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Sasseneire, Valais, Switzerland

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The Sasseneire, at 3254m, offers splendid views of the Val d'Hérens and Val d'Arolla to the west, and the Val d'Anniviers and Val de Zinal to the east. To the south, a veritable natural barrier, you can admire the great glaciers of the Zinalrothorn and Dent Blanche, at over 4000m. It's an out-and-back trek, but there's just as much to see on the way up as on the way back. The final ridge from the Col de Torrent to the summit is more demanding, with a few aerial and exposed passages to negotiate. A not-to-be-missed outing, a great choice for a 3000m climb and a superb panorama.

Technical summary

Type ✦ Hiking

Location ✦ Grimentz

Region ✦ Valais

Country ✦ Switzerland

Length ✦ 13kms

Difference in altitude ✦ 1000m

Difficulty ✦ MD

Max altitude ✦ 3254m

Duration ✦ 4h30 to 5h

Interest ✦ ★★★

Access to the place

After Sion and at Sierre, head for Vissoie then Grimentz. Go up into the village and take the road to Moiry (Barrage). After a few kilometers of ascent, you'll arrive at the parking lot next to the dam and reservoir.

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Itinerary description

Hiking to the start 5'

Cross the dam and follow the road uphill. A little further up, you'll find the signs and path leading to the Col de Torrent.

Course 2h30

This is an out-and-back trek. The route is obvious, and as soon as you're in the Alpine pastures, you can see all the way to the summit. No equipment is required, the only difficulty being the few passages on the final ridge, which are steep and exposed in places but not technically demanding.


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Part 1: Col de Torrent (2910m, 1h30)

The trail twists and turns and climbs steadily until it reaches the Alpages de Torrent with a few huts. Continue along the wide path that climbs and soon reaches the Lac des Autannes. The pass to be reached and the Sasseneire peak are clearly visible. Continue along the well-marked footpath, which winds gently upwards through the combe to the Col de Torrent and the splendid view of the Val d'Hérens on the other side.


Part 2: Sasseneire (3254m, 1h)

Rather than attacking the ridge directly, descend 50m on the Val d'Hérens side to take the path leading off to the right into the scree (avoiding an exposed de-escalation passage on the ridge). The path crosses then climbs steeply in very short laces to reach the ridge. From here, we more or less follow the ridge on a comfortable path, sometimes flush with the void. It's a steep climb and you can feel it, especially as you pass the 3000m mark fairly quickly. The summit is further away than you can see. We end up on a narrower ridge, with a few easy cracks, to reach the summit. Impressive 360° views!

Back

From the summit, follow the trail in the opposite direction to the Col de Torrent, the Lac des Autannes, the Alpages and the dam.

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