Verbier Haute Route day to day description, map and photos

Day 6 - Dix Hut to Cabane des Vignettes

From the Dix hut we cross the Glacier de Cheilon, and climb the Glacier de Tsena Refien, at first steeply then more gently to near the Col de la Serpentine. A short but quite steep climb, often done on foot with crampons, leads to the gentle slopes near the Col du Brenay, where we join the Plateau du Couloir version of the Haute Route coming up from the south. Both routes lead easily up to the Pigne d'Arolla and the great descent to the Vignettes hut.

Day 6 - Dix hut to the Vignettes hut
960 meters
3149 feet
728 meters
2388 feet


Starting out from the Dix hut on the Verbier Route.


Kathy breaks trail up to the Serpentine on the Verbier Route.


The upper Glacier du Brenay. From here, gentle slopes lead up to the summit of the Pigne d'Arolla.


Skiing down from the Pigne d'Arolla. The Vignettes hut, our destination for the day is out of view to the left. Tomorrow, we will ski up the gentle slopes of the Glacier du Mont Colon, seen here, before crossing our three cols and arriving in Zermatt.


The spectacularly perched Vignettes hut.

These are the slopes below and just north of the hut. One day when we arrived early, we could not resist taking a few runs down this great hill. Kathy and Roger look back at their handiwork.

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