Day 3

Col des Fours Travel Blog

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theres an Ibex I promise!

I decided not to do breakfast at the refuge because I wanted to get rid of some weight by eating what I already had. So I got up and departed towards Col des Fours. The hike was pretty steep, but nothing that I hadn't seen already. the top of the col is the highest point along the TMB along with one other point. The view would have been great except for two things. The clouds were relatively low, and would later envelope the col, plus the walls of the col were pretty steep so you couldn't see much on the sides. Just before the top of col I got to see an Ibex! It was just up the trail from me and the father/son pair got a better picture before it ran off, but I did see it! On top of the col I met up with the Spanish group who ate dinner at my table the night before. We took pictures for each other.

Col des Fours
I also met a pair of girls from Helsinki. One's mother was British and she spoke perfect English. It was cool! They had been up the day before but it was cloudy then too. After this, the descent got super steep. I am glad I went up the side I did! I descended down into the Plan des Fours and into Ville des Glaciers. On the way down, I guess I took the wrong trail. I ended up on the other side of the valley going down a switchback road, but there was a desserted village just like the book said! I didn't even realize it till the father/son pair said they watched me and made sure I didn't get lost at Elisabetta that night.

Towards the bottom of the valley I came upon a mobile milking truck. It was weird. There were cows ALL over the valley. All you could hear was the clinking of their bells. It was pretty cool, but kind of annoying after a while. Thankfully I didn't have to walk through the herd like I would the next day.

Ville des Glaciers was a few small buildings and that was it. Evidentally they produce cheese from the cows, because they were selling it. I didn't buy any though.

alicegourmet says:
A mobile milking truck...that's very interesting! I bet those cows are happy to have this kind of "door to door" service! LOL!
Posted on: Nov 20, 2009
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theres an Ibex I promise!
theres an Ibex I promise!
Col des Fours
Col des Fours
towards Col de la seigne
towards Col de la seigne
hi!
hi!
this is the Col I just left. the c…
this is the Col I just left. the …
Mont Blanc behind the clouds
Mont Blanc behind the clouds
an escarpment. the water around he…
an escarpment. the water around h…
Mont Blanc again
Mont Blanc again
Col de la Seigne
Col de la Seigne
one more time MB
one more time MB
Cows!
Cows!
desserted vilage
desserted vilage
Col des Fours
photo by: jl_ghs316