Le Lac du Louche

Grimentz

Mont Noble

Nax

A long, quiet, and wild walk through the high alpine with a fantastic lakeside lunch stop

Hiking Moderate

Distance
9.9 km
Ascent
588 m
Descent
588 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
14˚
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Le Lac du Louche Map

Description

Drive up and park you car at the La Louere Alpage. You can also walk from the village if you want to make the route longer or leave your car at home. This is a great place to sample some of the local delights—and you'll have plenty of room for them after the hike!

The route is out of the trees and in the high alpine the whole way—it's at relatively high altitude, which is just as well as there's not much shade on offer on sunny days.

Start up the 4x4 track and head towards La Combe where you cross under the ski lift and continue up towards the Col du Cou—a great viewpoint in itself, and a good place to take a break before dropping over the other side of the Col to the Rechy valley. Follow the path, which is more or less flat, past the Gouille de Potoc (a large "puddle") and eventually the Lac du Louche. This lake is stunning and a great spot for lunch. People have been known to take a dip, but the water is literally glacial!

Continue on to the Pas de Lovegno—an old patois name for the col, and high point of 2695—that joins you back to the Val d'Heren's in which you started. The path traverses in wild terrain, and whilst very alpine, never especially technical. Enjoy the scenery as you traverse back along the path back to La Louere and some well-earned refreshments!

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Alpine
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features

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