See our video recap of Days 7 and 8 here.
After an uninspiring breakfast, we set out for the day at 8 a.m. Completely bucking stereotypes, the Swiss signage soon proved that it left a lot to be desired. Due to an unclear marker, we continued on a wrong path for approximately 25 minutes. Realizing our mistake, we turned around and were soon on our way to La Fouly. We stopped at the market for snacks and left out again at 9 a.m.
The day’s hike was said to be the easiest of the entire trek. It could roughly be divided into three portions. The first was mostly flat and through forest, and I found it to be dull. We then emerged into and meandered through several small villages. Derek loved all of the gardens, and we made frequent stops for him to admire the range of vegetables. We stopped for a picnic lunch before proceeding on the last portion of the hike – the ascent to Champex. Though through forest again, it was a nice walk. There are several wooden carvings adorning the path, as well as some nice outlooks into the valley below.
We arrived in the lovely lake town of Champex and our destination for the evening, Au Club Alpin, around 2:30 p.m., for a total hiking time of approximately 6 hours and 30 minutes. We reconnected with a hiker we had met at Rifugio Elisabetta and spent the afternoon chatting. He had taken the route clockwise and just finished his trip.
Our accommodations were comfortable. We stayed in the dortoir, which was not full, and while there were only two bathrooms, it wasn’t busy and the facilities were nice. Our dinner was good, though it was the same as we had the night before, except the meat was pork instead of chicken.