This walk is part of the trek The Matterhorn Tour.
A high mountain stage which requires hiking boots with crampons to cross the Arolla glacier. You should get an early start for this long stage of the hike.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
We'll be ending this trek constantly heading due south.
Take the large trail (D) heading towards the valley and reaching a large square used for storing hydraulics materiel (1). Then start an uphill climb towards Bertol shelter(2).
Continue on the other side, taking advantage of the handrails alongside the rocks leading to the end of the glacier which is nothing more than a scree nowadays (3).
Then set off on a long walk following the cairns and weather station sign posts. When you get to the trail crossing (4) ignore the left-hand trail leading to Bouquetins shelter, clearly visible. Take a right, passing the moraine and reaching the glacier (5). Put the crampons on now as it's going to get slippery, heading over a relatively easy crossing reaching Collon Pass, highest point of the stage (3069 m) (6).
Keep to this level at the beginning of the descent, walk along the glacier and at the next turn (7), start your long hike downhill. Leave the trail leading to the Nacamulli shelter to the right (8), keep heading south passing two sites called Grand Place (9) and Grand Oren (10) before finding Place à Moulin Lake at Praz Mondzou Desot (11).
Start the final stretch which today ends at Prarayer shelter (13).
"After a delicious evening meal, a fabulous night and an equally exquisite breakfast, the time has come to make your way back to the car park, to do so, refer yourself to the first stage description and ... head in the opposite direction."
D : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 2.51 - alt. km 2.51
2 : km 4.41 - alt. km 4.41
3 : km 6.37 - alt. km 6.37
4 : km 7.95 - alt. km 7.95
5 : km 8.46 - alt. km 8.46
6 : km 9.93 - alt. km 9.93
7 : km 10.31 - alt. km 10.31
8 : km 11.67 - alt. km 11.67
9 : km 13.92 - alt. km 13.92
10 : km 15.38 - alt. km 15.38
11 : km 16.12 - alt. km 16.12
A : km 16.78 - alt. km 16.78
It's the last stage of the hike. Probably the most difficult as it's long and at least an hour is spent on the glacier which isn't easy for those of you not used to working with crampons. However this stage gives you the chance to get close to the mountain and explore the wanders that nature has moulded at these heights.
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Beautiful statue at Collon Pass
Second stage of this hike crossing two passes, Louvie Pass and Prafleuri Pass, both snow-covered.
The next stage to this mountain hike with a stop at Saint-Luc then a transfer by postbus to Zinal.
In the Swiss valley, this particularly pleasant hike allows you to explore the many 4000 m peaks that surround the route.
N.B. this route is outlined on Openmap which doesn't have the details of our fine IGN maps. Before being able to get your hands on a Swiss map, which are more precise, the route and GPS layouts will be handy for this pleasant trek.
An unusual stage today: it starts with a downhill hike before a long climb uphill, a second descent and a ski lift ride followed by a walk over flatland and a bus ride to the lodge.
Warm-up walk to reach the Prarayer refuge along the right bank of the lake.
Undertaken over 10 days, this circuit around the Matterhorn is outstanding. Each day it takes you over the 4000 m peaks of this alpine range. As it is located in 2 countries, Italy and Switzerland, it also brings you into contact with three European languages: Italian, German and also French in Valais in Switzerland.
A long climb to Torrent Pass before reaching Moiry Lake, then Saint-Luc by bus, Tignousa by cable car and finally Bella Tola by foot.
Think about correcting the distance indicated by points (5) et (6) : you need to deduct 10 km.
Stage starting in pasture which quickly heads into the high mountains passing through the Valcornera pass.
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