Day 8 Champex to Trient
Heading up out of town past the campsite the route passes under the chair lift and heads through woods along the side of a stream supplying water to the town. You will shortly reach the Relais d'Arpette which has accommodation and camping. The path now heads up, gently at first but becoming steeper and rougher to eventually become a boulder scramble to reach the Fernetra d' Arpetta (2665m).
Although considerably harder than the variant the views on this section make up for the extra effort. It should be noted that this pass can have snow all year and navigation especially in poor visibility through the boulder field can be difficult especially in poor visibility.
The path then descends steeply at first beside the Glacier du Trient before levelling off as it heads down the valley to reach the Chalet du Glacier which serves refreshments. Take the path that crosses the river and follow the road down to Le Peuty
For accommodation there is a basic camping area with a toilet and a basic refuge at Le Peuty. Make yourself comfortable and someone will come along in the evening to collect payment. There are other accommodation options in Trient itself which is a bit further down the valley.
Day 8 Variant Champex to Trient
Follow the main road out of town past the camp site and the chair lift continuing along to reach Champex d'en Bas, then head left on to a track which then turns into a path, after a gentle start it climbs to reach an altitude of 2049m before starting a gentle ascent to the Col de Forclaz.
You can either stay here at the Refuge Hotel de la Forcaz, the Camping Aprille or continue on down to Le Peuty and Trient.