Chanrion Hut to Vignettes Hut (via Otemma Glacier)

An uphill segment up a glacier of Himalayan proportions

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
10 km
Ascent
871 m
Descent
60 m
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
3.1 km
Gradient
42˚
Chanrion Hut to Vignettes Hut (via Otemma Glacier) Map

This long section up the Glacier d'Otemma is the most famous approach to the Vignettes Hut, but also one of unremitting monotony! It is often recommended as an option that can be achieved in poor weather or bad visibility, but good navigation remains essential. A small committing steepening before the Vignettes Hut has caught a few parties out in unstable conditions after the relative safety of the flat glacier section, be on your guard.

Description

Head south east from the Chanrion Hut following the stream bed past a small hydro plant to access the Glacier d'Otemma (beware of steep ground above). Once established on the glacier the route is obvious taking the centre towards the col de Charmotane. From here swing to the north towards Pt 3160 negotiating a steep slope that requires caution in anything other than stable conditions. Aim for the Col des Vignettes, skating or side stepping along the slope on the north side of the ridge, or doing a short section on foot. Following this and some steps take you up and into the hut.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

March, April

Features

  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Crampons

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