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Now, let’s not mention the fact that the underground tunnel is blocked with a gate and a big lock, the part about the deadly falls is not too nice!
The lost path 14, finally everything makes more sense!
Once we are back on the path again, with already some 500 meters heightdrop walked upward and downward and the sun already on its way down to sunset, we begin the path, this time the right one and we already know we will get to the hut in the total darkness. We begin to walk and soon our legs are tired – running down the path is hard almost like anything else! – but little by little, step by step, we arrive at the Praz de Dieu Alp, with the ruined old mountain pastures.
It’s pretty dark by now, but we know only the last little torture is missing: the last, steep, snowy rock wall. With our frontal lights on, we get prepared for an half hour of walk uphill on the snow, following Trekking-Alps tracks – at least we know it’s the right trail.
Cozy, wide and well mainteined: it is the Chentre-Bionaz Hut, a little gem in Valpelline
The dutch flag – yep, it has been built by a dutch foundation – waving in the wind on the ridge finally signal the end of this really long day: we are arrived at the Chentre-Bionaz Hut, against all the odds we reach our goal. The evening is short, just a little while to eat a hot soup and enjoy the amazing night landscape of the lighted valley, then we go straight to bed, with a view over the valley from our pillow. direttamente sulla valle.
From the terrace of the Chentre-Bionaz Hut, at night, lights in Valpelline signal civilization
Rested, but still worn out by yesterday’s effort, we wake up after many hours of sleep. We discover bad grey clouds are arriving from Switzerland. This does not prevent us to enjoy the landscape directly from our sleeping bags, from the upstairs beds.
A wake up call with an amazing view, the Chentre-Bionaz Hut is stunning
Relaxed and taking it easy, after yesterday’s running, we enjoy a warm breakfast while outside the weather doesn’t want to improve. Since it not a nice day and our legs are totally not 100% ready, we decide better to have a nice, panoramic walk down, enjoying the landscape we haven’t seen yesterday due to the darkness. We will get to the peak another time.
With the light, we discover yesterday’s last climb was really steep and going down today, with the ice, is pretty hard
We take our time, making extreme attention to the ice along the rock wall. Then we stop every time we glimpse something interesting. Tranquillity is reigning in Valpelline and we let this sensation to nurture us.
The path is signaled with unmistakable arrows, it it was not for that misleading junction…
The landscape is just amazing: going downhill is like passing through the seasons. On the top, the winter is arrived, with a nice coat of snow to cover everything, then autumn, with its stunning golden and red trees and, last but not least, in the valley, the last traces of summer on some green, full of life trees.
Nature show, in Valpelline, searching for Chentre-Bionaz Hut, will stick in our minds all along the winter.
Stunning landscapes in Valpelline: colours, sound and scents of Nature
Some hours and a short visit to an iced lake after, we are back in the valley, tired but really, really satisfied of the day. Watching the woods, we also discovered that if we have climbed the little wood, yesterday, we would have exit some hundreds meters from the path, already after the really tough part. Next time we will look better at our maps and we will not forget the GPS track, that is for sure.
Bye Valpelline, we will come soon, be sure about that!
Once we are back at the car, we decide to have a short tour some kilometers further, at Lac de Places de Moulin, a big dam at the beginning of the valley, which has a really long history. The real wonder, actually, is not only the dam and the turquoise lake, but the fott of Tza de Tzan glacier almost bathing in it.
Back from Canada, we were pretty sad, thinking we will not have other possibilities of watching glaciers just meters from us and lake with stunning colours. Well, you should have seen our faces back there, after discovering this place. You would have discovered how our sadness it totally, absolutely gone and forgotten!
The Places de Moulin dam and the amazing colour of its waters
What to say anymore, see you soon Valpelline, we will not forget you, that’s sure!