Verbier Haute Route day to day description, map and photos

Day 4 - Trient hut to Prafleuri hut

This day offers one of the best descents on the Haute Route, that of the Val d'Arpette. From the Trient hut a quick, steep descent down the Trient Glacier leads to the Col des Ecandies and to the Val d'Arpette and Champex. The Val d'Arpette usually offers an incredible run down cold, north facing slopes. The total descent from the Col des Ecandies to the town of Champex is almost 4400 vertical feet.

From Champex we continue by taxi to the ski resort of Verbier. We'll grab a quick lunch before we ride the lifts to the Col des Gentianes, then ski down piste to the point where we leave the ski area. First we climb up over the Col de la Chaux, descend the back side, then another climb over the Col du Momin before we reach the Grand Désert Glacier on the northwest side of the Rosablanche. Ascending this glacier to near its head (with the option for a quick climb to the Rosa Blanche summit, we ski down the Glacier de Prafleuri to the hut.

As you can see, there is a lot of downhill on this day.

Day 4 - Trient hut to the Prafleuri hut
858 meters
2814 feet
3286 meters
10778 feet

An early morning start from the Trient Hut. We have descended about 500 feet so far, with almost 4000 more to go to Champex. We'll pop over the shoulder ahead and drop steeply down toward the Col des Ecandies. After a short climb up to the Col its all downhill to Champex!

The first shot down from the Col des Ecandies. Incredible! The Col is just out of view to the right.

More great skiing down the Val d'Arpette!


Looking back up the Val d'Arpette. The Col is in the center.

Crossing the Col de Momin.


The Mont Fort hut in the morning. You can see the poor weather engulfing the Mont Blanc massif in the background. Normally we pass by this hut on our way to the Prafleuri hut. However, if the conditions are particularly difficult, we may elect t to stop here for the night.


Crossing over the Col de Momin. The Rosablanche in the background.

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