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Stage 7

from Refuge Albert Premier (2701 m, F) to Refuge de La Flégère (1877 m, F)

Uphill difference of level / in height: 1000 m
Downhill difference of level / in height: 1350 m
Refuges on the way: you go through the villages of Le Tour (1453 m) and Tré-le-Champ (1417 m), Refuge du Lac Blanc (2352 m)

Average duration of the stage: 7 h

The stage is extremely long and fatiguing. The descent from Albert Premier to Le Tour (more or less 1300 meters of difference of level) is really : knackering and in some spot the path is so steep that we have to help ourselves with the hands. Only Matteo and I descend on foot, whereas the others take the chair-lift and we meet each other after three hours at Le Tour.

We turn our step towards Montroc, walking along an asphalt road. Here starts the unending ascent to the beautiful Lac Blanc (2352 m). The paths that lead to the lake and to the homonymous refuge are many: the one we go along is very nice, but has many stretches equipped with metal ladder, sometimes very exposed (be careful!!). Moreover, on the path there's no water at all and we arrive at the Lac Blanc completely dehydrated; therefore I strongly recommend you to provide yourself with water at the fountain at Tre le Champ (a little bit further over Montroc).

The Lac Blanc is very beautiful indeed: we rest there a bit and make a refreshing foot-bath in the water of the lake. Eventually we go to the refuge La Flégère, about one hour walking distance from the lake. Although the lady who runs the refuge is not at all kind, the place is very nice and looks more like a hotel than an alpine refuge; the dinner is adequate to the "luxury" aspect of the place.

Matteo on a "passage delicat" of the descent from the Albert Premier to Tour Nicola on a "passage delicat" of the descent from the Albert Premier to Tour
Matteo on one of the many metal ladders on the path to the Lac Blanc All of us on the shore of the Lac Blanc
A brief break before reaching the Lac Blanc Fabio in front of one of the little lakes of Cherserys