Aiguille d'Orny

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Aiguille d'Orny
Created On: Aug 27, 2005
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Aiguille d'Orny 3167 m

Aiguille d'Orny is a rocky peak belonging to the Mont Blanc massif, located West of Orsières in the canton of Valais Swiss side. It lies North-East of the glacier called Plateau du Trient on the chain between Arpette Valley to the North and Combe d'Orny to the South. This chain named Arpettes spreads in eastern direction coming from Trient glacier and shows a set of rocky spires overlooking from North the Cabane d'Orny, a Swiss Alpine Club shelter.
The summits lined along the ridge from West to East are Aiguille d'Orny (3150 m), the jewel of the climbing sector of Cabane d'Orny, without name on French official maps and Pointe de la Cabane. From the top of Aiguille d'Orny a shoulder starts heading toward SE, forming a wall facing South. This wall is engraved by a series of couloirs and secondary ridges and spurs that offer different superb climbing routes: South Classic, Jeremiade, quiche Moraine and the carpet (from left to right). South Classic is the easiest.

Summit of Aiguille d'Orny
Summit of Aiguille d'Orny
Aiguille d'Orny (June 2005)
Aiguille d'Orny

Developed by the Cabane d'Orny guardian Raymond Angeloz, the climbing routes run on an extraordinary structured and colored granite.
The highest point near the Trient hut is the rock chaos of Pointe d'Orny 3271 m. No comparison with the fine shape of the Aiguille with the same name. In eastern direction we find the Arpette collar, the Arpette needles with Aiguille de la Cabane, the Breya collar and the Breya summit near Champex.

Getting There

The starting point is the small village of Champex m. 1466, near the town of Martigny (Switzerland).

Road approach

- From Milan and Turin: follow the A5 Motorway. Exit Aosta Est and follow the road S27 towards the Tunnel of Gran San Bernardo or the Col of Gran San Bernardo, getting to Martigny and Champex.

- From Chamonix: follow towards North the road to Argentiere and the France-Switzerland border, getting to Champex.

Aiguille d'Orny map
Aiguille d'Orny map

Walking approach

From Champex mt. 1466 you can get by chair-lift (in summer open from 8.30 AM to 17.15 PM) to the upper station of La Breya and then follow the good trail to the Cabane d'Orny (2,15 hours from Champex).
Alternatively the approach entirely by walking requires 4,30 hours from Champex to the shelter. The hut is situated in a spectacular position, overlooking the Orny Glacier and Petit Clocher du Portalet, near the small lake named Lac de l’Ancient Cabane.

Info about the chair-lift:  Chairlift La Breya

Routes overview

Aiguille d'Orny and Orny...
Aiguille d'Orny and Orny...
Aiguille d'Orny (June 2005)
Aiguille d'Orny (June 2005)

There are 8 climbing routes about 200 meters long on the spire. Maybe the best route is Geremiade on the SW face.
All the routes' reports are written in a big notebook at Orny hut.

Other best known routes :

- Classical SW face D

Jérémiade SW face route  TD/TD+

- Quiche moraine TD/TD+

The rock is ochre, sometimes a bit fussy but the climb is very homogeneous.

Climbing in the Orny sector

Sunset on Petit Clocher du Portalet
Sunset on Petit Clocher du Portalet from the hut
Aiguille d'Orny summit ridge
Aiguille d'Orny summit ridge

There are many other climbing possibilities in the Orny sector :

1) Plan de l'Arche : 20 routes

2) Les Calanques : 1 route

3) Ecole d'escalade : 16 routes

4) Côté Parc : 5 routes

5) Aiguille de la cabane : 5 routes
- Bon accueil
- Tichodrome
- Namaste

6) Gendarmes d'Orny : 11 routes

7) Côté Jardin : 10 routes

Red Tape

There are not particulary restrictions in climbing and hiking.

When To Climb

The best period goes from middle June to the end of September


Cabane d'Orny
Cabane d'Orny
View from Cabane d'Orny
View from Cabane d'Orny

- Cabane d'Orny  m. 2831   SAC (Swiss Alpine Club “Les Diablerets”)

Situation: Swiss side of Mont Blanc Group - Left shore of Orny Glacier, between two little lakes
Open: open all year long, guarded in summer from 10.06 to 20.09
Size: 90 persons + 30 in the winter-shelter
Guardians: Patricia and Raymond Angeloz - Pradurand 1991 Salins
Hut's phone : 0041 277831887

Guidebook and maps

Monte Bianco classico e plaisir guidebook
Monte Bianco classico e plaisir
Guidebook Schweiz Plaisir West
Schweiz Plaisir West


"Monte Bianco classico e plaisir" by Marco Romelli - Idea Montagna edizioni

"Schweiz Plaisir West"
by Andreas Mürner – Edition Filidor, 2012

"Schweiz Plaisir West" by Jurg von Kanel – Edition Filidor

"Entremont Escalades" by Olivier Roduit, 2011

"Guide du Valais - du Trient au Nufenen" by Hermann Biner, 1996


IGN 3630OT Chamonix - Massif du Mont Blanc
Swiss National map 1:25 000 Sheet 1345 Orsières
Swiss National map 1:50 000 Sheet 282 Martigny


Webcam Tele Champex
Meteo Wallis
Meteo Chamonix