Leaving the house of god 6:30am. Bright blue sky
7:25am 1421m reached Van d’en Haut camping ground
Hot shower available for 1CHF but could not find out how it worked…
Cute village & chalet in Van d’en Haut
8:10am 1394m Col de la Matze. Via alpina goes down towards Auberge du Vallon de Van.
8:25am going down Gorges du Dailley (quite impressive).
Following Les granges/Salvan direction. View of the Martigny vallee
8:50am 1140m meet woman with patou dog picking up Oxalys flower near wood hut/shelter.taking way down left
9am came back to the hut/shelter.there is a 3rd path going down behind the hut.
9:20am reached a place called Marmittes Glacieres.Nice view on the Martigny vallee from there but wrong way. GPX file downloaded from via alpina website is misleading and shows a trail that no longer exists (or difficult to find)
Asked a day hiker to take a look to his map. Need to go to Les granges first.
9:40am 1071m just before Les granges. Marked Le marcot way on left.Following it
10:10am 919m catched up with wide path called (route des diligences). Vernayaz first mark down steeply in laces
11am 500m touched down Vernayaz.quite a few things to care of before hiking up the opposite side of the mountain right in front.
12:25am leaving Vernayaz. On the way passed by a cherry tree loaded with red delicacies and all i could hear was : “Eat me, Eat me, Pick me up please”
Picked up about a kg…
12:45am Pont de Dorenaz 461m catched up via alpina trail and crossing Rhone river.
Alesse marked 1h20.Dorenaz marked 15mins. A trail going up steep is marked Champex d ‘alesse 2h…may be shorter but want to fill up my stomach before going up…
1:50pm leaving Dorenaz after stopping for lunch. 25CH for piece of frozen meat, frozen vegetables & frozen french fries. Very bad service here in “Le relais” restaurant in Dorenaz.
2:50pm Alesse 937m. Scex Carro marked 3h.Going up steeply all the way in the forest.
3:15pm Champex d’Alesse 1123m.Col du Demecre marked 4h.Portail de Fully marked 3h20.Cabane Scex Carro marked 2h25
Followed T2R (tour des 2 rives) markers from la Giete to reach L’Au de l’Alesse 1958m at 5:05pm.
There is an open wood hut here and also a big wood table with roof.
Cabane Scex Carro marked 5min.Col de Demecre marked 1h35.Lacs de Fully marked 1h30
Arrived cabane Sex Carro 5:30pm 15CHF (very good value for money)
Distance covered : 26,3km
Walking time : 7h10
Resting time : 4h
Date : saturday 6th july 2013
Weather : hot & sunny
Fabrice 31 refuge keeper his here for a 3 days rotation.Owner here are the Dorenaz ski club.Probably the cheapest cabane available in all Valais.
View on the Mont Blanc from here & Dents du midi.
Shared a pasta carbonara dinner with Fabrice and his friends. Nice & quiet here.Great atmosphere in the Scex Carro cabane.
Van d’en Haut chalet
Gorges du Dialley
Panoramic view from Cabane de Scex Carro
Dents du midi morning view
Transition day : going down steeply in forest, crossed vallee and rhone river to go back up steeply through forest