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The Three Lakes Walk

Hiking trail · Wallis
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  • Lac d'Armina
    / Lac d'Armina
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
  • Approaching the summit of Bella Tola
    / Approaching the summit of Bella Tola
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
  • View from the summit of Bella Tola
    / View from the summit of Bella Tola
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
  • Lac de Combavert
    / Lac de Combavert
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
Map / The Three Lakes Walk
2250 2400 2550 2700 2850 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 Tignousa Funicular

A fabulous loop walk starting and ending at the Tignousa  funicular station. Today's walk goes to pristine alpine lakes, past meadows and mountain cabins and there is also the option to summit the area's highest peak.  

moderate
12.7 km
4:30 h
600 m
600 m

Return to Tignousa by funicular for the start of today’s walk; a circular route which visits the alpine lakes of Lac de Combavert, Lac de Armina and Lac de la Bella Tola. Each lake is as serene as the last and you will soon find yourself at the foot of Bella Tola, which at a height of 3,025m is the highest peak in the area.  The hardy may wish to continue to the peak for sublime views of the surrounding mountain range. Continue on the circular route and you will soon come across Cabane Bella Tola, a popular mountain lodge, also serving lunch. Why not try one of their gourmet salads topped with dried alpine flowers? (check opening times here: http://cabanebellatola.ch/ and always carry a packed lunch in case of unplanned closures)

Author’s recommendation

The optional walk to the summit of Bella Tola is hard work but worth the effort  on a clear day as the views are stupendous! 

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Highest point
2635 m
Lowest point
2141 m
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Safety information

Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains - always be prepared and carry appropriate clothing; warm as well as waterproof layers, hat and gloves etc. Please see your information pack for a detailed packing list.

Equipment

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

Tips, hints and links

This tour appears on the following itineraries:

WSWITVD

WSTSOTM

Start

Tignousa Funicular Station (2183 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.229323, 7.609850
UTM
32T 392803 5120466

Destination

Tignousa Funicular Station

Turn-by-turn directions

From the funicular station turn right and follow the Planets Way trail that you walked yesterday, however this time you are walking in the opposite direction. You won't be walking on this familiar trail for too long, and you branch off before Hotel Weisshorn. Turn left and follow the path as it ascends  to the first lake, Lac de Combavert, which is slightly off the loop.

Continue on the path and you are soon at Lac de Armina, this part of the trail can be quite boulder strewn, so watch your step.

Next is Lac de la Bella Tola and soon after, you will come to a fork in the path and you have the option to take a steep zigzag path to the peak of Bella Tolla. On a clear day the views are well worth the extra effort! (about 45 mins from here to a hut at the end of the zigzags, then about another 30 mins to get to the summit, and about the same for the return)

Continue on the loop and arrive at Cabane Bella Tola, a beautifully located mountain hut that also serves lunch. From here it's a short and steep decent back to the Tignousa funicular station. 

Public transport

The funicular between Tignousa and St Luc runs regularly, please check the following for specific timetables: http://www.rma.ch/tourisme/dates-horaires-2017-3.html 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.7 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
600 m
Descent
600 m
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