Hiking towards spectacular mountain huts in Wallis

  • August 15, 2014 · 4:15 PM

Dear All,

Last year I planned this trip but unfortunately could not go myself due to a broken foot injury. The feedback from those who went was very good and the views were spectacular -hence I will organize this weekend hike again.

The idea is to go for a hiking weekend in Wallis in de Val- Anniviers (which mean in latin at the snow line) and go to two of the most visited huts in the Alps. Given that we are more advanced in the hiking season, the distance and height difference has gone up as well. None of the hikes is technically difficult (red/white/red) however hiking in higher altitudes and longer distances makes that these hikes are not for everyone – if you do regularly sports and have a good condition than this hike should not be a problem.

The gorgeously situated Cabane de l\'Ar Pitetta (or Arpitettaz)


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Lac de Moiry

Friday night, we would take the 16.32 train arriving bern 17.28, departing bern 17.34 arriving visp  18.32 departing visp 18.36 arriving sierre 18.54. We will then take the bus in sierre at 19.10 arriving in zinal at 20.10. We will have dinner at 20.30.

Saturday morning the idea would be to hike up to the Cabane d-Arpittetaz (2800 meters) where you have spectacular views on the Weisshorn (4505 meters), Zinalrothorn (4221 meters) and glaciars (glacier de Moming). The hike from Zinal (1700 meters) towards the hut is 1150 meters up and takes about 4,5 to 5 hours up hence we would like to start early to give us plenty of time to make it to the hut and give us time to enjoy the scenery before heading back to Zinal (about 2,5  hours down). In the late afternoon/evening we will enjoy the beauty of the valley and can taste some local wines.

On Sunday I propose to take the cable car towards Sorebois (2441 meters). We will then walk towards Corne de Sorebois (2895m) and after 2 hours we will arrive at the barrage de Moiry (see above) around 2400m. From the dam we will start a 480 meter ascent to the Cabane de Moiry which is situated at 2886 meters and which allows great views on Grand Cornier (3964m), Dent Blanche (4356m) and Dent des Rosses (3613m). Total hiking time is about 4,5 to 6 hours depending on speed, number of stops, number of pictures taken etc.

Alternatively this hike can be shortened by taking the bus from Zinal towards Grimentz and from there to the dam of Moiry. The idea would be to take a bus and train back to Zurich late Sunday afternoon from the Barrage de Moiry.

Depart friday evening Zurich HB - arrival Zinal

Depart sunday afternoon Barrage de Moiry towards Zurich

For Saturday evening I have taken an option for 25 people in a chalet. The chalet has 1 room with 4 people, 2 rooms with singles and 9 rooms with 2 beds. The price for the accommodation, breakfast, dinner and taxes is 90 francs/night so for two nights is 180 francs. I need to confirm this booking by May 17 so for those who are interested, please transfer the money to my bank account by then. If there is no or little interest I will cancel the activity.

My bank account details are:

IMPORTANT

* The organizer is not responsible for any bodily injury or other accidents that might happen during the hike. By signing up on this activity, the participants agree that the organizer will not be held responsible in any way. Although the hike is not complicated, it is each individual responsibility to ensure that they can do the hike and check out the trail.

* There is a no refund policy – anyone else can take your spot. This policy has been introduced to avoid people making changes and cancellations for reasons that can not be verified by the organizer.

* To avoid a huge number of last minute changes and to ensure that we do not drive mad the hotel by making many many changes, a flat fee of 15 francs will be charged if a change happens in the last three weeks before the hike.

* Bookings/reservations are made on the first date of payment. Independently whether you clicked yes or no, the date of payment will be the criteria to confirm your attendance.

* I would do everything to accommodate your booking, i.e. keep males/females separate and put you in the 2 bed room, 4 bed room etc. requested however as you can imagine bookings are accepted all the time by the hotel and although i transmit to the hotel regularly the rooms and number of people attending, it might be that your favorite room is no longer available.

* To bring along: suncream, sunglasses, good mood, laughter, hiking boots, rain gear, water, snack, lunch ( I suggest we take lunch on the trails), smile, positive attitude, towel

* Please travel light.


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  • Piotr

    It was epic indeed. Here a few shots: http://piotrf.pl/photographed/zinal-in-august-2014

    Till next time, folks!

    1 · August 22

  • Erica

    I'm still so amazed by the memories of this wonderful weekend! many thanks guys, and thanks a lot patrick, for this awesome experience and the crazy hike to the huts! can't wait for the next one!

    1 · August 21

  • Patrick

    Great group, beautiful scenery, curious black cows, great food… Wallis is a great area to explore further. Also thanks to those supporting me getting down from the cabane de traCUIT. Sorry for not been able to say goodbye to all - took early bus, was home early and managed to still go to BBQ on sunday evening.

    4 · August 18

    • Martin

      Really glad to hear that you're getting comfortable with the chains! Now only ladders, scrabling the rocks and you the mountain goat!

      August 19

  • Eduardo

    Thanks Patrick once again for organizing and everyone for making it a great time in the mountains. Looking forward to seeing you again people!

    August 19

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for a great weekend Patrick!

    August 18

  • Jose Luis R.

    Thank you Patrick for organizing yet again an amazing hiking weekend. It was awesome :-)

    August 18

  • Stefano

    Perfect! Thanks Patrick and everyone for this wonderful weekend

    1 · August 17

  • Stefano

    Perfect! Thanks Patrick and everyone for this wonderful weekend

    August 17

  • Lionel R.

    Hello Patrick i arrive in zonal in witch restaurant are you in??

    August 15

  • Lionel R.

    Hello Patrick i arrive in zonal in witch restaurant are you in??

    August 15

  • Martin

    Where is the meetingpoint?

    August 15

  • Lionel R.

    Hello Patrick, I hope everything's are fine for the weekend.. Ill join you in zinal. (I'll be coming on my own from Neuchatel) best regards see you tonight Lionel

    August 15

  • Patrick

    Unless any mistakes from my side, this is final list: Jude, Els, Sam Van Nevel, Lenka, Alexnadra, Dawn, Patrick, Dominik, Cinar (2), Jose Luis, Martin S, Annie, Renate, Sonja, Evelyn, Ricarda, Roberto I, Stefano, brian S, RG, Andrik, Marcus W, Liliane, Piotr(2), Anna. Total 27 persons.

    August 14

    • Patrick

      Brian, see the thread below. Anna paid me months ago, so she was registered. She did NOT take your spot. Cheers.

      August 15

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry Patrick - I misinterpreted your message to Anna. I'm all packed and will join you later tonight. Cheers!

      August 15

  • Sonja M.

    I will join you in Bern!

    August 15

  • Jaja

    Hi all,
    if someone is interested my spot is free. I'll be at work till the evening on Friday and I don't want to go only on Saturday morning... In case no one is interested I'll come on Saturday though...

    July 24, 2014

    • Jaja

      Hey Patrick, yes Alexandra took over my sport. I've sent you 15 CHF more than 1 week ago, I'll send you the payment identification as soon as my internet banking is working...

      August 12

    • Patrick

      Received -thanks

      August 14

  • Patrick

    In the final list / compared to the one some time ago, there have been 7 changes. Very time consuming to keep track of all changes and .. especially rearranging rooms again each time. I have passed on the final room list to hotel, for obvious reasons no more changes. In the future I would appreciate to not having so many changes. Thanks. See you all tomorrow.

    August 14

  • Stefano

    Hi Patrick, do we need to bring towel with us or is this provided by the hut? Thanks

    August 13

    • Patrick

      I am almost certain towels are provided, but in order to avoid any surprises suggest that you bring yours.

      August 13

  • Tanya

    Hi - unfortunately I cannot make it either, so let me know if anyone is interested in taking my slot over?

    July 21, 2014

    • Annie

      Hi Tanja, CHF180 transfer was done. Please check you account. Thanks

      July 29, 2014

    • Annie

      Hi Patrick, Tanya confirmed she received CH180 of my transfer. Thanks.

      August 13

  • Georg

    Hi Judith - yes , if you are interested -
    drop you my details later on from
    home

    August 5

    • Patrick

      @Georg/Judith, can either one of you transfer 15 francs to my bank account (see fifth bullet point from end). It is up to you to define who pays those, most importantly I would like to receive those before friday morning on my bank account. Thanks.

      August 11

    • Georg

      I ll do that Patrick, cheers Georg

      August 12

  • Piotr

    Hi Patrick, are we staying both nights in the same place?

    August 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone on the waitlist would like my spot I'm OK giving it up, as I've had several great hikes over the past few days. If not, I'll be there on Friday night.

    August 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Patrik,
    I am sorry and sad but I can't make it for this hike. I hope someone else will take my place. For refounds I send you my bank info in an other mail. Thank you and have fun!

    July 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Unless Patrik gave it to someone else....

      July 30, 2014

    • Patrick

      Narraya/Sam, please advise / has the transfer taken place?

      August 11

  • Hanna

    So does anybody want my spot, then?

    1 · July 25, 2014

    • Jose Luis R.

      Hi Hanna, have you received the refund? Cheers.

      July 30, 2014

    • Patrick

      Hanna, I got your details/ will make refund whenever the online banking tool arrives at my place (most likely on wednesday).

      August 11

  • RG

    G`day all, unfortunately I can`t make it this weekend. Is anyone interested in taking my place? Drop me a line. Cheers.

    August 11

  • Georg

    Hi All,
    unfortunately I now have to travel on business so my spot will be available… let me know if you are interested.
    cheers

    August 4, 2014

    • Georg

      thanks Jude - all fine

      August 9

    • Georg

      have a great weekend up there!

      August 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    Perfect I will send you my bank account tonight.

    July 30, 2014

  • Jana

    Hi, unfortunately i wont be able to join the hike, so my slot is available for take over - if anyone is interested, let me know.
    Thanks.

    July 21, 2014

    • Jana

      Hi Sonja Maria, PM sent. :-)

      July 22, 2014

    • Jana

      Hi Patrick, Sonja will take over my spot as i am not able to attend due to recent injury. I hope this change is also OK for you. Thank you very much and happy hiking!

      July 23, 2014

  • Stefano

    Ciao Patrick, thanks for the wonderful hike this weekend.....is there any spot available for this one? Grazie

    July 6, 2014

    • Annette

      Didn't think about that. Sorry for the extra work. :-/

      July 22, 2014

    • Stefano

      Hi Patrick, could you please move my status to attending? I would not have problems sharing the room with ladies. Hopefully we can find a solution. Grazie

      July 23, 2014

  • Hanna

    Is anyone else interested? I have to fly to the US on Sunday, so it's either go for one day or pass my spot along...

    July 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Annie My spot is still available. Cheers.

    July 18, 2014

    • Annie

      Hi Evelyn, I have not heard anything from you. Is your spot still available?

      July 21, 2014

    • Annie

      Hi Evelyn, I will look for another spot since I got no reply from you.

      July 22, 2014

  • Patrick

    to be clear - no more spots available, unless someone drops out.

    July 13, 2014

  • Patrick

    Received payments from Georg, Els, Narraya, Lenka, Jaja, Dawn, Patrick, Dominik, Cinar (2), Hanna, Annette, Tanya, Renate, Jana, Eve, Ricarda, Roberto I, Harvison Jane, brian S, RG, Andrik, Marcus W, Liliane, Piotr (2). Total 26 persons. Status June 5. I have 27 spots so one more spot would be possible.

    1 · June 9, 2014

  • Patrick

    I have closed RSVPs - will send an updated list of participants during the weekend and remove all others.

    May 16, 2014

  • Petya

    my favorite and most spectacular hike from last year, it's rally worth the effort ;-)

    April 28, 2014

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