From Arolla | Ski tour | Cabane des Dix CAS | Swiss Alpine Club SAC

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Hiking or climbing on routes in alpine terrain requires good physical health, meticulous preparation and technical skills in mountain sports. The routes presented here are undertaken at one’s own risk. If you want to safely practice mountain sports, taking training courses run by experts is highly recommended by the SAC. All the contents of the SAC Route Portal are put together with utmost diligence. However, the Swiss Alpine Club and the authors cannot guarantee that the information provided here is up-do-date, correct and complete. Therefore, the SAC and the authors cannot be held liable for possible errors.

From Arolla Cabane des Dix CAS 2928 m

  • Difficulty
    F
  • Ascent
    4 h, 1080 m
  • Descent
    190 m
  • Exposure
    E, W

The cabin is most often reached from Arolla across Pas de Chèvre. The trail was recently equipped with new ladders and steel cables. The route is part of the Haute-Route starting in Verbier. A magnificent panorama to the high mountains opens as soon as you reach Pas de Chèvre.

Route description

Arolla – Pas de Chèvre

From Arolla (1968 m) either ascend on the ski run or take the ski lift of Les Fontanesses 1 to the summit station (ca. 2470 m; using the lift saves 1½ h). From here ascend westward across a plateau and in an increasingly steep bowl to Pas de Chèvre (2854 m).

Pas de Chèvre

The W side of this col is a vertical rock wall which is equipped with metal ladders and steps. The passage looks more dangerous than it actually is. Attach your skis to your backpack and descend the ladders. For security you can use a via ferrata kit.

Pas de Chèvre – cabin

Then, ski down to reach Glacier de Cheilon. Cross it south-westward, then westward. You reach the left rim of the glacier south of the rock island where the cabin is located. Turn right and ascend to the cabin.

Additional information

Departure and arrival point

Arolla, poste (2008 m)

Waypoints

Arolla, ski lift Fontanesses 1, summit station (2470 m)

Point of departure when using the lifts.

Route number

70a

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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