This walk is part of the trek Trek from Fionay to Saas-Fee.
First phase in the Saint-Luc skiing area before heading along the Tour de Cervin trail and completing the stage at Gruben.
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.
Head south-east on a large path (D), and cross the skiing area at the top end of Saint-Luc. Go past Coutta lower station (1), crossing the ski lift from Chalet Blanc (2) (not present on the map).
Walk through the virtually flat Armina alpine pasture heading towards to Armina Lake (3).
After a few hundred metres, you'll reach a trail leading to Bella Tola Lake then to the eponymous summit.
Take this track to the right, reaching the Tour de Cervin trail (signage and Swiss White Red White waymarks) and approaching Meidpass pass (4) from the left through a few bends.
Start the hike down towards Meidsee Lake (5) and along a long trail through the alpine pasture you'll reach Meide Hamlet (6). You'll end the downhill hike through a forest with a few mild bends, reaching the stage of the day, the Gruben Schwarzhorn hotel (8) (l'hôtel de Schwarzhorn de Gruben).
D : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.97 - alt. km 0.97
2 : km 1.7 - alt. km 1.7
3 : km 3.94 - alt. km 3.94
4 : km 5.33 - alt. km 5.33
5 : km 6.27 - alt. km 6.27
6 : km 8.46 - alt. km 8.46
A : km 10.29 - alt. km 10.29
Water available in streams and the Meide fountains
Pleasant stop at Meidsee Lake (when the weather is nice of course).
Meide experience: it was hot when we arrived in Meide with the Swiss flag displayed on top of a chalet in this beautiful hamlet. So I said in a rather loud voice "great a refreshment bar, we can have a beer". Then someone with a strong Swiss accent replies: "there's no refreshment bar here, but there's beer in the 4x4". And so he gets out some beer for us and shows us around the chalet... a real gem. So we then stayed at least an hour talking, and about what? About mountains of course!
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During this stage, you just need to look up, the surrounding summits are a feast for the eyes.
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 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.
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.
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.
The next stage to this mountain hike with a stop at Saint-Luc then a transfer by postbus to Zinal.
Beautiful mountain stage going through a pass by the name of Augstbordpass.
A new balcony stage at the foot of high summits separating the Zermatt and Saas Fee valleys.
So here's the last stage of this itinarary and what a stage! A delightful climb reaching Hannigalp to find the well-known balcony trail overlooking the valley leading to Saas Fee.
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