Walk from La Forclaz (VS) to the Col de Bréona and Col du Tsaté, Val d’Hérens, Switzerland (Part 2 of 2)

As I arrived at the Col de Brèona, the clouds were still swirling around. In the mist, I noticed two climbers descending from the Couronne de Bréona. They stopped to remove their harnesses and rope, while I was checking out the cloud cover. About 5 minutes later, the clouds started to clear and I followed the two climbers along the path up to the small, unnamed peak by the side of the col. If you look closely at the first picture, you can see them on the left and on the far end of the ridge in picture 3. They are also visible in photo 5, while two hikers are coming up the path which I would soon take. The climbers turned right into the Val du Moiry.

I’d seen nobody during my ascent to the Col de Bréona, but suddenly the ‘top’ was quite busy with another 2 climbers and around 10 people hiking up to the Col du Tsaté as I descended. Apart from 3 more people at the small lake at Remointse de Tsaté, (one is just about visible in red in pic 13), I saw no-one until I arrived back in La Forclaz. Maintaining a good social distance is rarely an issue while walking in the mountains!

If you missed Part 1 and would like to catch up, please click here.

6 thoughts on “Walk from La Forclaz (VS) to the Col de Bréona and Col du Tsaté, Val d’Hérens, Switzerland (Part 2 of 2)

  1. Mike, it is always such a pleasure to take these (virtual) hikes with you in the Alps. Every single time I am in complete awe at the size of these mountains. I like to do the slide show, because your photos are so breathtaking. When I came to the fifth one with the hikers and climbers I gasped. What a towering and immense mountain! The people give it a nice size-perspective. Also enjoyed the butterflies, always a treat, and the flowers, espec. the bellflowers growing out of rock. Wonderful post, thanks so much.

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    • Hi Jet. Many, many thanks for your wonderful comments. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the gallery of photos. I was hoping those 2 climbers (in pic 3 too) would give it some scale. On the other side of the col to the bellflowers were a host of yellow flowers, (like 100), but I couldn’t get a good photo as there were 2 hikers taking a break and ‘in the way’. It is truly an awesome landscape and I feel extremely fortunate to be able to bring you (& everyone else of course) these pictures. Hope you’re both well. Take care. 😊

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    • Thank you Donna, you’re too kind! That little frog was swimming along just below my feet, but those shots never came out. So it had to be the one where it was clinging to the rock at the side. It was less than an inch long! Nature is truly amazing sometimes.

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  2. I’m catching up on a few hikes that I missed some how. Great photos! The shot with the people in it is amazing! Scale is everything, isn’t it? The butterflies are always a welcome sight too. Even a frog on the journey. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post Mike. Take good care

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