/ Zinal - base for first alpine trip

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CasualLime - on 10 Apr 2019

I was looking for a base for a first alpine trip. Previously I have spent a week climbing peaks in Saas-Fee but this year I am taking a friend who has never been alpine climbing before.

Zinal has been recommend both by a friend and articles online because there are no cable cars and the valley is less busy, but I can't seem to find many beginner friendly routes. 

Apart from Bishorn which comes in a F, the rest of the routes in the area seem quite hard and long and start at AD minimum.

Is there something I am missing or is Zinal quite a tough place to start? Should I be looking at routes lower than 4000m around Zinal? Could you recommend somewhere else?

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cb294 - on 10 Apr 2019
In reply to CasualLime:

No, this absolutely correct. Try Arolla next door for easier stuff,

CB

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LakesWinter on 10 Apr 2019
In reply to CasualLime:

The Moiry hut is accessed from just down the Zinal valley and has many easier warm up routes, maybe start there,.....

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colinakmc - on 11 Apr 2019
In reply to CasualLime:

Another recommendation for Arolla, it’s a beautiful valley with multiple 3500+ peaks and F/PD routes. No uplift though and you need to factor in getting your provisions from the big Co-op in Evolene ( 20 mins away in the bus)

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