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Hiking around Arolla

Hello, I'm looking for recommendations for the Arolla area.

It looks like still good weather this weekend and I was hoping to stay in a hut somewhere around Arolla. For example, I found this webpage listing various huts that you can access
http://www.hotel-kurhaus.arolla.com/ete/hiking.php3

I'm looking for any recommendations for a hut to hike to. We aren't planning on taking special glacier equipment although I have done this in the past with more experienced groups. I've seen glacier crossings for hikers that are well marked with poles so I am comfortable reaching a hut with this kind of approach. I'm pretty sure that means cabane des Vignettes is off the list.

If you have any suggestions for hiking and sleeping around Arolla I would greatly appreciate it.

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Re: Hiking around Arolla

Going from Arolla to Cabane des Dix involves crossing the very easy remains of the Glacier de Cheilon. The classic approaches are either over the Col de Riedmatten or the Pas de Chèvres. A far less used approach is via the Col des Ignes. It is marked an alpine trail on the maps, and has white-blue-white markers, but is no more difficult than the average white-red-white trail.

With a car in Arolla you can retrace your steps next day, coming by bus from Sion you might go out by the Grande Dixence dam.

If the weather is good the views from the Cabane des Dix are outstanding!
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Re: Hiking around Arolla

Hiking in that area is amazing.
I have been to the cabane des Vignettes while I was on Haute Route Glacier Trek. The view from there was breathtaking. Although, I was with a guide...

Enjoy!
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Re: Hiking around Arolla

I have described crossing the ridge between the Val des Dix and the Val d'Hérens by all three passes, but yesterday evening was too lazy to provide the links: This summer I again attempted to reach the Col des Ignes from Arolla, and turned around (ran out of gas) at almost exactly the same spot as in 2005: Col des Ignes from Arolla -- An unsuccessful attempt.

I absolutely love the wild feel of the valley of the Glacier des Ignes, with its rockfall (no vegetation) and the remains of the dying glacier!
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In my book an unsuccessful trip is one where you failed to have fun or compromised on safety or failed to learn anything new.

BTW: Nice reports, can easily pass off as adventures of a 30-year old

Keep going strong mate! You are an inspiration.
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Re: Hiking around Arolla

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Hello, I'm looking for recommendations for the Arolla area.

It looks like still good weather this weekend and I was hoping to stay in a hut somewhere around Arolla. For example, I found this webpage listing various huts that you can access
http://www.hotel-kurhaus.arolla.com/ete/hiking.php3

I'm looking for any recommendations for a hut to hike to. We aren't planning on taking special glacier equipment although I have done this in the past with more experienced groups. I've seen glacier crossings for hikers that are well marked with poles so I am comfortable reaching a hut with this kind of approach. I'm pretty sure that means cabane des Vignettes is off the list.

If you have any suggestions for hiking and sleeping around Arolla I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks,
Cereus
For a real adventure consider the refuge des bouquetins http://www.vs-wallis.de/wallis/huetten/bouquetins.html
It does involve approaching on a glacier but it is straightforward to the hut - no roping up or crampons necessary.
As it doesn't have a guardian it can be a quieter night than the more popular huts in that area. We had it to ourselves earlier in the summer on a popular weekend. As there is no warden you have to take your own food but it has everything to cook with (taking a small stove is handy as cooking is via the wood burning stove which can take awhile to get going) and eat off, and blankets. Its very small but in a fantastic position. There isn't a circular route you can do without crampons as the routes from the hut to zermatt for instance do require more problematic glacier travel, but even just going there and back on the same route is pretty special.
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Friends have a great and good value B&B at La Tour, between Evolène and les Haudères, below Arolla, called 'La Grande Peur dans la Montagne'. Great fun and locals, so could advise on best places to go. Patrick and Madeleine are great fun, and speak excellent English.
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Glacier des Ignes ... RIP

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I absolutely love the wild feel of the valley of the Glacier des Ignes, with its rockfall (no vegetation) and the remains of the dying glacier!
The "dying glacier" is now dead ... hiked to the col and no glacier left. The valley is still wild, but with the glacier gone there is much less water ... used to be a big part of the scene.

Today was a spectacular day, cloudless sky, gentle breeze and perfect temperature for hiking.
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