Walk to the Aiguilles Rouges hut from Satarma, Val d’Hérens, Switzerland

This is another of my favourite walks, which I normally do from Arolla but, for a change, I thought I’d do it in the opposite direction. Parking at La Gouille has become a bit of an issue, due to the number of visitors, so I decided to set off a little further down the road, from Satarma.

I was about three-quarters of the way to the hut, when I heard a rustling sound to my left. A parapentist was sorting out his gear and getting ready to fly. So I paused and decided to take a video. If anyone has not seen them taking off, it’s quite a tense moment, for the observer anyway. So I’ve added it at the end of this post. (Note that there was quite a lot of background wind noise, even though there was hardly any wind, so I’ve set it to play muted).

8 thoughts on “Walk to the Aiguilles Rouges hut from Satarma, Val d’Hérens, Switzerland

  1. What a glorious adventure you embarked on, Mike, thanks for taking us along. The majestic Alps and all your new-found friends along the way from cows to the marmot, so many magnificent butterflies, and then the hang-glider too! I appreciate your captions under the photo, and enjoyed the slide show. Many times I did not see the mountain huts at first, and looked again with your guidance in the caption. Also really enjoyed the video. Wow, what faith hang-gliding in those isolated mountains entails!

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the gallery. I sometimes wonder whether I should write more detail in the Caption area, but I try to get most of the relevant info into the photo ‘name’. Though WP has a horrible habit of inserting hyphens and not reproducing any accents or special characters correctly. (I’m sure it didn’t used to). I saw the parapentist land to the right of the hut and he was there when I arrived at the hut. (It can feed and sleep up to 80 people btw so not really a ‘hut’ as you might know it). Anyway, I told him about the video and he seemed keen to have a copy of that and the photos, so I gave him a card I’ve had printed (for just such occasions). But he’s not emailed me yet. He took off again shortly after I left the hut and I took picture 23 and another short video. (Let’s hope he’s OK!)

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    • Yes, we tend to call them ‘huts’ but they do feed and sleep quite a few people, so it can be misleading. But I wouldn’t want to call them hotels either! The sleeping arrangements can be all in one or two big rooms. Though some of the newer (or upgraded) ones now have separate rooms for 4, 8 or maybe 12. They do put them in some amazing places though!

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