29-09-2019 Arolla - Les Fontanesses - Monts Rouges d'Arolla - Col de la Forclette, Val d'Hérens, Valais, Suisse

text and photos: Xavier

datasheet:
Distance - 11,74km
Height gain - 1247m
Height lost - 1247m
Altitude Max - 3314m
Altitude min - 2080m
Type - tour
Effective walk: 5h15m
Degree of difficulty- T4+
track: here


video of the day

When we climbed La Roussette(3262m), i watched for a possible way to climb La Cassorte from this side also, instead i saw a possible route to climb Mont Rouges d’Arolla(3314m) which stays next to La Cassorte, between Col des Ignes and Col de Riedmatten.
This beatiful Sunday we returned to Arolla, we used the same route to reach Les Fontanesses, just need to follow the lifts, before reaching col de la forclette turned left and passed the lake at 2900m, from this point i saw no cairns, my wife and Xarah stood at the lake while i climbed to the Mont Rouges d’Arolla, first direction SW until 3000m where i turned to NW, always searching for the best way to progress, i arrived at the south ridge at about 3300m, at the summit there is a weather station, to reach this point there is a small section equipped with a cable, some passages of I, never hard, i reached the summit after 2h45m of hike, what a nice 360 view.
After half hour i started the descent, i joined the lake at 2900m after half hour descent, then we returned to Arolla by the Col de la Forclette.





marmot









lots of edelweiss

Monts Rouges d'Arolla
La Roussette



Monts Rouges d'Arolla




the lake at 2900m




Aiguilles Rouges d'Arolla in the left and the summit of Monts Rouges d'Arolla at the center

delicate section, void in both sides
the weather station at the summit


Aiguilles Rouges d'Arolla in the back and La Cassorte much closer
Lac des Dix


not good photos to south this day, still discovering my new a6400


Bishorn and Weisshorn
Dent Blanche
Cervin and Dent d'Hérens

Pigne d'Arolla and Mont Blanc de Cheilon
Grand Combin
Le Pleureur and La Sale

at the summit










at Col de la Forclette












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