GR5 – DAY11, to PRALOGNAN

DAY 11, VAL CLARET to PRALOGNAN

Ascent: 1050 m

Descent: 1700 m

Distance: 32 km

Time on trail: 5:30 – 15:00

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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.

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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.

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Refuge de la Leisse (2487m).

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Refuge du Col de la Vanoise (2517m).

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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.

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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.

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