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Mont de l'Etoile

Mont de l'Etoile

Mont de l\'Etoile

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Switzerland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.07362°N / 7.44990°E

Object Title: Mont de l'Etoile

Activities: Hiking

Elevation: 11056 ft / 3370 m


Page By: michaelching

Created/Edited: Oct 13, 2012 / Oct 13, 2012

Object ID: 819785

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This is a mountain in the Pennine Alps situated between the Val d'Herens and the Lac des Dix. It lies north-east of the main ridge of the Aiguilles Rouges d'Arolla and just east of the Glacier de Vouasson. It can be hiked from Arolla village in a day via the Cabane des Aiguilles Rouges. No equipment is required in summer and there are only one or two steep sections.

Views from the top are expansive in all directions, including Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and the Bernese Oberland. Nearby peaks including Mont Collon, Pigne d'Arolla, Aiguilles Rouges d'Arolla, Aiguille de la Tsa and the Dent Blanche are all easily visible.

There are two summit areas with the northern one a few metres higher in elevation, but only accessible by a short rock climb (Class 3?). The main route to the lower summit is mainly Class 1 with one short steep Class 2 section.

Getting There

From Sion train station, take the postbus to Arolla village at 2000m. Follow signs from here to Cabane des Aiguilles Rouges. Alternatively, leave the bus at La Gouille, follows signs to the Lac Bleu, and then the Cabane.

From the Cabane a blue/white-marked trail leads west, then turns north to ascend the summit.


Aiguilles Rouges d\'Arolla from the southeastern slopes of Mont de l\'EtoileAiguilles Rouges d\'Arolla from the SW summit of Mont de l\'EtoileZooming in on the Aiguilles Rouges d\'Arolla (3644m) from the SW summit of Mont de l\'EtoilePointe de Darbonneire (3422m) and Pointe de Vouasson (3490m) from right below the SW summit of Mont de l\'EtoileZooming in on Weisshorn and Zinalrothorn from the west, from the edge of Glacier de Vouasson just SW of Mont de l\'EtoilePanorama to the south, with Mont Collon and Pigne d\'Arolla, from the southeastern slopes of Mont de l\'EtoileMont de l\'Etoile SW ridge
Looking along the summit ridge from the SW to the main, NE summit of Mont de l\'Etoile (3370m)Mont de l\'Etoile from high on the NE ridgeA closeup of the Mont de l\'Etoile summit ridge from the WSWMont de l\'EtoileMont de l\'EtoileLooking down from the main summit of Mont de l\'Etoile to the slightly lower SW summitMont de l\'Etoile (3370m) from the SW, from Glacier de Vouasson
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