5.Chamonix, Brevent, Lac du Brevent . A circular walk in the French Alps

2019:07:04

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We took the Brevent gondola from Chamonix up to the Brevent top station.
Brevent station in Chamonix - with the top station visible on the ridge above

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The view of Mont Blanc from Brevent mid station

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From the top we could see large snow patches on the track down to mid station- and people struggling.

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View of mid station from the top station at Brevent

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Setting out to walk down to and round the lake

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Alpine pansy

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Still patches of snow on the path

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Heading down towards the lake. Part of the official path was covered in deep snow patches But our route was much easier and free of snow.

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Gentian

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Stonecrop

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Lac du Brevent We stopped our descent to the lake at this point. The path to the right of the lake is narrow and steep

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We then followed the path above the left hand end of the lake. You can see it above the snow patch in this picture.

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Alpine house leek

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Gentian

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Primula spp

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Primula spp

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Alpine pansies in the grass

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Alpine pansies

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The path opened out to a grassy col with good views of Mont Blanc. Refuge de Bellachat is down below this coll, but we didn't go down to it.

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The glaciers on Mont Blanc

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The glaciers on Mont Blanc

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Clear path signs at the coll

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Once we located the main path we headed back up to the top gondola station at Brevent

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This path is part of the tour du Mont Blanc

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Primula spp

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We took the gondola back down to the mid station to avoid the snow on the ski run, but below you can see the path from mid station back to the valley.

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Starting down the path from mid station

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White lillies

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red lillies

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And lizards on the rocks. It was much warmer here.

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