The Matterhorn Tour Day 1: The Léchère - Prarayer Refuge

A Bionaz walk posted on 30/03/15 by bernardino. Update : 17/11/16

This walk is part of the trek The Matterhorn Tour.

Warm-up walk to reach the Prarayer refuge along the right bank of the lake.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h45[?]
Distance Distance : 4.46km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 184m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 134m
Highest point Highest point : 2022m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1957m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : Alps
Location Location : Bionaz
Starting point Starting point : N 45.899788° / E 7.490252°
Arrival Arrival : N 45.921137° / E 7.533039°

Description

Park at the large Place à Moulin lake car park (S).

Take the wide path along the lake on its left bank.

(D) This track takes you to Prarayer refuge, named Itinerario 9 Rifugio Prarayer. It is a route taken by the inhabitants of this village, so be vigilant of the many cars driving by. The refuge is also an area for walks for the inhabitants of the Aosta Valley, and you will meet many of them on the way.

Continue north-east to the entrance of the Prarayer hamlet (1), and you will soon see the refuge.

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 2.35 - alt. km 2.35
A : km 4.46 - alt. km 4.46

Useful Information

RAS, the path is clearly visible, it is used by many tourists going to or returning from the refuge.

Click here to see how to reach the starting point.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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