Join an IFMGA mountain guide for a 5-day climbing trip around Pigne d'Arolla, enjoying some impressive views of Mont Blanc and Matterhorn.
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!
Personal climbing equipment can be rented.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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).
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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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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Professional guide who carefully assessed our climbing and fitness abilities to get to the top unfortunately we came down a bit too fast and I fell and broke my big toe and was unable to attempt the Mont Blanc climb which was very disappointing because I felt ready to try. We felt challenged but relatively safe all of the time, the fall was an unfortunate mistake. Jan offered us additional training between the climbs to improve our chances on Mont Blanc which we really appreciated but were unable to take advantage of. We would climb with him again.
My first experience with alpinism but 100% worth it. Because of bad weather we couldn’t ascend the Mont Blanc but the backup program saved the trip. Learned a lot and seen mighty things. Overall, enjoyed a lot, a week we will never forget.
We had a marvellous week, it matched our expectations and we had souvenirs which will never fade away. The flexibility from our program because of the bad weather, was great, each time we had a discussion about what we could do and couldn’t. Reaching the top was always the goal. Also the fact I did this with my daughter gave it an extra dimension. We enjoyed every step because we were in good shape. Everybody insisted on this, but at the end, it turned out to be an advantage.
I had a very good time and it has been a fantastic week to fulfill my dream of Mont Blanc, with extra reward of the experience of climbing Gran Paradiso, both mountains are amazing and we are blessed by very good weather. And thanks to Jan and my guide, they are always there to encourage me during the hardest moment, without them I can\'t do this.
Extraordinary experience to stand on the top of Europe. Emotionality because of the beauty and natural ferocity going into your body creates definitely a unique fuddle. Afterwards I had regrets I could not stay longer on the top, especially because the weather was clear and mild. Grandiose!
Top trip !!! Stunning views from the top of Europe. Enjoyable guides with enough experience. Having some luck with the weather, you really have to do it. It’s enough to have a good physical condition and some perseverance. Fun to do but it’s suffering and pretty expensive.
We had all ingredients for a marvellous holiday. The good weather, together with the professional support of our guides, the sublime Alps and the Top of Mont-Blanc, made it an unforgettable experience.
Great. Gran Paradiso was a good preparation and off course a nice experience. The one day ice course was fun and very useful. Because of bad weather, I also would recommend this program, which existed of 3 chances the reach the summit. If we had chosen another program, we probably couldn’t reach summit. Now we did it in blue sky conditions! It’s the flexibility (3 summit chances 2 by 2) of the program which I liked the most. It’s an incredible experience and will always have a special place in my memories. It’s a super feeling to stand on the top of Europe. I really recommend the program (Gran Paradiso + Mont Blanc); not relying on other people and having a maximum chance to get to the top. (With a good condition off course). I had to sacrifice a lot, but it’s worth it.
By following this program, we realised the grandeur of the mountains and the awe that we need to have for this environment. The practical tips our guide gave us where very helpful, also for our upcoming adventures.