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 : 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
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.
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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.
Second stage of this hike crossing two passes, Louvie Pass and Prafleuri Pass, both snow-covered.
An easy climb reaching part of Zermatt ski slopes, extending to an uphill-downhill balcony trail leading to the famous Europahutte (Hut).
Watch out: The Himalayan footbridge just before Europahutte is currently out of service. You'll need to head down to Randa valley along the second blue marked trail on the map before heading back up to the hut (allow for 2 extra hours).
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.
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.
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.
Warm-up walk to reach the Prarayer refuge along the right bank of the lake.
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.
Stage starting in pasture which quickly heads into the high mountains passing through the Valcornera pass.
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