Tag: alps

Hike Montenvers

First, to the Blue Lake From inside the cable car, Lac Bleu looked like a deep, sapphire-blue oval nestled by the side of the snow-white slope. It appeared big, yet close-up, it was tiny, more like a pond.  By itself, it didn’t warant the 15-minute detour from the Plan de […]

Hike Courmayeur

The path to Bertone, is a boring paved road 8am. All was quiet. There’s nobody but us. Mr Croux told us to head to the church in the centre of the town then look for Strada Villair. We were told to walk along Strada Villair. Strada Villair was […]

Hike Mt Houou

After Typhoon Lan, a day of perfect weather   The gamble paid off. A day earlier, we queued for over an hour at the Kanazawa JR ticket office because some shinkansen lines were stalled due to Typhoon Lan. We were skeptical that the weather would really be fine like mountain-forecast.com predicted but […]

Hike Mt Shirouma

  We’d heard there is snow to be seen, even in the throes of summer.  The Daisekkei 大雪渓 beckons, a 3.5 km snow & ice corridor stretching from the belly of the mountain to the summit (with a vertical span of 600m). It is the main reason why many hikers are […]