Although there are a few more low clouds around than I’d like, the sunny weather in the Val d’Hérens continues. So yesterday I set off to walk up to the top of the 2,998m (9,836ft) Pic d’Artsinol. However, I have to admit that I cheated, by driving the 2k (1.5 miles) to Lannaz and then taking the chairlift up to Chemeuille, which saved me around 700m (2,300ft) of climbing. Though, to be fair, I did go via the Col de la Meina and over the ridge from there before walking all the way down. 🙂
During the ascent, I was contemplating how few butterflies there were, compared to the opposite, and perhaps more sunny, side of the valley. So I thought this post would be more about the magnificent views from the top. But during my descent, a butterfly caught my eye, which turned out to be a Brimstone, which I’ve certainly never seen before. (See pic 28). I also captured another, very colourful, one (see pic 30), which I could not find in my little book. So if anyone has any ideas, please let me know.
I’ve also added a map or two at the end to give you a feel for the route taken and the terrain.