This walk is part of the trek Trek from Fionay to Saas-Fee.
A long climb to Torrent Pass before reaching Moiry Lake, then Saint-Luc by bus, Tignousa by cable car and finally Bella Tola by foot.
Think about correcting the distance indicated by points (5) et (6) : you need to deduct 10 km.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) Start from "gîte de la Sage" (La Sage Lodge) and begin a long paved uphill climb towards Prés de Villaz (D).
You'll then get to solid ground and follow the long windy bends through Cotter alpine pasture (1) leading to Torrent Pass (2916 m) (2).
Start a long hike down towards Moiry Lake. A quick stop at the great Autannes Lake allows for a small break on this trip which then continues through the Torrent alpine pasture (4) linked to a forest path at the Moiry dam (5).
Catch the busses heading to Grimentz, Vissoie then Saint-Luc. In Saint-Luc take a ride on the cable car down to the upper station (6).
Take a perfectly waymarked (sign posts) path towards the large Bella Tola hut (7), marking the end of this stage.
D : mi 0 - alt. 5423ft
1 : mi 0.95 - alt. 6027ft
2 : mi 3.09 - alt. 8510ft
3 : mi 3.86 - alt. 9537ft
4 : mi 4.59 - alt. 8829ft
5 : mi 5.44 - alt. 8182ft
6 : mi 7.08 - alt. 7385ft
7 : mi 13.59 - alt. 7149ft
A : mi 14.05 - alt. 7684ft
Water in the streams, needs to be purified.
No shelter but opportunity to have a break at Autannes Lake.
Food and beverage at Moiry Lake.
Remember, buses here are on time and won't wait so take into account bus timetables, you must arrive in Saint-Luc before the last cable car leaves.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
Le Cervin: located right in front of you, one of the highlights of the day will be relaxing on the Bella Tola hut terrace (7) to admire it.
A high mountain stage which requires hiking boots with crampons to cross the Arolla glacier. You should get an early start for this long stage of the hike.
A long stage through two passes however, shortened by the cable car link in Zinal and the coach transfer between Villa Evolène and Arolla.
Warning: Taking into account the cable car transport, the positive altitude isn't 2156 m as indicated but only 1380 m.
An unusual stage today: it starts with a downhill hike before a long climb uphill, a second descent and a ski lift ride followed by a walk over flatland and a bus ride to the lodge.
First phase in the Saint-Luc skiing area before heading along the Tour de Cervin trail and completing the stage at Gruben.
Second stage of this hike crossing two passes, Louvie Pass and Prafleuri Pass, both snow-covered.
In the Swiss valley, this particularly pleasant hike allows you to explore the many 4000 m peaks that surround the route.
N.B. this route is outlined on Openmap which doesn't have the details of our fine IGN maps. Before being able to get your hands on a Swiss map, which are more precise, the route and GPS layouts will be handy for this pleasant trek.
First stage of this trek linking Fionay village to Saas Fee. A pleasant stage reaching Louvie Hut (la Cabane de Louvie) built on the edge of Louvie Lake.
Today's stage is divided into three: from Gruben to Jungu by foot, Jungu to Saint-Niklaus by cable car and Saint-Niklaus to Grachen by coach.
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