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

This walk is part of the trek Trek from Fionay to Saas-Fee.

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.

Technical sheet No. 4098599

A Hérémence walk posted on 07/03/15 by Tamtraductions. Last update : 17/05/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 9h25[?]
Distance Distance : 19.76 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1,315 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 2,289 m
Highest point Highest point : 2,695 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1,347 m
Very difficult Difficulty : Very difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : Alps
Location Location : Hérémence
Starting point Starting point : N 46.074935° / E 7.378253°
Ending point Ending point : N 46.098628° / E 7.514981°
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Reaching the beginning of the trail (D) leave the Alpenpässe path to the left and take the downhill trail towards a path overlooking "Lac des Dix" (1).

Get to the lake's vast platform and its impressive hotel (2). Then start a downhill hike leaving the windy road heading to the lake to the right-hand side.

(3) Take to trail leading to Méribé pasture (4). Follow this trail heading north until you get to Noveli pasture (5).

Head due east and after a few tight bends, swerve south-east smoothly reaching Meina or Méribé Pass (6).

Start the hike down due north-east, then east, crossing Pas d'Arpilles (7); then heading in a north-east direction which leads you to Lana upper ski lift station (8). Catch the ski lift taking you down to Lana (9).

Locate the large path leading to Evolène bus station (10). Take a ride on the bus to get to La Sage lodge ("gîte de La Sage") (11).

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 2,639 m
1 : km 0.05 - alt. 2,634 m
2 : km 2.05 - alt. 2,440 m
3 : km 2.55 - alt. 2,334 m
4 : km 3.87 - alt. 1,884 m
5 : km 4.53 - alt. 2,027 m
6 : km 6.71 - alt. 2,093 m
7 : km 9.24 - alt. 2,695 m
8 : km 11.03 - alt. 2,461 m
9 : km 13.63 - alt. 2,133 m
10 : km 15.25 - alt. 1,397 m
11 : km 17.96 - alt. 1,374 m
A : km 19.76 - alt. 1,666 m

Useful Information

Water available in the torrents and also fountains along the way (Lac des Dix, Méribé and Noveli pastures).

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

Evolène: significant in this part of the Francophile Valais, this beautiful village deserves a quick visit.

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