/ mont blanc
Could I go up on the parion lift and then walk over to the nearest tramway station ? Any suggestions would be much appreciated
Yes, use the bubble lift and walk down to the next station, takes about 10 minutes ( Its a real uphill slog on the way back though!)
That was the other option I was thinking about doing,I just wanted to put a post on here to see what options I had. This may all come down to a flip of a coin I think
Did it a few weeks ago, and I agree, the slog back up to Prarion is hellish, especially in the heat of the afternoon.
I did think of driving around to St. Gervais, but it's a long way compared to Les Houches. I have got on the tram no problem in the mornings, but have had a game getting a reservation for the descent. This year we had to wait, but it was only 90 mins. Mind, I wouldn't have wanted to be one of the tourists on a day trip, crammed in with us stinking climbers.
I think the Les Houches, Prarion, TMB. is going to be my choice in September.
Looking at the timetables, including a bus from Cham. it appears possible to get the early bubble and meet the first tram up at Col De Voza, though the timings may be tight. Is the 10 minute walk down to the CDV. a stroll or rushing to meet the tram also how long does the Prarion lift take bottom to top?
First train from Le Fayet is at 7.20am. You can't arrive the day before and buy tickets for the next day. We arrived at ~6.50am, got tickets and breakfast from the café across the road, which made for a sociable start to the day. The train arrives around 8.30am so plenty of time to cross the great couloir (if your heading to the Gouter or a bivi spot up there) before it is in the sun for too long, hence starting to release rocks, debris etc. Last tram down is between 6.30pm and 7pm, I forget the exact time. Its a ~3hr walk to less houches if you happen to miss it!
I've done the walk from Prarion to CDV and the opposite way a couple of times this week, and if you can get from Prarion to CD Voza in 10mins then you'll be running like Fcuk all the way down!!
Prarion bottom to top, about 8mins.
Yes, I reckon 15-20 mins is more like it for the walk down.
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