Day 26 : Lac de Salanfe – Cabane Scex Carro 6th July 2013

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.

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Salanfe chapel

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Van d’en Haut chalet

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Gorges du Dialley

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Panoramic view from Cabane de Scex Carro

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Dents du midi morning view

Transition day : going down steeply in forest, crossed vallee and rhone river to go back up steeply through forest

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