Photos from trips: The Chamonix valley in early Autumn, September 2007
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Immediately after our 2007 season, Simon walked some routes in the Chamonix valley. These added to our Tour du Mont Blanc options, and gave us ideas for daywalks based in Chamonix, Argentiere and Les Houches. The week saw mixed weather, typical of early Autumn in the Alps: unpredictable! First were some wet and cool days with low cloud and fresh snow, then later came bright and sharp days.
A barn stands above Les Houches, on day one of the Tour du Mont Blanc.
The high street of Les Houches, definitely post-season...
... and some damp rooftops in Chamonix itself.
One of our Chamonix valley walks is a circuit of paths at Vallorcine, a village near the Swiss border.
Back in the main Chamonix valley, we descend to the colourful cafe, Floria.
These tracks near La Flegere are ski pistes in winter, part of the linked Brevent-Flegere area.
Here is the Refuge de la Flegere, a penultimate stop on the TMB.
The Aiguille Verte and the Drus poke above the cloud, from the traverse path to Plan Praz...
.. and along the path.
Fresh late-September snow is in evidence on the Aiguille Verte.
Here too, on the Aiguille du Midi (cable car) there is fresh snow.
Back on the TMB route, here are Chalets de Miage and Col de Tricot above.. an alternative route on day one of our TMB.
Snow patches and the route of the Mont Blanc tramway across Mont Lachat.
The Glacier du Bionnassay is a jumble of shapes...
... flowing out of which is the Torrent de Bionnassay and the seasonal suspension bridge.
Back above Les Houches we enjoy the crisp light.
Smoke in the valley floor.
This is one of our favourite Chamonix photos, Autumn showing in the trees, a classic barn roof, and the Aiguille du Midi beyond.
In descent to Les Houches, a quiet corner of the road and a house with red painted shutters.
The new (old) bottom station of the Bellevue lift, popular with Mont Blanc climbers and an option to miss the first ascent of the TMB. In season the car park is full!
Please join us in Chamonix on the TMB; our seasons finish earlier in the year than these photos were taken, but please ask us about the best time to travel.
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