After being evacuated from the campsite in Arolla due to landslides we headed down to Les Haudères. Due to an unsettled forecast we spent a few days doing day walks rather than heading up to the big mountains.

The first walk was the ridge directly above the campsite, we walked up to the Col de Torrent and then aimed to walk along the ridge over the Pointe du Prélet and along to the Pointe du Tsate.

The walk up to the Col de Torrent had lovely views up the valley towards the Pigne d’Arolla and down the valley towards some mountains north of the Rhone valley. As we were leaving the col we were treated to a close flypast by a bearded vulture which was stunning.

The ridge was fantastic, with great views in every direction, some good scrambling and plenty more wildlife. Unfortunately we got to within 100m of the Pointe du Tsate and had to turn back due to a climb and some loose rocks which we weren’t willing to do without ropes. Thankfully the forecast thunderstorm did not arrive!

The next day we planned on climbing the Pic d’Artsinol but decided to turn back due to the weather looking like it was closing in.

Looking back towards the Pigne d’Arolla

Stunning alpine scenary

At the start of the ridge

Lots of big mountains

On the first summit

Big Ibex

Great views on the ridge

Becky high above Les Haudères

Scrambling on the ridge

High mountains starting to close in

Scrambling on the quick return

Walking up towards Pic d’Artsinol