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Report 1047: Mt. Blanc Summer 2006

By Robert Rainey from California, Summer 2006

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Page 6 of 15: Champex to La Fouly (Hotel Edelweiss)

photo by Robert Rainey

In the valley

As we were going "against the current" and going clockwise (90% plus do it counterclockwise) we passed the shore of lake Champex along the paved pathways, soon we found the twisting path which descends to the south basically following the road to Orsieres, but cutting off the hairpins.

We passed through meadows with explosions of early summer flowers in every color imaginable. I told Peg that it looked like a garden rather than nature’s best work. Within 45 minutes we arrived at a forest, which we weaved through for 30 minutes or so before arriving at our first town Issert. We followed the path towards town. The trail is marked with numerous signs and yellow TMB insignias very frequently. We next passed through Les Arlaches with chalets and very old but picturesque barns. Passing a few more meadows we arrived at Praz-de-fort, where we had to take a few minutes to find the route the arrow points left but there are several streets to follow, eventually an old man leaned out his window and pointed the way. I suppose it was obvious where we were going with our backpacks.

We passed through more forest and views up to the glacier de Soleina. The path follows a stream, which was a constant presence. We also on two occasions passed avalanche paths, where snow and dirt were piled up on the trail. New paths had been cut by the early hikers. We needed to be a little careful crossing the 20-30 meter sections of snow, which had become slightly slushy.

Following the stream we encountered our first real hill, which led past Prayton and continued to rise to La Fouly. We followed the trail into town; we soon found our hotel the Hotel Edelweiss.

Hotel Edelweiss , La Fouly - We had beautiful views up to the glacier from the dining room, very comfortable, good food and nice wine selection. Chicken curry with rice, cauliflower soup, spring rolls with sweet sauce. I highly recommend this hotel.

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