Day notes Maison Vieille made an excellent lunch stop with the first good meal we’d had on the Italian section. It’s tempting to linger here, and if you do you can always catch the cable car down to the valley floor. The walk down hasn’t much to recommend it apart …
A tough day, starting with a steep climb up to Mont de la Saxe. The path along the whaleback ridge is delightful with great views, but getting down is another matter.
The hotel at Lavachey was brilliant when we were there, possibly the best overnight stop on the whole route.
The day starts with a slog up a wide jeep track but it gets better – beyond the Elena Refuge the path winds over a grassy hillside to the Col Grand Ferret, which on a good day probably has amazing views.