Mont Fort

Elevation (feet): 10,919
Elevation (meters): 3,328
Continent: Europe
Country: Switzerland
Range/Region: Pennine Alps
Latitude: 46.080278
Longitude: 7.318889
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Geneve
Convenient Center: Verbier

Thanks to J. Vranjes for adding this peak.

Mont Fort (3328 m) is a mountain to the east from Verbier and to the south from Nendaz. In the south-east direction its first neighbour is Rosablance. It is frequently visited but not frequently climbed, there is a lift up to the top of the mountain, which starts from Col des Gentianes (2894 m), and this lift is connected with several other lifts from the neighbouring valleys.

The climbing route is also from the same Col des Gentianes, which is reached from several directions. One is from Verbier (1526 m) towards the plateau Les Ruinettes (2200 m, lift available from Verbier) and then follows a long pleasant walk at high altitude and great views, in the south-east direction towards La Chaux (or a bus till this point!), and then a bit more steep walk along a wide road in the north-east direction (lift available in this part too). Another approach is from the north (from Siviez) along the Tortin valley. There is yet another approach from Siviez along the Cleuson lake, passing Grand Desert lake and then over Col de Louvie (2921 m), followed by Col la Chaux (2940 m). The latter is a very long tour. Another approach is from Val de Bagnes, first towards Lac de Louvie and then in the north direction towards Col de Louvie and Col la Chaux. All directions are without snow in summer time.

By far the most attractive approach is the one from the Cleuson lake; it is a long all-day tour in a beautiful scenery with several glacier lakes along the route, and most importantly without any sight at all of lifts and cable-towers, just a pure nature.

From Col des Gentianes to the summit the route goes partly over the Glacier de Tortin. This can be avoided by using the ridge to the south of it (on the right from the Col).

Huts: on the west side there is CAS Mont Fort hut (2457 m); on the route from the Cleuson lake there is Ref. de St-Laurent (2485 m). The route from the south passes by the Louvie hut (2213 m).

Thanks to J. Vranjes for this description.