Valais Day 5: Bella Tola hut - Gruben

A Saint Luc 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.

First phase in the Saint-Luc skiing area before heading along the Tour de Cervin trail and completing the stage at Gruben.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h10[?]
Distance Distance : 10.29km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 508m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1021m
Highest point Highest point : 2780m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1821m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : Alps
Location Location : Saint Luc
Starting point Starting point : N 46.232895° / E 7.614315°
Arrival Arrival : N 46.211072° / E 7.705467°


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).

Waypoints :
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

Useful Information

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 the walk or to do/see around

During this stage, you just need to look up, the surrounding summits are a feast for the eyes.

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