Day 2: Chalets de Miage to Refuge Nant Borrant

We were greeted by grey skies and light rain on our second day. From the Chalets de Miage we crossed the stream and headed up the 400m of ascent to Le Truc.

Col de Truc

Le Truc

The Auberge du Truc offers accommodation and refreshments but we pressed on down through the forest to the town of Les Contamines-Montjoie. We accidentally managed to emerge at the other side of this small town before finding somewhere for coffee.

We followed the Bon Nant river upstream on a tree-lined path and soon we arrived at a small lake with a bar restaurant.

We were delighted with our excellent coffee and gauffres caramel.

Waffles!!

Waffles!!

On our way again we passed the pilgrimage chapel of Notre Dames de la Gorge.

Notre Dames de la Gorge.

Notre Dames de la Gorge.

The TMB path then climbed steeply through a wooded ravine on Roman laid slabs. It crossed a hump backed bridge, Pont de la Tena, with vertiginous drops into the gorge.

Pont de la Tena

Pont de la Tena

After a short easy day we arrived at Refuge Nant Borrant.

Uphill to Refuge Nant Borrant

Uphill to Refuge Nant Borrant

The Refuge was established in 1870 when the Mattel family converted their farm. The refuge is still run be the Mattel family today.

We were shown to our small dortoir which we were to share with 3 French people. (Who snored loudly all night).

Small 6 bed dortoir

Small 6 bed dortoir

The toilets and showers were outside on a covered balcony from where there were lovely views.

View from the balcony

View from the balcony

Day 3

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