106 posts match Hikes & Tours: Haute Route. Select title in list below or scroll down to see posts.
 
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  1.  Mountain meadow    18 April 2021    Haute Route
         18 Apr 2021
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  2.  On the trail to Gruben     17 April 2021    Haute Route
         17 Apr 2021
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  3.  Turn right    16 April 2021    Haute Route
         16 Apr 2021
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  4.  A couple of locals    15 April 2021    Haute Route
         15 Apr 2021
  Haute Route  
  5.  Down from the Meidpass    14 April 2021    Haute Route
         14 Apr 2021
  Haute Route  
  6.  Scree    13 April 2021    Haute Route
         13 Apr 2021
  Haute Route  
  7.  Meidpass (2,790 m)    12 April 2021    Haute Route
         12 Apr 2021
  Haute Route  
  8.  Dressed for the rain    11 April 2021    Haute Route
         11 Apr 2021
  Haute Route  
  9.  Above tree line    10 April 2021    Haute Route
         10 Apr 2021
  Haute Route  
10.  The hike to Meidpass    9 April 2021    Haute Route
         9 Apr 2021
  Haute Route  
11.  Just off the funicular    8 April 2021    Haute Route
         8 Apr 2021
  Haute Route  
12.  Tracks     8 April 2021    Haute Route
         8 Apr 2021
  Haute Route  
13.  The funicular     7 April 2021    Haute Route
         7 Apr 2021
  Haute Route  
14.  Where's that funicular?    6 April 2021    Haute Route
         6 Apr 2021
  Haute Route  
15.  On the bus    5 April 2021    Haute Route
         5 Apr 2021
  Haute Route  
16.  Night 7: Hotel Alpina (1,553 m)    4 April 2021    Grimentz Haute Route
         4 Apr 2021
  Haute Route, Grimentz  
17.  View from the dam    3 April 2021    Haute Route
         3 Apr 2021
  Haute Route  
18.  Lac de Moiry dam    2 April 2021    Haute Route
         2 Apr 2021
  Haute Route  
19.  Map of the lake    1 April 2021    HR map Haute Route
         1 Apr 2021
  Haute Route, HR map  
20.  Turquoise and purple    1 April 2021    Haute Route
         1 Apr 2021
  Haute Route  
21.  Lac de Moiry     31 March 2021    Haute Route
         31 Mar 2021
  Haute Route  
22.  Mountains, stone, and ice    31 March 2021    Haute Route
         31 Mar 2021
  Haute Route  
23.  Lac et Glacier de Moiry    30 March 2021    Haute Route
         30 Mar 2021
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24.  Lac des Autannes (2,686 m)    29 March 2021    Haute Route
         29 Mar 2021
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25.  Hiking down from Col de Torrent    28 March 2021    Haute Route
         28 Mar 2021
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26.  Col de Torrent (2,919 m)    27 March 2021    Haute Route
         27 Mar 2021
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27.  Looking up at Col de Torrent    26 March 2021    Haute Route
         26 Mar 2021
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28.  A field of scree    25 March 2021    Haute Route
         25 Mar 2021
  Haute Route  
29.  Stone building overlooking valley    24 March 2021    Haute Route
         24 Mar 2021
  Haute Route  
30.  Paul heading for the next col    23 March 2021    Haute Route, Map
         23 Mar 2021
  Haute Route, Map  
31.  Valley view    22 March 2021    Haute Route
         22 Mar 2021
  Haute Route  
32.  Down to two    21 March 2021    Haute Route, Map
         21 Mar 2021
  Haute Route, Map  
33.  Slate roof    20 March 2021    Haute Route
         20 Mar 2021
  Haute Route  
34.  After dinner    19 March 2021    Evolene Haute Route
         19 Mar 2021
  Evolene, Haute Route  
35.  Preparing raclette    18 March 2021    Evolene Haute Route
         18 Mar 2021
  Evolene, Haute Route  
36.  Nights 5+6: Evolene (1,371 m)    17 March 2021    Evolene Haute Route
         17 Mar 2021
  Evolene, Haute Route  
37.  Pyramides d'Euseigne    16 March 2021    Haute Route
         16 Mar 2021
  Haute Route  
38.  Vex     15 March 2021    Haute Route
         15 Mar 2021
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39.  Down from the dam    14 March 2021    Haute Route
         14 Mar 2021
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40.  Grande Dixence dam    13 March 2021    Haute Route
         13 Mar 2021
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41.  Paul at Lac des Dix    12 March 2021    Haute Route
         12 Mar 2021
  Haute Route  
42.  Map of Lac des Dix    11 March 2021    HR map Haute Route
         11 Mar 2021
  HR map, Haute Route  
43.  Lac des Dix    11 March 2021    Haute Route
         11 Mar 2021
  Haute Route  
44.  The Grande Dixence    10 March 2021    Haute Route
         10 Mar 2021
  Haute Route  
45.  More of that damn scree    9 March 2021    Haute Route
         9 Mar 2021
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46.  Hiking down the torrent    8 March 2021    Haute Route
         8 Mar 2021
  Haute Route  
47.  Torrent de Chennaz    7 March 2021    Haute Route
         7 Mar 2021
  Haute Route  
48.  Night 4: Cabane de Prafleuri (2,657 m)    6 March 2021    Haute Route, Prafleuri
         6 Mar 2021
  Prafleuri, Haute Route  
49.  Prafleuri in shadow    5 March 2021    Haute Route, Prafleuri
         5 Mar 2021
  Prafleuri, Haute Route  
50.  Steinbock    4 March 2021    Haute Route
         4 Mar 2021
  Haute Route  
51.  Col de Prafleuri (2,987 m)    3 March 2021    Haute Route
         3 Mar 2021
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52.  Almost to the top    2 March 2021    Haute Route
         2 Mar 2021
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53.  Scrambling    1 March 2021    Haute Route
         1 Mar 2021
  Haute Route  
54.  Rock climbing     28 February 2021    Haute Route
         28 Feb 2021
  Haute Route  
55.  Rocks, peak, lake, and moss    27 February 2021    Haute Route
         27 Feb 2021
  Haute Route  
56.  Glacier Grand Désert     26 February 2021    Haute Route
         26 Feb 2021
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57.  Hiking through scree    25 February 2021    Haute Route
         25 Feb 2021
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58.  Hard to miss    24 February 2021    Haute Route
         24 Feb 2021
  Haute Route  
59.  River crossing    23 February 2021    Haute Route
         23 Feb 2021
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60.  The lake between cols    22 February 2021    Haute Route
         22 Feb 2021
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61.  The valley between the cols    21 February 2021    Haute Route
         21 Feb 2021
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62.  Descending the col    20 February 2021    Haute Route
         20 Feb 2021
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63.  Col de Louvie (2,921 m)    19 February 2021    Haute Route
         19 Feb 2021
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64.  Trail from Cabane to Col de Louvie    18 February 2021    Haute Route
         18 Feb 2021
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65.  As in Dharma and    18 February 2021    Haute Route
         18 Feb 2021
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66.  Glacier de Corbassiere (again)    17 February 2021    Haute Route
         17 Feb 2021
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67.  A sea of scree    16 February 2021    Haute Route
         16 Feb 2021
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68.  Glacier de Corbassiere    15 February 2021    Haute Route
         15 Feb 2021
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69.  Yours truly    13 February 2021    Haute Route
         13 Feb 2021
  Haute Route  
70.  Built of stone    12 February 2021    Haute Route
         12 Feb 2021
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71.  Reflection    11 February 2021    Haute Route
         11 Feb 2021
  Haute Route  
72.  Skirting Lac de Louvie    10 February 2021    Haute Route
         10 Feb 2021
  Haute Route  
73.  Leaving Louvie    9 February 2021    Haute Route, Louvie
         9 Feb 2021
  Haute Route, Louvie  
74.  Relaxing before dinner    8 February 2021    Haute Route, Louvie
         8 Feb 2021
  Louvie, Haute Route  
75.  Spring flowers    7 February 2021    Haute Route, Louvie
         7 Feb 2021
  Louvie, Haute Route  
76.  Night 3: Cabane de Louvie (2,250 m)    6 February 2021    Haute Route, Louvie
         6 Feb 2021
  Louvie, Haute Route  
77.  Lac de Louvie    5 February 2021    Haute Route, Louvie
         5 Feb 2021
  Louvie, Haute Route  
78.  First glimpse of Louvie    4 February 2021    Haute Route, Louvie
         4 Feb 2021
  Louvie, Haute Route  
79.  Switchbacks    3 February 2021    Haute Route
         3 Feb 2021
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80.  Taking a rest    2 February 2021    Haute Route
         2 Feb 2021
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81.  Gotta move on    1 February 2021    Haute Route
         1 Feb 2021
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82.  One last look    31 January 2021    Haute Route
         31 Jan 2021
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83.  Trail and waterfall    30 January 2021    Haute Route
         30 Jan 2021
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84.  Above Fionnay    29 January 2021    Haute Route
         29 Jan 2021
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85.  Setting out for Louvie    28 January 2021    Haute Route
         28 Jan 2021
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86.  Cascade de Fionnay    27 January 2021    Haute Route
         27 Jan 2021
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87.  Squeezing through Champsec    26 January 2021    Haute Route
         26 Jan 2021
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88.  On the road to Fionnay    25 January 2021    Haute Route
         25 Jan 2021
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89.  Goodbye Champex    23 January 2021    Champex Lac Haute Route
         23 Jan 2021
  Champex Lac, Haute Route  
90.  Champex Lac    22 January 2021    Champex Lac Haute Route
         22 Jan 2021
  Champex Lac, Haute Route  
91.  Night 2: Champex Lac (1,470 m)    21 January 2021    Champex Lac Haute Route
         21 Jan 2021
  Champex Lac, Haute Route  
92.  Champex Lac    19 January 2021    Champex Lac Haute Route
         19 Jan 2021
  Champex Lac, Haute Route  
93.  Just a little farther     18 January 2021    Haute Route
         18 Jan 2021
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94.  Hiking to Champex    17 January 2021    Haute Route
         17 Jan 2021
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95.  Alpage de Bovine    16 January 2021    Haute Route
         16 Jan 2021
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96.  Paul and yours truly in the fog    15 January 2021    Haute Route
         15 Jan 2021
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97.  Emily in the fog    14 January 2021    Haute Route
         14 Jan 2021
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98.  Goodbye Trient    13 January 2021    Haute Route, Trient
         13 Jan 2021
  Trient, Haute Route  
99.  Night 1: Trient (1,300 m)    12 January 2021    Haute Route, Trient
         12 Jan 2021
  Haute Route, Trient  
100.  Trient    11 January 2021    Haute Route, Trient
         11 Jan 2021
  Haute Route, Trient  
101.  On the road    10 January 2021    Haute Route
         10 Jan 2021
  Haute Route  
102.  Day 1: we start hiking    9 January 2021    Haute Route
         9 Jan 2021
  Haute Route  
103.  Lunch in Finhaut    8 January 2021    Finhaut Haute Route, Politics (US)
         8 Jan 2021
  Finhaut, Haute Route, Politics (US)  
104.  Finhaut station    7 January 2021    Finhaut Haute Route
         7 Jan 2021
  Haute Route, Finhaut  
105.  View from the train    6 January 2021    Haute Route
         6 Jan 2021
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106.  From Chamonix to Zermatt    5 January 2021    HR map Haute Route, Lightroom
         5 Jan 2021
  Lightroom, HR map, Haute Route  
 
 
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1. Mountain meadow
18 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
1. Mountain meadow   
18 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 
 
Trail to Gruben 
 
 
 
 
Trail to Gruben 
 
 
 
 
Trail to Gruben 
 
 

 
 
 
2. On the trail to Gruben
17 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
2. On the trail to Gruben    
17 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
3. Turn right
16 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
3. Turn right   
16 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
4. A couple of locals
15 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
4. A couple of locals   
15 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 
 
They seemed friendly enough.  
 
 
 
 
They seemed friendly enough.  
 
 
 
 
They seemed friendly enough.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
5. Down from the Meidpass
14 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
5. Down from the Meidpass   
14 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Scree
13 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
6. Scree   
13 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 

We headed down from the Meidpass via a field of scree.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Meidpass (2,790 m)
12 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
7. Meidpass (2,790 m)   
12 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Supposedly there's a lot to see up here—someone said you can see all the way to Mont Blanc in France—but all we saw were clouds. The rather muddled image is a multi-shot stitch, taken while at the saddle, facing south along the mountain ridge. To the right is west, the way we came up; and to the left is east, where we were headed. It's the opposite of the map below.

 
 
 
8. Dressed for the rain
11 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
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8. Dressed for the rain   
11 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 

The weather turned, clouds moved in and it began to rain, so we got some use out of the rain gear we'd packed.

 
 
 
 
 
Yours truly 
 
 
 
 
Yours truly 
 
 
 
 
Yours truly 
 
 
 
Paul 
 
 
 
 
Paul 
 
 
 
 
Paul 
 
 
9. Above tree line
10 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
9. Above tree line   
10 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
10. The hike to Meidpass
9 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
10. The hike to Meidpass   
9 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 

By the time we got off the funicular it was eleven am. We soon found our trail and started hiking. Another day, another mountain pass, and on this day it was called Meidpass.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11. Just off the funicular
8 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
11. Just off the funicular   
8 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 
 
Paul heading for the next col 
 
 
 
 
Paul heading for the next col 
 
 
 
 
Paul heading for the next col 
 
 

 
 
 
12. Tracks
8 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
12. Tracks    
8 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 
 
Funiculaire St. Luc 
 
 
 
 
Funiculaire St. Luc 
 
 
 
 
Funiculaire St. Luc 
 
 

 
 
 
13. The funicular
7 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
13. The funicular    
7 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 

We took the funicular part of the way up the mountain. It's a short trip, about 1.25 km, but it brought us 500 m closer to the mountain pass we had to cross.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14. Where's that funicular?
6 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
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14. Where's that funicular?   
6 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 

We changed busses in Vissoie then got off in St. Luc where we went looking for a funicular.

 
 
 
 
 
Locals, St. Luc 
 
 
 
 
Locals, St. Luc 
 
 
 
 
Locals, St. Luc 
 
 
 
Walking through St Luc 
 
 
 
 
Walking through St Luc 
 
 
 
 
Walking through St Luc 
 
 
 
Rusty roof, St. Luc 
 
 
 
 
Rusty roof, St. Luc 
 
 
 
 
Rusty roof, St. Luc 
 
 
15. On the bus
5 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
15. On the bus   
5 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 

In the morning we left Grimentz. We took a bus traveling north. Unsurprisingly, the bus was comfortable and the driver navigated the switchbacks—flower-bedecked no less—with aplomb.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. Night 7: Hotel Alpina (1,553 m)
4 Apr 2021      Photos    Grimentz, Haute Route 
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16. Night 7: Hotel Alpina (1,553 m)   
4 Apr 2021     More photos     Grimentz, Haute Route   
 
 
 
 

Grimentz is a postcard town, flowing down a hillside. After checking in at Hotel Alpina we ditched our packs then explored the town.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grimentz 
 
 
 
 
Grimentz 
 
 
 
 
Grimentz 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17. View from the dam
3 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
17. View from the dam   
3 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 

After enjoying this view of the Moiry valley from the top of the Lac de Moiry dam, we hiked down to the base of the dam then caught a bus to Grimentz.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
18. Lac de Moiry dam
2 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
18. Lac de Moiry dam   
2 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
19. Map of the lake
1 Apr 2021      Photos    HR map, Haute Route 
19. Map of the lake   
1 Apr 2021     More photos     HR map, Haute Route   
 
 
 

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20. Turquoise and purple
1 Apr 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
20. Turquoise and purple   
1 Apr 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 
 
Lac de Moiry 
 
 
 
 
Lac de Moiry 
 
 
 
 
Lac de Moiry 
 
 

 
 
 
21. Lac de Moiry
31 Mar 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
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21. Lac de Moiry    
31 Mar 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
22. Mountains, stone, and ice
31 Mar 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
22. Mountains, stone, and ice   
31 Mar 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
23. Lac et Glacier de Moiry
30 Mar 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
23. Lac et Glacier de Moiry   
30 Mar 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 

After hiking around the smaller lake we headed for the larger one, Lac de Moiry. The lake really is that colour.

 
 
 
 
 
Paul, Lac de Moiry, and Glacier de Moiry 
 
 
 
 
Paul, Lac de Moiry, and Glacier de Moiry 
 
 
 
 
Paul, Lac de Moiry, and Glacier de Moiry 
 
 
24. Lac des Autannes (2,686 m)
29 Mar 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
24. Lac des Autannes (2,686 m)   
29 Mar 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 

If you remember, we saw two lakes from the col. Well, this is me looking at the first, the smaller of the two, Lac des Autannes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25. Hiking down from Col de Torrent
28 Mar 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
25. Hiking down from Col de Torrent   
28 Mar 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 

After lunch at the col, after a soak in the view, we headed down, towards the two lakes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26. Col de Torrent (2,919 m)
27 Mar 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
26. Col de Torrent (2,919 m)   
27 Mar 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 

After a little over three hours of hiking we arrived at the Col de Torrent. As you can see, we weren't alone, we shared the spot with another couple and their dog. The view featured two lakes, the nearby Lac des Autannes as well as the turquoise Lac de Moiry in the distance.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
27. Looking up at Col de Torrent
26 Mar 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
27. Looking up at Col de Torrent   
26 Mar 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 

We'd been hiking all morning. Somewhere up there is the Col de Torrent, a mountain pass. Paul was ahead of me, though not much higher up; you can see him in the lower right of the photo.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28. A field of scree
25 Mar 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
28. A field of scree   
25 Mar 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
29. Stone building overlooking valley
24 Mar 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
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29. Stone building overlooking valley   
24 Mar 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
30. Paul heading for the next col
23 Mar 2021      Photos    Haute Route  Map 
30. Paul heading for the next col   
23 Mar 2021     More photos     Haute Route, Map   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
31. Valley view
22 Mar 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
31. Valley view   
22 Mar 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
32. Down to two
21 Mar 2021      Photos    Haute Route  Map 
32. Down to two   
21 Mar 2021     More photos     Haute Route, Map   
 
 
 
 

The bus dropped us seemingly in the middle of nowhere though we were actually at our trailhead. And from this point on we were down to two; Emily and Gingie skipped the remainder of the hike. They rendezvoused with us a couple more times then went on to Zermatt.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
33. Slate roof
20 Mar 2021      Photos    Haute Route 
33. Slate roof   
20 Mar 2021     More photos     Haute Route   
 
 
 
 

We left Evolene on the bus, riding up into the foothills, passing old buildings with stone roofs, and enjoying some spring flowers.