Junior came for a visit so naturally we had to go walking. We met at Visp on Saturday morning and then drove to Zinal (1675m) at the end of Val d’Anniviers where we left the car. As is typical for Valais the approach is steep. About half way we reached the little alp hut of Combautanna (2578m) above the waterfall and had our lunch break with cows. This is also where we could first spot our goal for the day, peaking out from behind the clouds. The hut looks relatively close but it is still quite a way out and the path soon leaves the pastures and gets steep again. Eventually though, 4 hours and 1600 vertical meters later, we were enjoying our beer at Cabane de Tracuit (3256m). The hut is practically new as it was completely rebuilt in 2013 and as such is very fancy. And expensive. 10CHF for a bottle of water… Which is why you should drink beer, it’s cheaper 🙂
Anyway the clouds were soon blown in and it got really cold fast so there was no stargazing and after dinner we just hit the bunks. Breakfast at 5, then a short hike with the rest of the hut to the edge of the massive Turtmann glacier where we quickly roped up and hit the ice. The night was cold so everything was nicely frozen and they said there was fresh snow above 3300m. Luckily all the big crevasses are at the start so they were clearly visible but it was still adventurous moving around, overtaking the rest of the big groups and trying not to get tangled in. We were soon clear of the main crowd and started the steep ascent up to the summit. The sun caught up when we reached the ridge but it was still cold and there was probably around 15cm of fresh snow up there. 3 hours later we were standing on top of Bishorn (4153m) getting those pictures. Not for long as the wind was just too cold and we quickly started the long descend back down to the hut where we had some coffee, sorted the gear and then reluctantly started the steep walk down.