Day 2 Les Contamines to Les Chapieux
Leaving Les Contamines the path follows the river upstream past the campsite about 30 minutes out of town. Just after Notre Dame de la Gorge the track starts to climb to reach the Chalet de Nant Borrant.
About 10 minutes after the refuge there is a free TMB campsite with composting toilet and water can be obtained from the stream running into the river.
The path continues up the valley to Chalet de la Balme (1706m) where there is another free TMB site. The path then continues to climb to reach the Col du Bonhomme (2329m). Contouring around the hill the Refuge du Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2433m) comes into view. The path heads down steeply at times to the left of the Refuge to reach Les Chapieux. There is a large free campsite and the Auberge de la Nova. There is a small shop selling cheese and bread.
Day 2 Variation Les Contamines to Les Chapieux
Follow the normal route to just before the Refuge du Col de la Croix du Bonhomme take the path on the left to the Col des Fours (2665m) the path now continues on to La Ville des Glaciers bypassing Les Chapieux. The next accommodation option is up the valley at Refuge des Mottes. Note there is no camping close to the refuge.