Pigne d'Arolla (3790m)
High on the Traverse of the Pigne D'Arolla, Val d'Herens, Swiss Valais Alps
With the East Ridge of Mont Blanc de Cheilon Beyond
The Lovely Approach Walk From Arolla in the Upper Val d'Herens
With the North Face of the Pigne d'Arolla dominating the southern skyline
An Expedition Atmosphere is Created by the Huge Glacier Amphitheater & North Faces Above
This gives a rough but enjoyable 'classic' Swiss Alpine hut walk in from Arolla at C 2000m to the Hut at C. 2800m
The Dix Hut (2928m). Magnificently Situated Beneath Mt Blanc de Cheilon North Face
A great base for intro alpine mountaineering routes and, harder, the classic traverse of Mt Blanc de Cheilon (AD)
Just After Dawn Early on the Ascent of the Pigne d'Arolla
The pleasant easy 'La Luette' (2548m) beyond
The Descent of the Pigne d'Arolla East Ridge, Via the Vignettes Hut
With the Matterhorn & Dent d'Herens centre left and L'Eveque on the right. A magnificent alpine panorama.
The Vignettes Hut (3160m) With the Dent Blanche Beyond
The Pigne can be climbed via the Dix or the Vignettes Huts. The Vignettes is higher, the summit is easier and the snow remains better for longer on the North & West facing descent towards the Dix. However this is a long descent and many teams make the traverse via the Dix to give a grand 2 day high alpine journey.