Les Diablons

Elevation (feet): 11,841
Elevation (meters): 3,609
Continent: Europe
Country: Switzerland
Range/Region: Pennine Alps
Latitude: 46.142212
Longitude: 7.671316
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Geneve and Bern
Convenient Center: Sion

Thanks to J. Vranjes for adding this peak.

Les Diablons (3609 m) is the peak in a long chain between Turtmanntal and Val d’Annivers, to the east of Zinal. It can be climbed from both valleys. The normal route starts from the west side, from Zinal (1675 m). The access road to Zinal is excellent, no tax. One possibility is to drive from the village for another kilometer along the river towards the end of the valley till the end of the road, and then to continue following a very steep but pleasant route through the woods in the east direction towards Combautanna, a large pasture area at around 2500 m. Keep Roc de la Vache peak (2581 m) in sight for orientation because the route passes it from the south side. Another way is to start directly from the village following the route towards Cab. De Tracuit. This is a long and boring walk without shade that can be very tiring in summer. This route joins the other at Combautanna area. From there you can already see Cab. De Tracuit at 3256 m and follow the route towards the hut until 2930 m.

From 2930 m the route to the peak splits and goes along the south-west ridge in the north-east direction, passing Diablons des Dames (3405 m) before reaching Les Diablons in the north.

To start from the Cab. De Tracuit (3256 m) you will have to descend to p. 2930 m and then to continue along the south-west ridge route.

From Turtmanntal the peak can be climbed directly from the end of the road at Vorden Sanntum (1900 m), after passing Gruben (good access road starts in the village Turtmann), or from Turtmann hut in about 6 hours. This implies passing very crevassed Turtmann glacier.

Thanks to J. Vranjes for this description.