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.
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.
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.
D : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 2.35 - alt. km 2.35
A : km 4.46 - alt. km 4.46
RAS, the path is clearly visible, it is used by many tourists going to or returning from the refuge.
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Oste, capital of the Val d'Aosta region.
Undertaken over 10 days, this circuit around the Matterhorn is outstanding. Each day it takes you over the 4000 m peaks of this alpine range. As it is located in 2 countries, Italy and Switzerland, it also brings you into contact with three European languages: Italian, German and also French in Valais in Switzerland.
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.
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.
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 Tour du Cervin alternative today, visiting the north side of the colossal peak before reaching Zermatt.
Stage starting in pasture which quickly heads into the high mountains passing through the Valcornera pass.
Discover the giant that resides here, the splendid Matterhorn itself, before getting a closer look in the evening at the Gandeg cabin.
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.
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