Trek from Fionay to Saas-Fee

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.

Technical sheet
No. 4098289
A Bagnes walk posted on 07/03/15 by Tamtraductions. Update : 17/05/16
Author's time Author's time : 7 days
Distance Distance : 101.39km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 8355m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 7964m
Highest point Highest point : 2970m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1136m
Very difficult Difficulty : Very difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Bagnes
Starting point Starting point : N 46.033344° / E 7.307153°
Ending point Ending point : N 46.111145° / E 7.929454°

Step by step walk

This walk needs several days, please find the details below.

Valais Day 1: Fionay - Cabane de Louvie (Louvie Hut)

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.

Valais Day 2: Cabane de Louvie - Cabane de Prafleuri (Louvie Hut - Prafleuri Hut)

Second stage of this hike crossing two passes, Louvie Pass and Prafleuri Pass, both snow-covered.

Valais Day 3: Cabane de Prafleuri - Gîte de La Sage (Prafleuri Hut - La Sage Lodge)

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.

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

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.

Valais Day 5: Bella Tola hut - Gruben

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

Valais day 6: Gruben - Grachen

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.

Valais Day 7: Grachen - Saas-Fee

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.

Useful Information

Water sources are available at each stage and their location mentionned in each stage description.

For this long 7 stage trek, the hiker needs:
- minimum training
- to be used to several day treks, for a first timer this trek could be a bit tricky
- respect schedules as there are lots of postal bus connections
- be able to carry a somewhat substantial amount, you're backpack will weigh between 10 and 12 kg
- the European Health card in case of an incident

To carry out the trek we used these accommodations:
D1: Cabane de Louvie,
D2: Cabane de Prafleuri,
D3: Gîte de l'Ecureuil,
D4: Cabane de Bella Tola,
D5: Hôtel Schwarzhorn (Gruben),
D6: Hôtel Alpina (Grachen),
D7: Hôtel Gletschergarten (Saas-Fee).
You can check out the services of these different places on the internet. Transportation costs (ski lifts, buses, trains) are also available.

To complete the daily rundown Smartphone owners can download the SuisseMobile app giving them access to the Suisse "IGN" map which has a lot more detail than the OSM enclosed here.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Zermatt and all the other villages you'll pass by and to finish off, Saas-Fee, another gem nestled at the foot of the huge summits of this mountain range.

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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.

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