Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Walkers Haute Route Trek July 2011

Walkers Haute Route trek July 2011- Day 4 to Day 6

Col du Torrent, dir Zinalrothorn
Les Hauderes
Above La Sage
Day 4- 14th July, Cabane du Prafleuri to Arolla: A cold and moody start with low cloud and missal as we ascended the Col du Roux 2804 meters, no fabulous views today of Lac Dix from the col although the weather was set to improve as the day went along. Once we had descended to the lake we enjoyed a 3 kilometres of easy walking as we contoured the shore. Unfortunately easy walking doesn’t last long on the Haute Route as we
made our way steeply (very steeply at times) up to the Col du Reitmann 2919 metres. Still no views to be had for the majority of the day which was disappointing for the team as views are stunning all day long given the right kind of weather.

Col du Torrent, dir Dent Blanche
Col du Torrent, dir Mont Blanc
Day 5- 15th July, Arolla to Les Hauderes: We normally class this day as our day off with an easy descent to Les Hauderes, with 2 hours easy walking maximum… or so we thought, when a topless youth who guarded the path below Guineele told us that the path was closed for maintenance and we had to ascend back to the road and walk to Les Hauderes through avalanche tunnels via the main road, not the best of routes!! Nonetheless although this set us back time wise we still managed a free afternoon.

Lac Moiry 

Day 6- 16th July, Les Hauderes to Grimentz:  A long, long day ahead as we climbed up out of the valley bottom from Les Hauderes a 1600 metre ascent to the Co du Torrent 2916 metres. Fabulous weather gave us great views all the way to the col, we looked back towards Arolla and beyond finally getting to see some of the peaks and glaciers we missed on day 4, Mont Colon, Pigne d’Arolla and Dent Blanche truly stunning. Once we reached the col we enjoyed fabulous 360° views with the Weisshorn to the east, Zinalrothorn to the south east and Mont Blanc to the west. An easy descent took us down to the barrage du Moiry and following the river we reached our destination, Grimentz.

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