Guidebook

Learn the Alpine Game : Easy Summits Above Arolla

3 low grade alpine climbing adventures in one of the most serene valleys in Switzerland!

Description

Despite the huge number of gorgeous mountains in the Alps, there are few valleys which offer a high altitude town and relatively low altitude summits - the 3 most famous centres of Chamonix, Zermatt and Grindelwald all sit relatively low down and yet the peaks which tower above them are truly enormous. Arolla, on the other hand, is a high altitude town sitting at 2000 metres surrounded by relatively modest summits of around 3500 metres.

The combination of high village and low mountains make Arolla an ideal place to head if you like a purer mountain experience, devoid of the queues and cable cars which characterise many famous alpine towns. The fact that Arolla isn't home to any of the famous Alpine 4000ers also helps to keep it quiet - this is a destination for connoisseurs rather than summit collectors!

The 3 adventures here are all multi day affairs, so we've described the approaches to the relevant huts, and the summit days themselves. None of the routes involve any truly technical ground but all involve glacier travel and as a result they make ideal places from which to start your alpine apprenticeship.

With your apprenticeship served and some acclimatisation in the bag, check out our guidebook to some of the finest low grade adventures on the Swiss 4000ers -

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/11875/huge-peaks-and-epic-views-:-easy-swiss-alpine-climbs

Approach to the Aiguilles Rouges Hut
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Approach to the Aiguilles Rouges Hut

1 - 2 hrs
5.9 km
750 m
16 m
A lovely walk up a well marked trail, strenuous in its first half
Difficult
Private
Pointe de la Vouasson, SE Flank
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Pointe de la Vouasson, SE Flank

7.3 km
670 m
An ideal introductory mountaineering peak, with minimal difficulty
Easy
Private
Approach to the Bertol Hut
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Approach to the Bertol Hut

7.9 km
1,313 m
A long and scenic walk up to an impressively positioned hut
Easy
Private
Tête Blanche NW Flank
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tête Blanche NW Flank

9.6 km
601 m
A straightforward high altitude glacial journey, with incredible views
Easy
Private
Approach to the Dix Hut
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Approach to the Dix Hut

7.6 km
1,038 m
A lovely mountain walk initially to a col, followed by a steep descent down ladders, then across a glacier
Easy
Private
Traverse of the Pigne d'Arolla
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Traverse of the Pigne d'Arolla

13.1 km
991 m
A long and beautiful day over a famous peak.
Moderate
Private