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cabane Louvie to Dixence

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Karte / cabane Louvie to Dixence
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A long, rugged, remote hike over numerous passes, with stretches often filled with snow until late in the summer.  Good weather and energy are a must.  This is a big day.
schwer
Strecke 14,8 km
8:00 h
1.113 hm
1.203 hm
2.987 hm
2.147 hm

We don’t want to scare you, but this stage is one of the most serious hikes of the trip.  Some of the passes to come are longer and steeper, and the distance and elevation doesn’t sound too bad, but the combination of ruggedness, the likelihood of snow on parts of the trail, and the tiring up-and-down nature of the hike make it more difficult than it would first seem. 

It’s also one of the most remote stages of the tour, with no huts, villages or cable car stations enroute.  The trail is consistently high and exposed, not a good hike in bad weather, and extra care is needed in the case of fog or low visibility.  If the weather isn’t right, or you’re not feeling strong, you can skip this hike by following the directions at the end of the page. 

For those who make the hike, it’s a beautifully wild stretch.

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Aktualisierung: 15.02.2022
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Tiefster Punkt
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Asphalt 0,15%Naturweg 3,90%Pfad 95,94%
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Cabane de Louvie
Cabane de Prafleuri

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If it rains... This is not a good rainy-day hike. If the weather’s bad, don’t punish yourself, and don’t put yourself in danger. While a light rain is not an issue, snow (check forecasts), thunderstorms, heavy fog or other low-visibility conditions are definitely a problem, and it would be best to skip the hike entirely. You’ll need to hike down to Fionnay, take a bus and train to Martigny, a train to Sion, and bus to the Dixence dam (by private Theytaz bus, not the yellow PTT buses). From Fionnay, the trip to the Dixence dam (Dixence-le Chargeur) takes 4-6 hours, depending on connections. The Hotel du Barrage is at the bottom of the dam. It’s a long and unsatisfying day around, but sometimes necessary.

If extended bad weather is forecasted you can skip 2 days, and take the bus from Sion to les Haudères and another bus to Arolla. Make sure to cancel at Dixence, and book an extra night in Arolla instead. If weather is bad they will likely have space. Fionnay to Arolla takes 4-6 hours. Taxi Combins, +41-79-736-7373, takes 2 hrs and CHF 350.

Start

Louvie hut (2.238 m)
Koordinaten:
SwissGrid
2'589'774E 1'099'500N
DD
46.046958, 7.306546
GMS
46°02'49.0"N 7°18'23.6"E
UTM
32T 368983 5100659
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Ziel

Dixence dam

Wegbeschreibung

  • From Louvie, walk to the lake and ignore the first trail heading up to the left to Col Termin. Instead continue up on the next left and start a steady uphill hike toward the Col Louvie, to the trail that connects Col Termin with Col Louvie. After a warm-up in the meadows, the landscape becomes rugged and rocky, with lake Louvie dropping away below you and beautiful views of the Grand Combin at your back.
  • Once you reach the main trail in about an hour, turn right, up through a couple rough boulder patches, before rising more steeply at the end through a narrow gully (often with late snow) to the Col Louvie, perhaps 2½-3 hrs after starting out.
  • The rugged, post-glacial landscape before you is known as the Grand Désert. You’ll descend from the pass down a rocky slope with a sometimes indistinct trail marked with paint flashings. Often there are a number of ways you can go. You’ll need to continue down to the valley to cross the streams coming from the snout of the retreating glacier, aiming toward the very large red-white paint flashing on the far side of the valley. The better places to cross the streams change from time to time and are usually marked with cairns and paint flashings, often with a board or bridge or series of rocks to make crossing the water easier. Take care to keep your waymarks in sight.
  • Once you cross the rather large stream, you’ll angle up following the rock cairns to a small plateau and junction with the trail coming upvalley from the St. Laurent refuge below.
  • This is your only bail-out on the trip, although it’s not a particularly easy one. If the weather has turned or you’re having problems, the St Laurent hut is a fairly straightforward hike down valley from here, about an hour away. It’s a simple hut, but has a warden who can help should you need assistance.
  • You’ll have a steady but relatively easy uphill for the next 40 minutes following the paint flashings across the valley, east to the Col Prafleuri. After a fairly moderate stretch, the trail descends for about 10 minutes on a cruel but necessary downhill that can be very rugged (don’t try to shortcut it), often with snow late into the summer, to a couple of tiny lakes below. This is followed by a rocky, 30 minute climb to the Col Prafleuri. Last pass of the day!
  • Descending from Col Prafleuri, you’ll come down into a barren valley, an area used as a quarry in the 1950’s for gravel for the nearby Dixence dam. Follow the trail down to a flat stretch, and then one more descent to the left through a small gully to the stream at the bottom of the valley.
  • Here you have the option for a 5 minute climb up to Cabane de Prafleuri, a good stop if you have time for a drink or snack before the final leg of your hike.
  • From the stream below the hut, turn downhill, following the stream into the Combe de Prafleuri. At the next trail junction, you’ll be directed to the right, uphill for a 15 minute stretch to crest the ridge, where you’ll be greeted with striking views of the massive Dixence reservoir. Now down again to the Dixence cable car, about an hour from the hut. You can take the cable car down (CHF 7). It runs until 6:15 during the high season, until 5:15 in late September. If you miss the cable car, you can walk down to the bottom of the dam in about 20 minutes where you’ll find your hotel.

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Koordinaten

SwissGrid
2'589'774E 1'099'500N
DD
46.046958, 7.306546
GMS
46°02'49.0"N 7°18'23.6"E
UTM
32T 368983 5100659
w3w 
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14,8 km
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8:00 h
Aufstieg
1.113 hm
Abstieg
1.203 hm
Höchster Punkt
2.987 hm
Tiefster Punkt
2.147 hm
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