DAY 11, VAL CLARET to PRALOGNAN
Ascent: 1050 m
Descent: 1700 m
Distance: 32 km
Time on trail: 5:30 – 15:00
At first it was hard to leave the comfort of the hotel behind, but as soon as I reached the edge of the resort it felt good to be on the move again. Exciting day ahead as I was getting deeper into the heart of Vanoise National Park.
In thick snow I didn’t notice when passing the broad Col de la Leisse (2758m). Climbing was hard and I felt the air was slightly thinner at this altitude.
Refuge de la Leisse (2487m).
Refuge du Col de la Vanoise (2517m).
On the way down to Pralognan the trail went straight through a shallow lake. I was in a hurry as the sky turned quickly ominous.
As soon as I reached the campsite, a thunder cell hit the area shaking the surrounding mountains. I felt great after a long but succesful day.