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PostSat Oct 26, 2019 11:29 am 
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Hanging bridges are scary! - Day 2.1 of TMB from Houches to Col de Tricot

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On the second day of our Tour de Mont Blanc we hiked from the village of Houches to Col de Tricot.

We started the day at 6.30 am in the wild camping spot that we found yesterday at the ski trail. The surroundings were quiet and river sounds were very lullabying. We ate the food left from yesterday's night just heating it up, wrapped everything up and were good to go.

We had to descend down to the village to collect some drinking water from the source because we knew that the uphill awaits us right from the start.

We saw that there was a cable car taking the people around half of the way up but we obviously didn't need to take and skip any scenic parts.

The plan for the day was to do around 15 kms and get to the next village Contaminas Montjoie. In order to do so we had to go over the big mountain and ascend to 2100 m from initial elevation of 1000m.


The start of the day was cloudy and the mountains were completely covered up.We started to go uphill and went through several small house holdings and sheep pastures and then went out to the ski resorts. There are several of them and we had to go through all of them. The trail was quite steep al the way through. Not too extreme but steep.


The views of the Mont Blanc were absolutely breathtaking. Especially when the sky was clearing up it was very magical. Every time we turned back we saw incredibly high and beautiful mountains. It was hard to believe our eyes.

Then we met the tramway of Mont Blanc that turned out to be an old rack and pinion train that goes through the scenic trail with the great views of Mont Blanc and has an elevation profile from 500 to 2300m which is incredibly high for this type of train in our opinion.

We continued to go uphill and we met a lot of other hikers on the way as well. It was just hard to tell if they were hiking the Tour de Mont Blanc or just doing a day hike.

Then we reached one of the first highest points Hotel de Bellevue and then the trail started to go downhill. And we saw on the map that there was a waterfall going from a glacier and probably a hanging bridge going over it.

Angelina is scared to hell of the hanging bridges for whatever reason, she's not  afraid of the height but these bridges are one of the biggest fears for her. Because she doesn't feel the stable ground under the feet and it is very scary. This particular bridge turned out to be quite a solid one, not very long and it wasnt bouncing too much, so we went through it quite easily. And we even managed to do some photo shots from it.

Then we saw that there is one last uphill of the day of 2 kms to the Col de Tricot of 2100m. We were in quite a good mood of doing it fast but we underestimated the uphill as we had to do around 400m up and it was quite steep. Already a bit tired and hungry we started the ascension to the mountain. The backpacks felt extremely heavy now and anchoring us down. We remembered now that 2 kms can be a lot in such coditions and mountainous relief.

There was quite a bit of snow left and we were deepening down quite a lot. We were almost at the peak when the dark low clouds started to come down at us and we heard the thunder. It was very scary as it was very close to us. So we tried to go faster. But it was hard with the tireness that we had already. We hoped that it will go away soon and it wont rain heavily. So we got over the mountain quickly but soon realized that the clouds are staying abd it getting worse with the fierce wind and rain with thunder. We started coming down hoping that we manage to come down in time but it was too late...

Have you ever passed through the hanging bridge? Are you afraid of them?

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PostSat Oct 26, 2019 4:00 pm 
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I think I crossed this one when I did the JMT on the Pacific Crest Trail 9 years ago. I don't remember being afraid. There's probably a lot of year round work on this trail so maybe more trustworthy here?
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PostSat Oct 26, 2019 4:48 pm 
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I'm enjoying your posts, and taking notes for future trips in Europe. But if you want scary bridges, go to Nepal ...

1986 Dhudh Kosi river bridge
1986 Dhudh Kosi river bridge

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PostSat Oct 26, 2019 9:03 pm 
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I liked the old trolley just W of the Enchanted Valley Chalet.

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PostSun Oct 27, 2019 12:00 pm 
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Oh wow, this place looks incredible! Thanks for sharing!

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PostSun Oct 27, 2019 12:01 pm 
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Thank you, great to know that it's useful to you. Yes, every serious hiker should visit Nepal and we will do it at some point. But this bridge is absolutely insane

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