Haute Route Imperiale: Blanc de Moming to Mountet Hut

Le Mammouth

Day 4: Traverse of Blanc de Moming then to the Mountet Hut

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
11 km
Ascent
1.2 km
Descent
1.1 km
Duration
5-6 hrs
Low Point
2.8 km
High Point
3.7 km
Gradient
30˚
Haute Route Imperiale: Blanc de Moming to Mountet Hut Map

For many this is the highlight of the week. You skin up in the shadow of the mighty Weisshorn to the Blanc de Moming, then traverse the Arete du Blanc before a final spring ski descent to the hut. In the event of bad weather it can be avoided by descending to the valley floor, then skinning up to the Mountet Hut.

Description

From the hut take a gentle descending traverse L aiming for the small traverse beneath, then onto, the glacier, beyond the ice cliffs that you briefly pass beneath. This is at about 2700m and allows you to access the far side of the glacier beneath the peak of Besso. Continue up here to about 3200m where you traverse E on the Glacier de Moming Plateau, before heading back SW at about 3300m, to gain a col a short way before a final skin to the summit of Blanc de Moming at 3657m. Retrace your tracks to the col then follow the impressively sharp Arete du Blanc, which undulates until the Arete meets the shoulder of the Glacier du Mountet. From here descend the R side of the glacier until you can cross the lateral moraine and drop down to the Mountet Hut at 2886m.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

Extreme Exposure (E4)

4 out of 4

In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.

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, May

Features

  • Alpine
  • Single Descent
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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