|Near Lac Nire looking west|
The path weaves its way up the valley initially on an easy path with the occasional rock section, past lac Nice where there are some huge boulders.
|Lookin west from Baisse du Basto|
We scrambled higher on the SW side onto a couple of rocky peaks that had a shelter or look-out post. From the top we had our first glimpse of the Mediterranean coast.
|Rocky tops SE of Baisse du Basto|
The final descent to the south of Lac du Basto was a little rougher, crossing large boulders, making our progress slow. Once in the Valmasque valley we headed north on an easy broad path, past 3 lakes (Basto, Noir and Vert) that are infact resorvoirs.
|Le Lac Verte with Refuge Valmasque at the far end.|
The refuge is located on a rock at the eastern end of Lac de Verte. There are two optional variations for the approach to the refuge.
The longer one drops to 2205m into the valley below the refuge and is on a track.
The alternative, shown as a red dotted route on the map, crosses a large glacially smoothed rock. It does not cause any real problems and most people trekking the Alps will have no difficulty with this option if you cannot face dropping down then back up at the end of the day.
We sat on the wooden veranda drinking juice, tea and eating tart enjoying the late afternoon sun.
After our meal we were entertained to some communal singing lead by a ladies choir that were on a walking weekend. They sang mostly British songs from the Beetles etc. so we could join in.
|Le lac Verte from Refuge Valmasque|