Travel Journal

A snowy weekend trek from Arolla to the Glacier de Cheilon & Cabane des Dix

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May 13-14, 2017

Our Saturday starting point: Arolla, around 12:30 pm and 2100 m

 
 

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We head uphill towards the Pas de Chèvres, stopping a few times for some chocolate, nuts and halva. Around mid-afternoon, we descend on to the other side of the pass via ladders, reaching the snowy ground just above the Glacier de Cheilon.

 
 
 Just above the Glacier de Cheilon.

Just above the Glacier de Cheilon.

 Looking down on to the glacier.

Looking down on to the glacier.

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Just after 4:30 pm, we get to La Cabane des Dix (2928 m), where we spend the night in the winter room.

 
 
 
 Our feast included soup, pasta with pesto, lots of cherry tomatoes, tofu for the vegetarian (ahem), and wine. Photo stolen from  Maarten Camerlynck .

Our feast included soup, pasta with pesto, lots of cherry tomatoes, tofu for the vegetarian (ahem), and wine. Photo stolen from Maarten Camerlynck.

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For Sunday morning, a post-breakfast hike from Cabane des Dix up to 3000 m.

 Mont Blanc de Cheilon and a beautiful day.

Mont Blanc de Cheilon and a beautiful day.

 Looking down to Cabane des Dix, where our lunch – of leftover pasta and wine – was waiting.

Looking down to Cabane des Dix, where our lunch – of leftover pasta and wine – was waiting.

 A perfect day to be near the clouds.

A perfect day to be near the clouds.

 The highest we'd go this weekend.

The highest we'd go this weekend.

 Covered in suncream, but not quite enough suncream. Photo by  Maarten Camerlynck .

Covered in suncream, but not quite enough suncream. Photo by Maarten Camerlynck.

 The lower parts of our legs spent a lot of time in the snow. Photo by  Maarten Camerlynck .

The lower parts of our legs spent a lot of time in the snow. Photo by Maarten Camerlynck.

 Following our earlier tracks back down to the hut for lunch.  Photo by Maarten Camerlynck .

Following our earlier tracks back down to the hut for lunch. Photo by Maarten Camerlynck.

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We return to the hut for lunch, then leave at 12:30 pm to hike back to Arolla.

 Lunch with a view and a glass of wine. Photo by  Maarten Camerlynck .

Lunch with a view and a glass of wine. Photo by Maarten Camerlynck.

 Hiking the final part of the trip, reaching the car for about 3:30 pm – well-exercised, a bit sweaty, and happy.

Hiking the final part of the trip, reaching the car for about 3:30 pm – well-exercised, a bit sweaty, and happy.