Moving time  3 hours 44 minutes

Time  5 hours 56 minutes

Coordinates 2154

Uploaded June 20, 2018

Recorded June 2018

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9,287 f
5,704 f
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1.8
3.7
7.38 mi

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near Cheiron, Piemonte (Italia)

After Refuge Agnel, we were planning to do a 2-day stage in Italy (Refuge viso) before continuing the GR58 at la Monta. This stage in Italy was not recommended at this time of the year due to heavy snow and dangerous steep descents. We had to drop our previous plan and decided to go directly to La Monta. Disappointed at the beginning for not traversing Col Agnel into Italy, we started to feel better while ascending to "Col vieux" covered by snow. The ascent is not particularly difficult but the snow was covering the whole trail.
At the "Col vieux", we can see clearly the majestic "Pain de sucre" mountain. We also had to skip its ascent because of snow. To the north of "Col vieux", the scenery was magnificient especially the lake "Foréant", most of it was icy. The descent to the lake was fully in snow but not difficult. After passing the lake, we didn't continue on the normal GR 58 but we made our descent to the right (The guardians at refuge agnel recommended this at this time of the year because of snow). The descent is amazing and we had to stop many times to take pictures to snowy mountains, rivers and natural waterfalls. We reached the other lake, lake Egorgéou, smaller than the first one. After passing the lake, the scenery opened wide and changed abruptly to a beautiful forest view. The trail was nice and clear. Some parts of the trail were covered by snow or by fallen trees. We encountered lots of marmots and many alpine ibex (Bouquetins). At the end of this long descent, we reached the "Guil river". After a short walk alongside the river, we crossed a wooden bridge to L'Echalp. After visting the "7 degrees est" gite d'etapes, we decided to stay there for the night instead of continuing to "refuge la monta". This Gîte d'étape is very cozy and comfortable. The staff is welcoming. The rooms are clean and renovated and the food is delicious. The prices are not higher than other Gites d'etapes but the service is first-class. I highly recommend stopping at this gite before continuing the Tour.
Refuge

Refuge Agnel

Information

Road crossing

Waypoint

Back to trail

Intersection

Straight to col vieux

Waypoint

Trail covered by snow

Photo

Hikers coming to 'Col vieux'

Mountain pass

Col vieux

panorama

Pain de sucre summit seen from col vieux

panorama

Lac Foreant seen from col vieux

Waypoint

Back to uncovered trail

Information

Reserve naturelle des lacs

Lake

Lake Foréant (icy) 2618 m

Information

Infos trail

Waypoint

Going to the right of GR 58 trail to avoid iced descent ( the normal GR58 continues straight)

panorama

Col vieux, lac Foréant and pain de sucre summit

Waterfall

Beautiful waterfalls

panorama

Panorama

panorama

View of lake Egourgéou

Lake

Lake Egorgéou

Information

Info mammouths!

Waypoint

Well-marked trail

panorama

Amazing descent

Information

Info SOS montagne

Waypoint

Trees blocking the way. This winter was too heavy on trees. Snow and strong winds broke lot of trees here.

Waypoint

Forest walk

River

Easy river crossing

Waypoint

Snow crossing

Intersection

Détour to see the cabane (not on trail). You can continue straight on gr58

panorama

Panorama

Shelter

Cabane de Peyroun

Beautiful place. You can take beautiful photos there.
Waypoint

Back to trail

Bridge

Small wooden bridge

Waypoint

Descent on rocky trail

Bridge

Bridge

Intersection

Ravin souches du coulombier

River

Le Guil river

Bridge

Crossing the bridge to l'Echalp

Information

Vallée du Haut Guil info

Waypoint

L'Echalp village 1701 m

fountain

Fountain

fountain

Fountain

Refuge

7 Degrés Est refuge

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