Saturday, September 27, 2008

Aiguilles Rouges Trail

Tomorrow the Chamonix Valley will host a new edition of the Aiguilles Rouges Trail, one of the most beautiful trails in all Europe: five lakes to admire, four Cols to pass and one all valley to run facing the Mont Blanc. Participants must deal a course of 54 kilometres and 3600 metres of elevation gain.
From Les Houches (1000 m) runners must go up to la Flatière (1400 m), then go downhill through le Hameau de Montvauthier to the village of Servoz (758 m). From this point they will go up through Passy’s Natural Reserve up to the chalets and Pormenaz Lake (1945 m). A little bit further the first food and drink supply at the chalets of Moëde d’Anterne (1996 m) before going back down to the Arlevé Bridge (1587 m). Paricipants will then go back up to the Brévent Pass. At the top of Brévent (2525 m, first food and drink supply) you could admire a breathtaking scenery. You run in full view of the Mont-Blanc, the Aiguille du Midi, The Drus, La Verte completing no ordinary Trail but a panoramic version.
Flirting with the Natural Reserve of Carlaveyron overlooking Les Houches you will go down to the Refuge of Bellachat (2136 m) then you will go downhill in zigzags towards Chamonix. Then runners must deal with the ascent to Planpraz (2000 m) where the second food and drink supply stop is located. You will continue your ascent to the Lac Cornu Pass (alt 2414 m) and then you will join up the Glière pass (2352 m). Further away you will get to the third food and drink supply stop at the foot of the Index. Take your time to enjoy a magnificient uninterrupted view of the Mer de Glace, with Les Grandes Jorasses at the background. A path will take you to the Lac Blanc (2352 m). At this moment you will be in the heart of the Natural Reserve of Les Aiguilles Rouges. You will be starting the final descent towards the Cheserys’s Lake, to the finishing line at Chamonix (1055 m).