Orny and Trient mountain huts


This hike at the foot of the glaciers passes by two mountain huts in the Champex-Lac region and offers a spectacular view of the Mont Blanc massif.

Experienced hikers will enjoy this demanding hike through a wild and fascinating natural landscape. Begin your ascent with a chairlift journey up to La Breya, during which you can enjoy the vast panorama stretching from Lake Geneva to the Grand Combin. You then follow a path whose narrow and elevated opening section is sure to please hikers with a love of heights. Continue to the moraine of the Orny Glacier, then on to the mountain hut that shares its name. It is recognizable thanks to the bronze ibex that stands at the base of a mast adorned with the Swiss flag. The hike continues across the scree and along the glacier before zigzagging through a final, relatively steep climb up to the Trient mountain hut. Your efforts are then rewarded with a magnificent view of the Trient plateau and the Mont Blanc massif. The return journey follows the same path, with the option of making your way down via the Val d’Arpette or heading back to La Breya. Those looking for more of a challenge can finish the hike on foot instead of taking the chairlift.


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Author\s note

On the way back, take the opportunity to try the La Breya ziplines, located at the cable car mountain station of the same name. At 540m and 520m respectively, they combine to form the longest zipline installation in French-speaking Switzerland.


From Champex, take the La Breya chairlift and follow the signs to Orny mountain hut. The initial section follows a narrow path next to a steep drop that opens up as it climbs towards the ridge and then crosses a broad slope overlooking the Combe d’Orny valley. It then follows the moraine along the Orny Glacier to the cabin of the same name, where you can take your first well-earned break. The route continues across the scree and on the glacier. After passing the lake, head downhill on the compact surface of the Orny Glacier and continue on the snow, following the signage as well as the numerous traces left by the rope routes that have passed through the region. You should not leave the trail under any circumstances and should not hesitate to give up if you are unsure about the weather or conditions on the glacier. Arrows painted on rocks will show you when to leave the glacier and climb the base of the Pointe d’Orny. After a final climb on a very steep slope you’ll arrive at the Trient mountain hut, where the panorama from the terrace will quickly make you forget all the effort you’ve put in. It takes four to five hours to hike the full route and reach this second mountain hut. For the return journey, you have the choice between following the same route in reverse or continuing the hike across the Val d’Arpette. If you take the first option, the La Breya chairlift may be closed if you get back too late, in which case you would have to make the final downhill section on foot.

Getting there

A9 motorway to Martigny, then E27 towards Gd-St-Bernard to Les Valettes, then follow “Champex”.

Large free parking lot from the Breya chairlift

Access by train to Orsières, then by bus to Champex, chairlift. The Breya chairlift is open every day from mid-June to mid-September.

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