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Guided climbing in Pigne d’Arolla

Join an IFMGA mountain guide for a 5-day climbing trip around Pigne d'Arolla, enjoying some impressive views of Mont Blanc and Matterhorn.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration5 days
Offer periodJul
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

This is an amazing program that combines climbing in Pigne d’Arolla and its surroundings, with some wonderful views of two iconic mountains of the Alps: Mont Blanc and Matterhorn. 

Pigne d’Arolla is a Swiss 3790 m peak, laying in the Arolla Valley.  In this 5-day trip we’ll make some via ferrata around this famous valley, as well a challenging via cordata called Nendaz-Mont Fort.

We’ll also climb Rosablanche, a 3336 m peak, from where we’ll get a beautiful view of the mountains of Valais. This day we’ll also enjoy glacier trekking.

Finally, we’ll reach the summit of Pigne D’Arolla, climbing through an impressive snow terrain with many crevasses.

During the night, we’ll stay in cozy mountain huts, like the rustic Kurhaus and Cabane des Dix.

For further details, you can find a complete itinerary below this description.

This trip in the Arolla Valley is ideal for those looking for a technically easy climbing experience. In fact, it doesn’t require previous experience, although you should have a good physical condition.

Please contact me if you want to be a part of this adventure! I will be glad to show you some amazing spots in the Alps!

Accommodation

Mountain huts.

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Personal climbing equipment can be rented.

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Itinerary

Day 0: Sion

Transfer from Belgium or elsewhere in Valais.

We appreciate the completely renewed and luxurious hostel for Sion. (You can stay there if you want to).

Then we’ll do an evening visit to Sion and afterwards we leave the area for our first trip.

Day 1: Refuge de St-Laurent

In the beginning of the season we opt for the Via Ferrata of Nax. We climb there and have a picnic with a view over the Rhone Valley.

If the cable car of Siviez is open, we take it to the Col des Gentianes. We cross the Tortingletsjer and set foot on the rocks: here is the start of our via cordata.

Through technically simple rock passages we go across the Tête de Tortin (3191 m). Then, we continue downward to the Mont Fort glacier and refuge de St-Laurent (2485 m), where we overnight.

Day 2: Kurhaus

Today we climb the Rosablanche (3336 m). We follow a mix of rocky terrain and the Grand Desert glacier to the summit, from which we get an incredible overall view of the impressive Valais mountain chain: from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn.

After the descent we continue to Arolla. We’ll stay in the rustic Kurhaus, where we can remember our ascent and start looking forward to the next day’s schedule. (+ 980 m / -1600 m)

Day 3: Cabane Des Dix

Today we ascend to the famous Cabane des Dix (2928 m) but first we have to overcome the hurdle of Pas de Chèvre (2855 m).

Overnight in the cabane des Dix. (+ 1000 m / -1000 m)

Day 4: Pigne d'Arolla / Cabane des Vignettes

The famous Pigne d’Arolla (3796 m) is the next challenge in this alpine week.

We’ll climb through an impressive snow terrain with a lot of crevasses. Then, we’ll descend to the Cabane des Vignettes that rises above the steep mountain slopes like an eagle nest.

Day 5: Kurhaus / Return

Tonight our base camp will be the “Grand Hotel Kurhaus“, with good food, cold beer and a soothing shower.

Afterwards, we’ll take a look at the Col de l’Eveque and then reach the valley along the Arolla Glacier (+ 450 m / -1300 m).


About the guide

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Namaste Mountainguides is a group of 6 motivated mountain lovers, mostly working in the European Alps. They all have the IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide qualification and some of them are also high qualified ski instructors.

Our happiness and philosophy is
- to guide you in the safest way and in the best circumstances
- to explore the mountains together with you
- to share our passion

25 years of experience.
25 years of satisfied clients.
25 years of safe quality programs.
Together, we will make your mountain dreams come true.

We offer unique experiences for mountain lovers,
high level training courses for motivated mountaineers
and custom weeks for families.

We have an EVEREST for EVERYBODY.

Jan, Jérôme, Robert, Lars and Lut.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 2310 each

Group of 2

EUR 1155 each

Group of 3

EUR 802 each

Group of 4

EUR 751 each

Group of 5

EUR 714 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee


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