Tour du Cervin day 9: Villa Evolène (then Arolla)

This walk is part of the trek The Matterhorn Tour.

A long stage through two passes however, shortened by the cable car link in Zinal and the coach transfer between Villa Evolène and Arolla.

Warning: Taking into account the cable car transport, the positive altitude isn't 2156 m as indicated but only 1380 m.

Technical sheet
No. 4098402
A Ayer walk posted on 31/03/15 by Tamtraductions. Update : 23/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 13h35[?]
Distance Distance : 16.23mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 7073ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 5899ft
Highest point Highest point : 9541ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 5440ft
Very difficult Difficulty : Very difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : Alps
Location Location : Ayer
Starting point Starting point : N 46.138287° / E 7.624194°
Arrival Arrival : N 46.025588° / E 7.481049°
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Description

Take the Sorebois cable car and start the hike at the upper train station :1::.

Once again, find the Tour du Cervin trail still waymarked white red white (Blanc Rouge Blanc, BRB) and up a pleasant hill, on and off trails and ski slopes you'll reach the first pass of the day, la Corne de Sorebois (1).

At the pass, catch a glimpse of Moiry Lake and its dam. Head down a windy trail towards the dam (2).

As soon as you reach the left bank, start your second climb, that of the "Col de Torrent" (Torrent pass). Cross the mountain pasture heading west leading to Lac des Autannes at high point 2686 (3) before heading up the last slopes of the pass. Once you reach the pass (4) a breath-taking view awaits of the surrounding areas.

Start the long hike down, cutting through agricultural tracks (5), (6) and reaching the Villa hamlet (7) in Evolène's most renowned town.

Then catch the bus that takes you to Arolla (8), and that's it for today.

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. 5440ft
1 : mi 1.08 - alt. 7986ft
2 : mi 2.39 - alt. 9295ft
3 : mi 4.18 - alt. 7310ft
4 : mi 6.46 - alt. 8812ft
5 : mi 7.25 - alt. 9541ft
6 : mi 8.32 - alt. 8159ft
7 : mi 9.5 - alt. 6762ft
8 : mi 10.43 - alt. 5696ft
A : mi 16.23 - alt. 6614ft

Useful Information

At Moiry dam, opportunity to eat and drink at the dam restaurant.
It would be best to take the first cable car in Zinal as it's a long day.
The exact distance in kilometres is specified at (7) Villa in this stage of the hike as well.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Zinal: here, the national alpine skiing teams start training as early as autumn, or at least as soon as the slopes are covered with snow.

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