An ascent of an easy alpine peak starting from the La Breya ski lift and via the Orny and Trient mountain huts. Superb views over the Trient Plateau.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Park at the ski lift station to the west of Lac de Champex and take the ski lift.
Since this hike begins with a ski lift trip, don't use the function "Go to the starting point". It will guide you at the start of the pedestrian part of the hike and not at the car park of the lift station
(D/A) From the ski lift, take the well signposted path to the Orny and Trient mountain huts. The path is easy to follow, there are some easy sections with hand chains that may be useful when there is snow underfoot. In summer, you will not need the chains. You will come to a junction with another path on your right.
(1) This path leads up/down from/to Val d'Arpette, ignore it and continue along and steadily uphill to a second junction, this time on your left at the start of a flatter corrie.
(2) This second path leads up/down from/to Combe d'Orny, it is a nice way up from Champex if you want to miss out the ski lift. (See walk "Champex to Cabane d'Orny and return via La Breya summit and ski lift.") Ignore this path and continue over the corrie floor and then more steeply uphill through small boulders. At the top, you will have great views of the Petit Clocher du Portalet and come to a third junction, this time on the left.
(3) This path will take you down to Saleinaz in the Val Ferret, ignore the path and continue uphill on a moraine ridge to the Cabane d'Orny. Look out for the remains of the old Orny hut on the right just before a lake. (This section from the ski lift to the Orny hut is T2 see notes below)
(4) Walk in front of the hut and continue along the path. There may be patches of snow to cross and there is one section which requires the use of metal staples to ascend. Other sections have old climbing ropes fixed to use as handrails but depending on your skill level these may not be necessary. You will come to a signpost where there are good views of the Plateau de Trient. Continue up to the Trient hut in about 5 minutes. (This section between the Orny and Trient huts is more challenging than the first section,T3)
(5) From the Trient hut, take a track to the right of the hut and towards a metal rain gauge. (See photo) Continue along fainter tracks over the scree slanting up and right to the ridge and a small col. From the col, lookout for small cairns which mark the path through the scree and boulders below the ridge and to a col. (There is more than one track) From the col, clamber over boulders to the summit. Please note this section is not marked with paint flashes. You are negotiating a rocky, scree and boulder strewn slope; it will require some care and in a few places the use of your hands but it is not technically difficult. (T4 but not marked with paint flashes) In early season, the snow patch seen on the photo may lead to the col but you will need to be competent with an ice axe and use crampons if the snow is frozen.
(6) At the top enjoy the view and then retrace your path back to the ski lift (D/A).
D/A : km 0 - alt. 2190m - Ski lift station
1 : km 2.04 - alt. 2399m
2 : km 2.7 - alt. 2467m
3 : km 3.63 - alt. 2683m - Lac d'Orny
4 : km 4.3 - alt. 2823m - Cabane d'Orny
5 : km 6.32 - alt. 3172m - Cabane du Trient
6 : km 6.75 - alt. 3261m - Pointe d'Orny
D/A : km 13.44 - alt. 2190m
The Orny and Trient huts both offer a full guardian service with food and drink for sale at a premium. There will be meltwater in the mountain streams but you will find few of these after the corrie and the turn off for the Combe d'Orny.
I would recommend boots capable of dealing with grass, loose scree, and boulders; you may need to kick steps in snow so a good supportive sole is important. Good approach shoes are a minimum but there is a risk of turning an ankle so a full boot will offer greater support.
You are going into high alpine terrain, the Trient hut and the Pointe d'Orny are both above 30000m. Take appropriate clothing and be prepared to turn back if the weather changes or if the walk is too much. Going to the Orny hut and back is still a nice walk.
Swiss mountain trails are well marked and a grading system was introduced to coincide with the markings and signposts. The following translation of the grading system is from http://www.hikr.org/post2984.html further information on Swiss trails can be found at https://www.schweizmobil.ch/en/hiking-in...
(3) T2 – Mountain Hikes
Paths with continuous marked-out route. In case it is marked according to SAW standards: white-red-white. Sometimes steep, the danger of falling possible. Requirements: Sure footedness sometimes needed. Trekking shoes are recommended. Basic orientation skills.
(4) T3 – Challenging Mountain Hikes
Paths are not always visible. Exposed sections can be safeguarded with ropes or chains. The hands might be needed for balance. In case the path is marked: white-red-white. Can have exposed sections with the danger of falling, scree slopes, pathless craggy ground. Requirements: surefootedness, good trekking shoes. Average orientation skills. Basic alpine experience required.
(5) T4 – Alpine Hikes
Path traces are not always present. Some sections require the use of hands. In case paths are marked: white-blue-white. Grounds are relatively exposed, tricky grass slopes, craggy ground, simple firn fields and snow-free glacier sections. Requirements: Stable trekking shoes. Basic ability to judge grounds and good orientation skills. Alpine experience required. A sudden change in the weather can make a retreat/fallback difficult.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
Take your camera, enjoy the walk and the changing scenery as you ascend. At first the Clochers de Portalet, then the Glacier d'Orny and finally the Plateau de Trient and its surrounding peaks.
6th stage of the Mont Blanc tour: from the Relais d'Arpette to the Forclaz Pass via la Fenêtre d'Arpette.
A circular walk from Champex Lac; ascending via the Bisses to the Arpette valley and then taking the path uphill through forest to the Col de la Breya. Then descending and joining the path to the Cabane d'Orny (refreshments available). The descent is via the path back to the La Breya chair lift taking in an optional ascent of La Breya.
A circular walk from Champex Lac; ascending the tranquil and beautiful Combe d'Orny and joining the path to the Cabane d'Orny where there are refreshments available. The descent is via the path back to the La Breya ski lift taking in an optional ascent of La Breya. (It is also possible to descend by foot via the Val d' Arpette or from the ski lift, similarly the walk can be shortened and height gain reduced by taking the ski lift up.)
A short and easy walk from Champex Lac, taking the well signposted and good paths beside the Bisse. These are the water channels made to control and route the flow of water for irrigation purposes. The path returns to Champex via part of the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) path.
This is a variation on the Sentier Le Belvedere walk which is described in the Pays du St-Bernard tourist booklet.
A circular walk in the lower part of the Swiss Val Ferret. One of the walks publicized by the tourist office and well signposted. There are information boards (in French) about the construction of traditional barns made from local stone and timber. Easy walking, navigation and some interesting information. The first section is on a quiet road.
A lovely circular walk for a half day out which is good if the weather is forecast to deteriorate in the afternoon. It can also be extended if you want a longer walk. Amazing views from the top of Plan Monnay.
7th stage of the TMB: from Forclaz pass to Montroc
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