I'm planning our early-July itinerary for the Italian-French Alps ~10 day hike, and having trouble filling some gaps.
I think I need to get from Rifugio del Laus to Rifugio Soria-Elena in the best way (best landscapes, staying in decent rifugios along the way). I have 3-4 days to do it.
I would like to avoid Isola 2000 as I think we won't like it.
The reason I think it is possible, is because the following link mentions a way to avoid Isola 2000 by "staying in Italian refuges in beautiful settings that add a day of walking":
Just FYI overall our itinerary looks like this so far:
d1 - arrive Nice 14:50, bus to St-Etienne-de-Tinnee
d2 - St Etienne de Tinnee to Refuge de Vens (possibly using bus/taxi for the start)
d3 - Refuge de Vens - Chemin de Energie - Refuge de Rabuons
d4 - Refuge de Rabuons - Pas de Colle Longue - Rifugio de Laus
d5 - Rifugio de Laus - Santa Anna (?)
d6 - ???
d7 - ???
d8 - ??? - Rifugio Soria Elena (?)
d9 - Rifugio Soria Elena - Col de Fenestre - Refuge la Madone de Fenestre
d10 - Refuge la Madone de Fenestre - Mont Clapier (???) - Refuge de Nice
d11 - Refuge de Nice - Valee des Merveilles - Refuge des Merveilles
d12 - Refuge des Merveilles - walk out to Casterino or similar - bus/taxi/walk to St Dalmas de Tende - train to Nice - flight out of Nice at 19:55
If I can save, say, day d7 by getting from de Laus to Soria Elena in 3 days) it would allow to do a rest day somewhere in the middle / at the end and would be even better.
We are not in a terribly great shape, but are training for it and did the GR55 from Modane to Bourg St Maurice 2 years ago without much trouble. ~6 hours of walking on average should be fine, 8 hours is OK on some days as long as others are a bit lighter. My gf isn't very fond of heights so avoiding dangerous portions would be good.
Advice will be much appreciated.