Day 1

Les Contamines-Montjoie Travel Blog

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Little hamlets!

I woke up this morning and had some errands to run before I started hiking. I needed to get gas, send some postcards, and get some more food. It took me almsot an hour to find a place that sold white gas. I guess it is not nearly as popular as in the states, because every place had gas canisters instead. After all of this was done, I started hiking. It was a little confusing at first to find the trail but I persisted and it paid off.

The start of the trail was up a windy road into the hills. My first time hiking in the Alps quickly became tiring due to the steepness of the trail. I made it up to Col de Voza eventually and ate lunch. I watched the tramway du Mont Blanc work its way up further. This was supposed to originally go all the way to the top, but they failed at that haha.

Notre Dame de la Gorge
It starts down in St. Gervais. From here, it was mostly down hill for a while with nice views of the Bionnassay Glacier. The trail goes down through Bionnay and many other small nameless towns. I was flagged down at one point by two ladies who were trying to meet up with their friend just up the road. The problem was, the road was hiker accesable only and I didn't know how to help them get where they needed to. Hopefully they eventually found it.

Towards the middle of the afternoon I got to Les Contamines-Montjoie. Since this was the last place for food for a while, I bought some more things and filled up my water. From here, it was a gentle stroll for an hour up the river to the church Notre Dame de la Gorge. It was a nice little church in the middle of the valley. There were a few people in there for mass I presume. After this, the trail got steep again and worked its way past some of the Apian way (I think) and back into the hills. I was hoping on staying at the first gite up the trail, but it was booked. thankfully they called ahead to La Balme and reserved a spot for me. I almost quit for the day, but made it eventually. I was completely worn out by the time I got to Refuge de la Balme, and I was too late for dinner. I ate some cheese, apple, and bread, and went to bed.

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Little hamlets!
Little hamlets!
Notre Dame de la Gorge
Notre Dame de la Gorge
Inside the church
Inside the church
Outside the church. The board in t…
Outside the church. The board in …
An arch from an old Roman road. Ma…
An arch from an old Roman road. M…
Refuge de La Balme
Refuge de La Balme
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Les Contamines-Montjoie
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