This is a lovely two night three day hut tour (Pantalon Blanc - not catered but worth it for the views with sunset over Mont Blanc) down to Cabane Dix, a classic before a final day around the Pigne d'Arolla and down to Arolla.

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Description

This is a lovely two night three day hut tour (Pantalon Blanc - not catered but worth it for the views with sunset over Mont Blanc) down to Cabane Dix, a classic before a final day around the Pigne d'Arolla and down to Arolla.

DAY 1: Mont Fort - Pantalons Blancs Tom’s notes: The first hut is an unmanned igloo that sleeps 12.

​You all sleep in a circle round a fire.

Normally gas/wood is ​provided, you just have to pay your nightly fee - via TWINT or ​bank transfer - the details are on the hut website: ​https://www.sac-cas.ch/fr/cabanes-et-courses/portail-des-​courses-du-cas/refuge-igloo-des-pantalons-blancs-​2147000199/.

It is worth reserving online in case of any double ​bookings.

The hut is right up on the ridge and the sun sets directly behind Mont Blanc which is epic.

This route is harder than the ​others with more distance and elevation.

What you will need: Cravass rescue equipment.

Food for this first night as it is not catered.

Maybe a beer to celebrate ​making it to the hut! Sleeping bags required.

DAY 2: Pantalons Blancs - Cabane des Dix Tom’s notes: Expect long glacier descents with cruisy skiing and beautiful scenery down to Lac des Dix.

You go past the hut ​and tour up Col de Cheilon before skiing back down.

TIP: leave your extra gear at the hut before this to make the ascent ​easier.The hut is a really famous refuge between Zermatt and Verbier on the Haute Route.

What you will need: It is a catered hut so you just need a sheet sleeping bag.

DAY 3: Cabane des Dix - Arolla Tom’s notes: You tour up a huge ice formation called Serpentine then round the back of the Pigne d’Arolla.

The route takes ​you past the vignette hut where you can stop for coffee.

This is another famous hut with 120 beds up at 3157m! Then you ​enjoy a beautiful long descent down to Arolla on a big open glacier.

What you will need: You’ve made it so just a beer to celebrate! For booking information and availability Pantalon Blanc: https://www.sac-cas.ch/de/huetten-und-touren/sac-tourenportal/refuge-igloo-des-pantalons-blancs-2147000199/ For booking information and availability for Cabane des Dix: https://www.cabanedesdix.com/ As always, if you are not experienced we recommend hiring a guide: https://guideverbier.com/ And if you have any questions about the route or gear you would need do not hesitate to come in to Mountain Air to talk to Tom - the specialist!