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Zinal to Lac d'Arpitettaz

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  • Lac d'Arpitettaz
    / Lac d'Arpitettaz
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
  • Return to Zinal after Lac d'Arpitettaz
    / Return to Zinal after Lac d'Arpitettaz
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
  • Looking down on Zinal
    / Looking down on Zinal
    Photo: Sarah Stone, Macs Adventure
Map / Zinal to 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
14.2 km
4:00 h
560 m
560 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. 

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Highest point
Lac d'Arpitettaz, 2258 m
Lowest point
Lac d'Arpitettaz, 2258 m
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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.

Tips, hints and links

This tour appears on the following itineraries:

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Start

Zinal Hotel (1679 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.136520, 7.626321
UTM
32T 393895 5110133

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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.2 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
560 m
Descent
560 m
In and out Scenic

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