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Zinal to Lac d'Arpitettaz

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    Lac d'Arpitettaz
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A great walk to the Lac d'Arpitettaz, high in the Anniviers Valley with views of the 'Imperial Crown', the name given to the 4,000m peaks which surround Zinal and the Val d'Anniviers. This walk does have a tough ascent, one section with chains to help you on a certain rocky section. If you are uncomfortable with using chains or some light scrambling then this walk is probably best avoided.  
moderate
Distance 14.2 km
4:00 h
560 m
560 m
2,258 m
2,258 m
For Jack: This walk will appear on two different trips, once rated easy-moderate and one rated moderate.  The walk to the Lac and back will be on the option for the easy-moderate tour and the whole loop via Roc de la Vache will be the option for the moderate tour. Could you highlight this in the route notes? i.e. once you get to the lake turn back for an easy-moderate option, for a more challenging walk, continue on the trail...

Author’s recommendation

Take a picnic to enjoy on the shores of the lake. There is a shop in Zinal where you can pick up supplies, or alternatively your hotel may be able to provide a packed lunch for you. Be sure to request this upon check-in. 
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Jack Cunliffe
Update: June 20, 2018
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Highest point
Lac d'Arpitettaz, 2,258 m
Lowest point
Lac d'Arpitettaz, 2,258 m
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Track types

Nature trail 27.87%Path 57.45%Road 14.67%
Nature trail
4 km
Path
8.2 km
Road
2.1 km
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This tour appears on the following itineraries:

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Start

Zinal Hotel (1,679 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'614'504E 1'109'465N
DD
46.136520, 7.626321
DMS
46°08'11.5"N 7°37'34.8"E
UTM
32T 393895 5110133
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Destination

Zinal Hotel

Turn-by-turn directions

Head South from your hotel on the main road through Zinal and continue on this route leaving the town behind you. Continue to follow the Navisence river along the flat valley floor.

At the car park below the entrance to the Village de Vacances, turn right to cross the river, then left.

Very soon after crossing the river for a second time, turn left uphill into the woods. The route undulates parallel to the river for a while, then ascends steeply, going away from it. If in doubt further up, follow the waymarks painted on rocks, two parallel white lines with a blue one in between.

Soon after crossing a wide stream which plunges steeply downwards, there is a section of scrambling up vertical rock faces, with chains in place to help you. The route returns to its normal strenuous meandering after this. Eventually emerge from the tree line into an open meadow with fabulous views of mountains ahead. You have now done the worst of the climbing! Continue to follow the path and you will soon arrive at the mountian lake. Return via the same path.

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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'614'504E 1'109'465N
DD
46.136520, 7.626321
DMS
46°08'11.5"N 7°37'34.8"E
UTM
32T 393895 5110133
w3w 
///homelands.chose.fail
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Good waterproof boots are a must and walking poles are recommened. Make sure to bring plenty of water and a snack or packed lunch.

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Rating

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Petra Weber 
August 09, 2020 · Community
sehr schöne Tour, aber die Angaben stimmen nicht. Tiefster Punkt 1690 müM, höchster Punkt 2574 müM, also 894 Höhenmeter.
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When did you do this route? August 09, 2020
Photo: Petra Weber, Community
Photo: Petra Weber, Community
Photo: Petra Weber, Community

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.2 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
560 m
Descent
560 m
Highest point
2,258 m
Lowest point
2,258 m
Out and back Scenic

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