After moving from Guillestre to l'Argentière-la-Bessée yesterday for a fantastic afternoon visiting a local, artisan bee-keeper, we had decided to stay the night in l'Argentière-la-Bessée and get our hiking boots on the next morning. Using a trail map for the area that we'd picked up the night before we chose a route somewhat at random, heading straight out of the town towards the nearby summit of Les Tetes at 2044m (around 1000m of climbing). We estimated this would take us around 4-5 hours, just right considering a slightly uncertain afternoon weather forecast. However, what we didn't know was that we were about to enjoy such an unexpectedly wonderful day of hiking, with countless amazing views of high mountains, glaciers and valleys all beneath a blue, sunny sky with just a few clouds on only the very highest peaks.
Settling down for a quick snack followed by a doze in the warm sun as wispy clouds drifted overhead we reflected on the fact that having set off with very little idea what to expect we really couldn't believe our luck.
After a while at the top we began to head down once more, taking a different route northwards this time to pass the Lac des Charbonnieres before joining a dirt track eastwards that sloped gently downwards until we picked up a steeper trail that ran southwards back towards our starting point.
Arriving back at the Centre Ville after around 6 hours on the trail, including all of the stops and walnut collection, we felt tired but very satisfied and fortunate to have discovered such an amazing route right from our back door.