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Dent Blanche


The ascent of the Dent Blanche, a magnificent four-thousander in the Canton of Valais, offers fun, satisfaction and big emotions.
PHOTOS

PROGRAM

Dent Blanche is a magnificent mountain, even if not as famous and much less crowded than the Matterhorn. It is also more difficult (there are no fixed ropes!) albeit considerably shorter. With no cable cars that approach it and no great touristy buzz about it, it preserves that ideal of purity that so much of the Alpine region seems to slowly be losing. The normal route along the south ridge is a splendid ascent on mixed terrain, fairly challenging, requiring great concentration when climbing (especially in case of verglas) and an excellent physical condition. Some stretches can be intimidating, and the total rise exceeds 2,500 metres in just two days. The ascent along the ridge can be divides in two parts: rather easy up to the Grand Gendarme, far more demanding in the second half. As you’d expect from such an isolated peak, the panorama from the summit is exceptionally broad, with imposing views of Matterhorn and of the Dent d’Herens.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 1,700 m
Ascent time: 5-6 hours
Meeting point: Ferpècle (Sion, Switzerland), for equipment check and a short briefing with the Guide

A comfortable trail takes us to the Cabane de la Dent Blanche (Rossier) (3,501 m). The hike, though quite long, is beautiful and varied, across the whole spectrum of Alpine landscapes, from pastures to scree and from moraines to majestic glaciers.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 1,700 m
Ascent time: 5-6 hours
Meeting point: Ferpècle (Sion, Switzerland), for equipment check and a short briefing with the Guide

A comfortable trail takes us to the Cabane de la Dent Blanche (Rossier) (3,501 m). The hike, though quite long, is beautiful and varied, across the whole spectrum of Alpine landscapes, from pastures to scree and from moraines to majestic glaciers.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 850 m
Descent gain: 2,500 m
Ascent/descent time: 14-16 hours

We set out at 4:30. The route is taxing from the start, with a steep rocky rib that begins behind the hut. We continue on snow and easy rock sections until we reach the imposing Grand Gendarme. Here begin the challenges, but also the most fascinating parts of the route. A number of grade III and IV sections on excellent rock, often airy, lead us to the final mixed stretch. At last, with immense satisfaction, we reach the summit! The descent is by the same route.
After such a tough day, it is usually recommended to spend one more night at the Dent Blanche Hut, and then tackle the long descent well rested the next day.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 850 m
Descent gain: 2,500 m
Ascent/descent time: 14-16 hours

We set out at 4:30. The route is taxing from the start, with a steep rocky rib that begins behind the hut. We continue on snow and easy rock sections until we reach the imposing Grand Gendarme. Here begin the challenges, but also the most fascinating parts of the route. A number of grade III and IV sections on excellent rock, often airy, lead us to the final mixed stretch. At last, with immense satisfaction, we reach the summit! The descent is by the same route.
After such a tough day, it is usually recommended to spend one more night at the Dent Blanche Hut, and then tackle the long descent well rested the next day.

DETAILS

DURATION
orologio
2 Days
orologio
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY
stelle
high
stelle
FITNESS LEVEL
cuori
very good
cuori
PERSONS
utente
Max 1 for each Mountain Guide
utente
PERIOD
calendario
from 20/06 to 19/09
DURATION
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY
FITNESS LEVEL
PERSONS
PERIOD
2 Days
high
very good
Max 1 for each Mountain Guide
from 20/06 to 19/09
orologio
stelle
cuori
utente
calendario

RATES

1500 € fee per person with 1 participant
The rate includes
  • the assistance of a UIAGM certified Mountain Guide
  • liability insurance
  • loan of shared safety material

The rate does not include
  • research and rescue insurance with UVGAM coverage (recommended): €5 per person for 3 days
  • the hiring of any personal equipment (harness, ice axe, crampons and helmet): €20/day per person while supplies last
  • the Mountain Guide’s expenses (transfers, meals and accommodation) to be covered by participants
  • transfers, meals and accommodation (Cabane Rossier 80CHF per person)
  • anything that is not mentioned under "The rate includes"
Notes
  • It is crucial that participants follow all instructions provided by the mountain guides before and during the activities, and that they accept any changes made to the programme in order to guarantee their safety.
  • Fees for lift facilities, transfers and mountain lodges are subject to changes established and applied by the respective owners without any liability attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
  • The rates listed in the “The rate does not include” section are to be considered merely indicative and are therefore subject to changes.
  • PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides reserves the right to change any route or activity programme based on conditions (weather, accessibility, refuge) and participants’ fitness level.
  • The dates indicated for the activities may change due to weather, snow, or soil conditions, etc. In addition, they depend on the date of opening/closing of the lift facilities, which are established seasonally/yearly by the managing entities of the same and, therefore, are not in any way attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
Notes
  • It is crucial that participants follow all instructions provided by the mountain guides before and during the activities, and that they accept any changes made to the programme in order to guarantee their safety.
  • Fees for lift facilities, transfers and mountain lodges are subject to changes established and applied by the respective owners without any liability attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
  • The rates listed in the “The rate does not include” section are to be considered merely indicative and are therefore subject to changes.
  • PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides reserves the right to change any route or activity programme based on conditions (weather, accessibility, refuge) and participants’ fitness level.
  • The dates indicated for the activities may change due to weather, snow, or soil conditions, etc. In addition, they depend on the date of opening/closing of the lift facilities, which are established seasonally/yearly by the managing entities of the same and, therefore, are not in any way attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
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