Have you heard of L‘Alpinus Lodge?
Yes? No? Maybe?
If not then follow me…
Put your hiking shoes on, grab a pair of poles and head off towards Notre Dame de La Gorge. Our hike begins here, at the foot of the Roman road.
Follow in the footsteps of Hannibal and his elephants, along a path between fir trees, peat bogs, torrents and wild raspberry bushes. Shaded and easily accessible the path leads you via Le Cretey, across a natural bridge and a Roman bridge towards Nant Borrant and it’s auberge – L’Alpinus – opposite the snow covered peaks of the Val-Montjoie.
Philippe awaits you on the threshold of this hidden paradise. On arrival, tuck into a traditional Savoyard meal and enjoy his stories of the mountains and his travels.
Access: Park your car at Notre Dame de la Gorge and walk 40 minutes up the Roman road.
On the menu: Fondue, omelettes, polenta, diots saussages and wild boar roasted on the spit.
When to come? In summer and winter.
Booking: Essential in winter and strongly recommended in summer.
Rates: from 15 to 40 euros
Contact: Jean Phillipe Ponchaud on + 33 (0)6 18 70 72 59
The plus factor: winter barbecues! Philippe carries all his supplies up on foot during the winter season.
Text and photographs by Gerald Mattel
My thanks to Philippe for a superb evening and many thanks to the team from the sports shop 4807 for welcoming me to their table.