Col de Susanfe - Pass crossing behind the Dents du Midi
The starting point of this hiking route over the Col de Susanfe is the Auberge de Salanfe at the lake for which it is named at an altitude of 1908 m. Here, one proceeds directly from Salvan, or on the preceding SwitzerlandMobility stage of the alpine pass route from Lac d'Emosson over two passes.
The ascent to the Col de Susanfe leads via Lanvouisset and then to the rock face, where a comfortable passage with a handrail was jumped out. Through a desert-like and moon-like landscape one reaches the pass at 2493m, a wide incision between the Haute Cime and the Tour Sallière, the transition to the Val d'Illiez. On the ridge, attentive hikers have a good chance of meeting curious ibex.
The view to the east into the summit world of the Valais high Alps is impressive, from the Weisshorn over the Dent Blanche to the Matterhorn and to the Mont Blanc de Cheillon. Mont Blanc itself hides behind the Tour Sallière in the south. The highest mountain in Europe only appears shortly before the Col des Paresseux in the steep ascent to Haute Cime, the highest peak of the Dents du Midi. This steep detour (additional ascent 2h15) is recommended for well-trained mountaineers.
On the descent towards Champéry lies the fairly simple SAC hut made of stone, in the middle of the secluded Vallon de Susanfe, a popular stage destination on several-day alpine circular walks around the Dents du Midi and in the border area with France. Finally, caution is advised on the further descent over the Pas d'Encel (often damp rock, fixed steel rope). The destination of the pass crossing is the Grand Paradis near Champéry or Alp Barme as a hostel on the Alpine pass trail.