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
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
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.
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
View of mid station from the top station at Brevent

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Setting out to walk down to and round the lake
Setting out to walk down to and round the lake

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Alpine pansy
Alpine pansy

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Still patches of snow on the path
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.

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
Gentian

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Stonecrop
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

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.
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
Alpine house leek

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Gentian
Gentian

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Primula spp
Primula spp

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Primula spp
Primula spp

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Alpine pansies in the grass
Alpine pansies in the grass

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Alpine pansies
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.

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
The glaciers on Mont Blanc

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The glaciers on Mont Blanc
The glaciers on Mont Blanc

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Clear path signs at the coll
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
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
This path is part of the tour du Mont Blanc

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Primula spp
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.
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
Starting down the path from mid station

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White lillies
White lillies

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red lillies
red lillies

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

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