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#2 GR5/GR55 – The Northern Alps (Lake Geneva to Briançon)

GR5 GR55 Hike The Northern Alps5Day 4 – Chésery to Samoëns (25km; 68m / 1510m)
Day 5 – Samoëns to Refuge de Moëde Anterne (23km; 1810m / 510m)
Day 6 – Refuge de Moëde Anterne to Les Houches / Chamonix (21km; 990/2000m)
Day 7 – Les Houches to Les Contamines (19km; 1510m / 1350m)

Day 4

Getting to Samoëns will be a relief, though you will cross some top points of the Col de Coux (1900m), Col des Portes de l’Hiver (2100m), and the Col de la Golèse (1665m). You will spend a few hours walking on good tracks through alpages. You will pass little restaurants (farm outbuildings) known as buvettes. If you are looking for a rest in Samoëns, look for gîtes (cottages). They are owned by people who have day jobs, so expect them to be opened in the evening.

Day 5

A route to Refuge de Moëde Anterne features getting up by 1810m through forest, alpine zones and high tops. You will experience a relaxing walk along the milky river. You will cross a gorge by metal ladders, then a narrow woodland path with hand rails. You will be fascinated by gorgeous waterfalls of Cascade du Rouget and Cascade de la Souffaz. The route will loop round underneath cliffs and get you to the top of Collet d’Anterne (1796m). You will encounter a zigzagging climb across rocky landscape to get to a higher point where you will be just about to make out the Lac d’Anterne. You will be able to cross the highest point of the day – the Col d’Anterne (2257m). Consider staying in a refuge.

Day 6

GR5 GR55 Hike The Northern Alps6This is definitely the big day! You will pass the views of Mont Blanc (4807m) which is the highest mountain in Western Europe. To get here, there is a drop over boggy ground before lengthy climb to the top of Le Brévent. Fortunately, the landscape will be bear with small bushes and abandoned buildings. Although, when higher up, it will become rocky. You will pass some huge boulders and narrow paths to reach the top of the Col du Brévent (2368m). Just stay focused, as the trail is not dangerous. The final ascent to the top will reach the altitude of 2525m. It is much easier along a broad dirt road, which leads to a restaurant, viewpoint and téléphérique. Later on, it is a few hours of relatively hard descent over several hours down into the town of Les Houches deep in the valley. Catch a train to Chamonix, which is being called a paradise for walkers and skiers.

 

 

Day 7

GR5 GR55 Hike The Northern Alps4Starting from Les Houches, the route winds up and becomes very steep, as it follows to the Col de Voza (1650m). Or, you can choose to take the challenging route to Les Contamines. In the beginning, it starts alongside the Tramway du Mont Blanc and then follows a path that cuts across a relatively steep slope and leads you towards the Glacier de Bionassay. The path will then drop down to a bridge that crosses a fast flowing river. Another steep climb will lead you to an open alpage where once again you can get a partial view of the glacier. You will eventually get to Col de Tricot (2120m). It is an even longer descent along a steep, stony zigzag path to reach a group of chalets before a final climb leads to an alpine and then a path that drops through forest to the town of Les Contamines. It’s a valley with communities between high mountains on either side. You will be able to stay in a hotel and have a nice meal and ability to wash your clothes.

 

 

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