By height, Garde de Bordon (3310 m) is not so prominent compared with other mountains in the area. However, it covers a larger area than any of the nearby mountains. Garde de Bordon splits Val d’ Anniverse into two parts. On maps, you will find it between village Zinal and the Moiry lake, in Wallis province of Switzerland. In this page, you have the description of the route to the summit from the Moiry lake side.
[Vivaldi: Cum dederit (Nisi Dominus)]
The coordinates of the mountains are:
- Latitude 46.120782
- Longitude 7.597307.
The only access road is from the Rhone valley in the north. You take the road from Sierre, along Val d’ Anniverse in the direction of Zinal and Grimentz. If you choose Grimentz, you will pass the village and continue toward Moiry lake. The road is good regardless which direction you take.
From both valleys, you will follow the signs to Corne de Sorebois and Col de Sorebois (2835 m). If you are not purist, from the Zinal side you may use a lift up to 2438 m. From the Moiry lake dam (2249 m), walk to Col de Sorebois. The lake dam can be reached by car or by a post bus from Grimentz. This is the same access as in the case of Sasseneire and Pigne de la Le described within this site, and also at Peakware.
From Col de Sorebois the route follows the long ridge for at least 2.5 km in the south direction. You are almost all the time above 3000 meters so you can imagine views on every side. Photos given below will show you how it all looks like. On the right are Becs de Bosson (3149 m), Tsevalire (Tsavolire, 3026 m), Sasseneire (3254 m) etc. Far in front of you are Pigne de la Le, Dent Blanche (4357 m), Zinalrothorn (4221 m) and even further Matterhorn (4478 m). On the left, you will see Bishorn (4153 m), Weisshorn (4506 m), and many others. The list is far from complete.
The route is marked only by cairns, but it is visible and obvious. Only one place may be difficult, it is at 2/3 of the route from the Col to the summit. This is a steep stone wall with a couloir which you enter from the lake side of the ridge. The rock is unstable and the area is steep. It continues with a cliff where a rope of about 6-8 meters is fixed, and you will have to climb along the rope.
After this section, the rest is a very simple walk to the summit. From the summit, it is possible to descend along the southwest ridge to Comba Rossa and further toward the glacier lake and the car parking. This is the starting place for the route to Pigne de la Le.
I climbed Garde de Bordon in 2012. I was camping below Moiry hut and in the morning went by car to the car parking at the Moiry dam. From there I followed the route towards Sorrebois pass. This was a pleasant walk over meadows.
After arriving at the the pass (2835 m), I continued the long ridge walk which is in the south direction. At the rocky couloir with the fixed rope, by mistake I left my walking poles. My original plan was to traverse the mountain, but due to that mistake, later I had to descend the same way.
I was at the summit for more than one hour, enjoying breathtaking views and perfect weather conditions. The photos above depict these memorable moments. From the car parking to the summit it took me 3 hours and 40 minutes. Only two other people were on the mountain that day, they arrived at the summit when I was about to leave, therefore only pure nature on my photos here.
I shall be happy to answer any question regarding this mountain, so please use the comment area below.