To the Arêtes des Ombrintses under the Rothorn

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To the Arêtes des Ombrintses under the Rothorn is a 12.1 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chandolin, Valais, Switzerland that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
12.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
824 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

snow

A more adventurous hike to the Aretes des Ombrintses which lies just under the Rothorn (2998m). When arriving in Chandolin you can park your car above the tourist office. This is also the starting point of the hike. The parking spots are not free so don't forget to fill the meter. At the tourist office you'll find a bunch of yellow signs - start with following the path to Lac Noir. This path leads immediately up a ski slope. When crossing the big path turn right along this path and after 50m turn left, it is marked with a backpacker sign. This small path leads to the first alp or 'Le Premiere Alpage de Chandolin'. Take the backpackers path above the Alpage to 'La Grande Remointse', the second alp of Chandolin. Go through the farm as you arrive and follow the backpackers path and the white-red-white markings. This path will lead to Lac Noir. At the crossing point with Lac Noir follow the big road to the right and keep following it until you reach the end of it. You'll notice that the path gets rougher with more loose rocks. The path changes abruptly here to a big debris field with no more path visible. The key here is to look on the GPS device and look for big red sticks that stand in the rocks. These are helpful for a successful crossing. Be careful - not every stone is steady as a rock! Once the debris field has been crossed you have a path again. Still rocky but better than the debris field. The summit is not far away. Once reached you'll get a view on the other side of Aretes des Ombrintses with a view on the Rothorn and Bella Tolla as the nearest mountains, the Torneo mountain chain a bit further and of course the 5 +4000m mountains Cervin, Ober Gabelhorn, Dent Blanche, Grand Cornier, Zinal Rothorn. From the summit walk down the ski slope in the direction of Cabane de la Bella Tolla. This is a neat cabane with a very nice view over the Val d'Anniviers. Definitely worth a stop before heading back to Chandolin. At the Cabane head to Par. di Modxes, a crossing point between Tignousa, the Cabane and the path to Chandolin. In local terms the path from Par. di Modxes is called "Chemin dificile" or difficult path. Not that it is difficult but it's not an average path. After that, see the Chandolin village where you started.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Great hike with a bit of adventure through the debris field. The sight from the summit is really great.