Monte Rosa ( Castor & Pollux )

Day 4: Guide de Val d’Ayas  – Zwillinge Joch – Castor – Felik Joch –  Quintino Sella hut

Like in the previous day, we start the hike around 5 – 5:30 a.m on the same track on the Verra glacier, heading towards Zwillinge Joch. From here we follow the route on the south west face of Castor.

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Projection

The shadows of Castor and Pollux separated by Zwillinge saddle, projected by the sunrise

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Ascending the south-west face of Castor

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Getting closer to the summit of Castor

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What a nice trail lies ahead of us!

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The entire south west face of Castor seen from above. Pollux seems so small now!

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Above the clouds

 

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Monte Rosa. Castor

Solitaire on the cloudy and airy boulevard

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The snow ridge of Castor

After one hour spent on top, we descent slowly tle long snowy ridge towards Felik pass, which is actualy a vast plateau that lies between Castor and Lyskamm.

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While descending to Felik Pass, we keep looking back at Castor. Awesome peak indeed!

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Lyskamm West (left) and Lyskamm East (right)

We would’ve liked so much to climb Lyskamm! Next time!

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Descending from Felik Pass.

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Looking down into the abyss and icy chaos of Lys glacier.

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The south side of Punta Felik

The south side of Punta Felik

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In the afternoon, we reach Quintino Sella hut, situated at an altitude of 3585m on a nice plateau, surrounded by majestic peaks and astounding views.

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Lyskamm East and Passo del Nasso

Day 5: A day of pure lazyness at 3585 m alt. on the nice veranda of the hut, hypnotized by the surroundings. We had the privilege to sleep 2 nights here and such a long time to contemplate the nature!

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Apart

Day 6:

We started the very long descent and also very steep, from 3585 m to 1800 m at Staffal, Gressoney-La-Trinité, on the Lys valey.

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A lot of fixed cords and even a bridge on the  narrow cliff right as you start the descent from the hut.

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Neverending Lys valley.

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Day 7: Long way back home

Here is a link to a short video on youtube, edited by my friend:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovzgmK-rVc4

 

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