THE ULTIMATE HUT TO HUT JOURNEY
Well, this is a crazy day. Originally we were supposed to go from Cabane du Trient to Cabane de Mont Fort, but the guides realized the trip the day after - from Cabane de Mont Fort to Cabane des Dix would be too much for our group. Two itineraries were proposed: Option 1) Ski down to Champex, and take bus to Arolla, stay in hotel, and ascend to Cabane des Dix the next day, Option 2) Skin up about a mile on day 3 to a helicopter approved landing area, then Heli over to Rosablanche and continue on to Cabane des Dix by ski that day. Option 2 was only about 120 Fr more per person than Option 1, so all of us went with the Heli option.
Climbing stats part 1 to the Heli landing spot – 1.3 miles (2 km) , 1 hrs 15 minutes, 706 ft (215 M) ascent, 361 ft (110 M) descent
Now it's time to Climb the Rosablanche to the top, climb down, and trek over to the Cabane des Dix. The below image illustrates the next phase.
Climbing stats part 3 to the Rosa Blanche to Cabane des Dix – 7.8 miles (12.6 km), 7 hours, elev gain 2631 ft (802 M), elev loss 3937 ft (1200 M)
After skiing the great snow off of the Rosa Blanche, our descent down to the Lac des Dix was to begin, first was a run down the Couloir du Rosa Blanche, which is well known to the ski racers of the Patrouille du Glacier - the race between Zermatt and Verbier. For an image of what this Couloir looks like filled with racers going up, PICK HERE!