Col des Ignes Walk, Val d’Hérens, Switzerland

The forecast for the week was (indeed still is) bright, with sun followed by more sun, so I just had to do a new walk, which I’ve been promising myself for the past year or so.  The route sets off from Arolla and climbs to the Pas de Chevres, with its infamous set of (now new) ladders, before dropping down slightly and turning right up to the Col des Ignes at 3,183m or 10,443 ft.  From there the path descends quite steeply before returning to Arolla via the Remointse de Pra Gra.

During my drive up to Arolla, I noticed that the grass was all covered in frost and the car warned me that the temperature had dropped to 3 degrees, so I wondered if my fleece and light windproof top would be enough.  But I needn’t have worried as within 20 minutes of setting off, the fleece was off and it never went back on all day.  With hardly a breath of wind, it turned out to be THE most perfect day for walking in the Alps… 😊

12 thoughts on “Col des Ignes Walk, Val d’Hérens, Switzerland

    • Hi Jet. Glad you liked the photos. It was certainly a beautiful day for walking in the mountains. That creature was/is a goat – also known as an Alpine Ibex. There were 3 of them altogether but that was the best photo I took from about 40 yards away. They are incredible climbers – take a look at this amazing video of some of them on a dam wall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwzwN_CAkdE Good luck with your move tomorrow, you must be so relieved to get back home after all that time away.

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