Author’s note: This is a continuation on my series of trekking La Vanoise National Park in the high Alps of France. To see all posts in this series, click here.

After a strenuous morning of hiking, we finally made it to one of the highest points of our week-long trek. I was the first in the group to get to the top and what a sensational view we had. The reward was worth all the sweat and effort. It felt great to be on top of the world!

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.”    — Greg Child

Fourteen-year-old Jonty, the youngest of our group, taking a break on top of the Alps.

Stunning views were all around. It felt like being in a giant postcard. So insanely beautiful and surreal, it took my breath away.

Wow, look at all those peaks!

My favorite hiking partner, my dad and me.

This is one of my favorite shots. I love the dramatic contrast between the mountains and the clouds.

“Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain tops are within reach.” — John Muir

Gentle clouds rolling over the mountain tops.

This man is a park guard hired to watch the men climbing straight up the mountainside across. Another park guard was on the other side and they communicated with each other to make sure the climbers made it safely over the top.

What comes up, must come down. We had a long road ahead to our evenings lodging.

Stay tuned for the long hike down…..


  1. Incredible photos! I’m insanely jealous. Looks so surreal and so… far away. I’d love to be able to see similar views one day. Cheers for posting these pictures for the rest of us to see. 🙂

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