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Distance

4.41 mi

Elevation gain

2,828 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

0 ft

Max elevation

6,251 ft

Trailrank

67 4.7

Min elevation

3,406 ft

Trail type

One Way

Moving time

2 hours 17 minutes

Time

5 hours 10 minutes

Coordinates

1283

Uploaded

October 8, 2020

Recorded

October 2020
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6,251 ft
3,406 ft
4.41 mi

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near Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)

Spectacular trail - we started the day with a scrumptious energy filling breakfast at Josephine then we headed to the trail: direction Montenvers Mer de Glace through Caillet. The trail is well sign posted and starts next to the Montenvers train station which is located right behind the main train station of Chamonix.
The ascent was almost 1000 meters from Chamonix to Montenvers - Mer de Glace. Breath taking views across the way as you conquer the forest. It took me around 3:30 hours while it says 2.5 hours .. I won’t blame it on bad instructions rather on a slower than average feet like mine and a slippery rocky surface! I scored the trail as moderate as you are constantly climbing up in the forest over wet rocks which added technical challenges to the ascent.
As we got closer, patches of fresh snow started to make appearance on the trail, this is when you know you are up up there! When we arrived, we got welcomed by the stunning white peaks standing proud around la Mer de Glace, which made the hike up well worth every breath. If you don’t have any time, Legs or lungs left to make the long descent, you can take the train down back to Chamonix, which is a bit of a cheat but that will be my aim for next time - a full round trip! I know my brother will be chuffed for using his hiking poles that he took up to Kilimanjaro! On the way back to Chamonix we crowned the spectacular day with a pint of Guinness and a warm cappuccino! That’s what I call the perfect day!
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A warm cappuccino is all you need after the hike

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Hiking poles - donation from my brother after he used them to climb Kili

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Mer de glace

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Ending the hike with a Guinness

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    intero Aug 23, 2021

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    inizio molto faticoso

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