Valais Day 4: Refuge de la Sage - Cabane Bella Tola (La Sage Lodge - Bella Tola Hut)

A Evolène walk posted on 04/04/15 by bernardino. Update : 17/05/16

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.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 9h55[?]
Distance Distance : 22.61km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1453m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 764m
Highest point Highest point : 2907m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1653m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : Alps
Location Location : Evolène
Starting point Starting point : N 46.098632° / E 7.513917°
Arrival Arrival : N 46.233064° / E 7.614124°


(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.

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 1.54 - alt. km 1.54
2 : km 4.98 - alt. km 4.98
3 : km 6.22 - alt. km 6.22
4 : km 7.39 - alt. km 7.39
5 : km 8.76 - alt. km 8.76
6 : km 11.39 - alt. km 11.39
7 : km 21.87 - alt. km 21.87
A : km 22.61 - alt. km 22.61

Useful Information

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.

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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During the walk or to do/see around

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.

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