After arriving at our Chamonix apartment at the end of the TMB, succumbing to exhaustion, sleeping, unpacking, wandering around Chamonix and sleeping some more, we woke up on Friday with the plan of hiking to Le Brévent 2525m and on to Lac Brévent at 2125m.
A nice, easy hike along the mountains opposite the Mont Blanc massif.
Having carried a 10kg rucksack for 6 days carrying a 10L hydration pack with nothing but water and a few snacks in it felt very strange. Add the fact we had swapped to hiking boots for trail running shoes and this was fast stuff.
We got the Planpraz cable car up to start the hike. (We didn’t feel like doing the vertical kilometer, in fact, we never actually got around to it during the week either so that’s on the next Chamonix wishlist.) The path up to Le Brévent was so easy without an extra 10kg attached to your back. We found it easy as it wound it’s way up and over the opposite side of the mountains so you could see Servoz and the Réserve Naturelle de Passy. We spotted Mont Buet were we had wild camped last year. Since it’s hidden from the Chamonix valley you don’t see the summit until you’re well on your way up it so it was quite a surprise to see how big it actually is. And to try locating the wild camping spot from a distance.
The path continued and was rocky but easy to walk along. The clouds came along and disappeared again. And there are even some fun ladders towards the summit of Le Brévent to get you up to the top. After the ladder section we turned a corner to see a lot of people sat on the rocks. A lot of people! Getting closer we realised we had stumbled across the CosmoJazz festival that was happening across Chamonix that week. A guitar and a Cello at 2500m, Pedro Soler and Gasper Claus. The most random thing to ever come across on a mountain hike! We stood and watched before heading up to the summit for views across to Mont Blanc.
Unfortunately for us the whole time we were around Brévent the clouds were consistent in never giving us that completely clear view so we headed on down to Lac Brévent which disappears from view quite quickly on the path down to it. It was very calm down by the lake and probably less busy than the ever popular Lac Blanc.
After spending a week on the TMB the hike back up the 400m to Le Brévent felt easy and the altitude didn’t seem to be bothering me either. This was a massive improvement on last year so I think all the cardio before we left for Chamonix really helped. That, and the last 6 days on the TMB!