TMB Day 3 – Les Contamines to Les Chapieux

The breakfast was a bit funny at Chalet-Mant-Borant. I don’t think it was enough, for some reason you only get one slice of orange…strange 🙂

The morning started out gently from Les Contamines towards Col De Bonhomme

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As we were walking I came across a Swiss flag on this hut

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For a moment I got confused whether I was in France or Switzerland.

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Soon we reached another hut and had a water stop. The sun starts shinning, it started getting hot and  while Clare stripped off into her shorts, everybody looked at her interestingly wishing they had a convertible trouser 🙂

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meanwhile Christine was testing her shooting skills on myself once again 🙂 with a view looking down the valley back towards Les Contamines. This specific place was some kind of nature reserve. I think the whole trail is a nature reserve 🙂

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Even though autumn was nearly there, as we gradually ascend, wild flowers started showing up making the walk even more beautiful. It is then I discovered the micro mode in my camera. After that it was …well I turned into a flower photographer 🙂

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Another Selfie, as pretty as flowers 🙂

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Hiking past cow pastures

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with the tinkle of cowbells as an accompaniment

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Spotted Sundog too 🙂

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Check out the contrails in the sky. There were hundreds of them

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As we took another water break, Flo posed on a pile of rocks, Plan des Dames 2043m

One last ascent to Col Du Bonhomme

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looking back while ascending. When you hiking steep and you look back to catch your breath and presented with a wonderful view, Its such amazing feeling:)

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View from Col du Bonhomme (2329m)

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And looking back all the way to Les Contamines. This green tshirt i bought the day before at Les Contamines. Looking good aye 🙂

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Chilling on Col du Bonhomme

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From Col Du Bonhomme we made the traverse to the Croix du Bonhomme

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Alex and Wasim

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Approaching Refuge de la Criox

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At Refuge de la Criox (2483m,) we were rewarded with awesome views down into the Vallee des Chapieux.

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As we queue up for ordering our lunch, the waiter was trying to explain us the french menu in English

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this was my dessert, Walnut Tart and I and had Quiche for the lunch 🙂

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Another group enjoying the view

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while a shepherd and his two clever dogs were herding sheep

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and the ibex were grazing

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I tried to be innovative. My Meindl Toronto GTX boots serving perfectly for the last two years now

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We then descend to Les Chapieux,

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Just before reaching out Refuge De la Nova we came across a water stream and everybody decided to get a natural foot spa. It was a wonderful idea and I loved it. The water was a bit cold but it felt great submerging feet against the rapid flow of cold water in the sun. It took away all the pain and tiredness from the feet.

After the spa we head to De la Nova, our home for the evening.

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De la Nova was surrounded by lovely mountain views. Owned by a French couple, it was an accurate version of the local “Auberge”. For dinner we had Lasagna and potatoes. It was also Jacky’s Birthday and there was a great atmosphere at the dinner table. There were quite a few other groups and it was very lively. That night, before going to bed, we had the opportunity to see an amazing display of lightning and thunder. I guess it rained all night too.

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2 thoughts on “TMB Day 3 – Les Contamines to Les Chapieux

  1. annathrax

    Beautiful photos! I want to do the tmb!

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