold beer and tucked into a great meal before crashing out!

 

Day 2: Wow another cold day -15 at best, from Chapelle des Bois we headed on flat terrain down the never ending Combe des Cives valley which seemed to go on for miles a short climb took us to the Le Pre Poncert and on to Chaux Neuve. We covered another 24k before arriving back at Chapelle des Bois and the Hotel Melezes.

 

Day 3: For our final day we retraced our tracks back to Les Rousses on a similar route to day 1 with a couple of added variations over the Combe du Vert. With warmer temperatures (-5) and snow forecast during the afternoon this gave us the incentive to make progress and avoid the worst of the weather. We returned to our car by 3pm, cold wet and tried and contemplated our snowy drive back to the Chamonix valley.

 

80 kilometres in 3 days on skinny skis with overnight kit, madness yet weirdly addictive! A really worth while experience though a real wilderness with miles upon miles of cross country ski trails, we would definitely plan another stage of the GTJ next winter.

At the start

At the start

Bois d'Armont

Bois d'Armont

Dee on the climb to the col, Les Combettes

Dee on the climb to the col, Les Combettes

Sun goes down on day 1

Sun goes down on day 1

Combe des Cives day 2

Combe des Cives day 2

Snow laden trees near Pre Poncet

Snow laden trees near Pre Poncet