CABANE D’ESSERTZE TO CABANE AIGUILLE ROUGE
Bonus Peak: Mont de l’Etoile (3370m) 5km, 600m+/-
Stage two continues from hut to hut without passing low into the valleys. A high traverse above the Val d’Hérémence leads to the Grande Dixence, the world’s highest gravity dam. From there, it's a flat run on the gravel road alongside the Lac de des Dix before climbing over the Pas de Chèvre and heading into the Val d'Arolla and the Cabane Aiguille Rouge.
Stage 2 brings in views of Mont Blanc de Cheilon, Mont Collon, and carries you into the Val d'Hérens.
When you enter a pasture: The information boards indicate access to the protected pasture. Behave calmly, do not scare the animals and do not frighten them. If you are on the bike, get off and push the bike, as pedestrians slow down your pace.
- There are no refueling points along this wild stage.
- The huts provide dinner and breakfast. You can also purchase a sack lunch and snacks from the hut.
Mont de l’Etoile (3370m) 5km, 600m+/-
Follow cairns along the rocky ridge. An out and back for some extra meters. Grade: T3
Cabane Aiguille Rouge The Cab. Aiguille Rouge is situated above Arolla at 2810m. Check the website for seasonal opening dates.
It's possible to descend to Arolla from the Pas de Chèvre if needed. From the Cab. d’Essertze to Arolla, an adjusted stage becomes 26km with 1291+/1418-, but makes for a bigger Stage 3.
Starting the day through low scrub above the Val d’Hérémence.
The long traverse on the way to Lac des Dix.
After running the length of Lac des Dix, you'll enter rockier terrain on the way to the Pas de Chévre.
Over the Pas de Chèvre is the best way between the Hérémence and Hérens valleys. Since 2014, the pass has been easy to cross thanks to new ladders and catwalks.
Descending the Pas de Chèvre above the Val d'Arolla.
Smooth, winding trail for the last climb of the stage to the Cab. Aiguille Rouge.
Ending on a high, you spend the second night at Cab. Aiguille Rouge, at over 2800 meters.