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From Cabane de Trient (Normal route) Cabane de Saleinaz CAS 2691 m

  • Difficulty
    PD
  • Ascent
    3–4 h, 180 m
  • Descent
    650 m
  • Exposure
    N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW

In the ski season, the summer approach to the Saleinaz hut from Praz de Fort is very difficult as it's located on very steep and rough north facing slopes with a high risk of avalanches. Nevertheless, a visit to the hut is worthwhile because there are magnificent ski mountains in the area.

Route description

Cabane de Trient – Fenêtre de Saleinaz

From the Trient hut head across the Glacier du Trient in a SW direction, past the beautiful Aiguilles Dorees, to the Fenêtre de Saleina (3261 m).

Fenêtre de Saleinaz

To cross the Fenêtre de Saleina, you may have to strap your skis on your backpack.

Glacier de Saleina – Cab. de Saleina

Descend the Glacier du Saleinaz, keeping to its lefthand side, passing P. 2946 to your right and hence avoiding the main crevasse fields. Continue eastwards, and eventually reach the glacier's righthand bank, before climbing gently up to the Cabane de Saleinaz.

From Cabane de Trient via Col S des Plines

From the Trient head south over Col d'Orny, and follow the slight glacial rise to the W of Roc des Plines to the col (approx. 3260 m). From the pass, descend the Glacier des Plines and pass the Bivouac de l'Envers des Dorées on your left. Continue south-west to join the Glacier de Saleinaz, and the route (described above) from the Fenêtre de la Saleinaz.

Additional information

Departure point
Waypoints

Col des Plines South (3260 m)

Waypoint on the variant.

Route number

26g, 26h

Author

Georges Sanga

Georges Sanga, active alpinist in both summer and winter, is the author of several ski tour and alpine hiking guides and an editor of the swisstopo ski tour maps. His passion for the mountains, and mountain photography, takes him to every corner of Switzerland.

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