From the Leisse mountain refuge to the Femma mountain refuge
Day 5: Alone in the world
When we wake up, it's raining hard and the temperatures are cool. Only 5°C in the dormitory. But by the time we have breakfast, the rain has stopped and the clouds are already starting to lift. We are definitely riding our luck when it comes to the weather!
For the temperature, the ascent to the Col de la Leisse is enough to warm us up. The path passes below the Grande-Motte glacier, through some small lakes, some of which are dry. At the top, the peaks are dusted with the snow of the night.
Once we get over the pass, we are heading towards the Col de Fresse, at the top of the slopes of the Tignes resort. Crossing the ski area, which cannot be avoided, is clearly not the most beautiful part of this trek. The mountain has been disfigured by the ski slopes and, even more so, by the MTB slopes. Fortunately, we soon get to the national park.
We reach the Col du Roup and then we cross a kind of alpine plateau,interspersed with many small mountain streams that we have to cross on foot. After leaving the mountain refuge, we don't see a single soul. The unspoilt scenery that surrounds us only serves to increase the sense of being completely alone in the world. We feel small and insignificant, and we can only open wide our eyes and take it all in.
Then, we climb to the Col de la Rocheure, at 2911 m, the highest point of the trek. The climb is gentle to begin with, before the particularly technical near-vertical wall on slippery scree, while carrying a backpack. But once at the top, the view is breathtaking. We enjoy the moment. Finally, we go back down the Rocheure Valley towards the Femma mountain refuge. We are accompanied by scores of marmots, that aren't scared in the slightest, it's bizarre.
We enjoy the sunset, followed by a meal in the mountain refuge, before setting up our bivouac under a starry sky, for once.