Day 2

Col de la Croix du Bonhomme Travel Blog

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on the way up to the Col du Bonhomme

I woke up this morning sore from the 15 or so miles I had walked/hiked the day before. Let's just say it was a struggle to get going. The hike started to get into the highlandsand above the tree line fairly quickly. The first part of the hike was up to the top of the Col du Bonhomme. It was SO pretty! Looking back down towards Les Contamines-Montjoie was amazing. I forgot how much I loved hiking because of the view, but hated it because of the constant lack of breath and pain. The trail was easy to follow, and everytime there was a junction, there was a sign that said what was the other way and the time it should take to get there. My times weren't quite accurate haha.

Anyway, I quickly realized this morning that I wasn't going to make it around the whole Tour unless I just wanted to hate every minute of it, so I decided to take it easy and just enjoy hiking for a few days instead! It was SO releiving.

The col
After 2 days I had given up haha. Oh well, it made the hike just that, instead of dreading every step. I got up to the top of Col du Bonhomme and rested for a while. Looking down one side was the way I came, up the side of the other was where I was going, and off to the northeast was a different trail who went who knows where.

After I caught my breath, I took off towards Col de la Croix du Bonhomme. It wasn't as bad as the first accent, but it still was rough with my overpacked backpack. I got up to the top and caught my breath for a bit, then went down to the refuge to check for a room. I fell in love with it on first site. It was the perfect high alp refuge in my mind! There were no roads to it. Everything was either hiked in, donkeyed (is that a word?) in, or helicoptered in. They did have a phone, and would later call ahead to Elisabetta to reserve a room for me. Since I had got there so early, I went back up to the col to take a nap and eat lunch. What a glorious way to spend an afternoon!

Later that night at dinner, I met a couple going the opposite way from England and had a nice chat with them. People along the trail were so feindly. I also talked a little with a father and son who were camping. I would bump into them many times over the next few days.

alicegourmet says:
I think I will have some difficulties to hike on the high altitude with a big backpack. I'm glad you had a wonderful time up there...and had a good chat with some traveller! :)
Posted on: Nov 20, 2009
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on the way up to the Col du Bonhom…
on the way up to the Col du Bonho…
The col
The col
on top!
on top!
Back down where I just hiked up fr…
Back down where I just hiked up f…
Smile!
Smile!
Trying to get the valley as well
Trying to get the valley as well
I give up!
I give up!
One of the lakes in the distance. …
One of the lakes in the distance.…
The TMB goes on the right.
The TMB goes on the right.
This looked like a resevoir or som…
This looked like a resevoir or so…
The refuge!
The refuge!
My lunch/nap spot right below the …
My lunch/nap spot right below the…
The GR5 splits off and heads towar…
The GR5 splits off and heads towa…
The big white things are bags full…
The big white things are bags ful…
Down towards Les Chapieux.
Down towards Les Chapieux.
Col de la Croix du Bonhomme Hostels review
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Col de la Croix du Bonhomme
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