Lac d'Emosson to Lac de Salanfe

Published by maksay , 1 June 2015, 21h31.

Region: World » Switzerland » Valais » Unterwallis
Date of the hike:31 May 2015
Hiking grading: T3+ - Difficult Mountain hike
Geo-Tags: CH-VS 
Time: 9:00
Height gain: 1400 m 4592 ft.
Height loss: 2300 m 7544 ft.
Access to start point:Train to Les Montuires, funicular and cable car to La Gueulaz.
Access to end point:Train from Les Marecottes

This weekend, we wanted to hike through two mountain passes to walk from Lac d'Emosson to Lac de Susanfe, enjoying the scenery of Mont Blanc in the beginning and Dents du Midi in the end.

We arrived around 11:30 to Lac d'Emosson and headed towards Col de Barberine. The signpost said 2:20, and we did really reach it in less than 2 hours of walking. (Although we also took around 30-35 minutes of breaks of different kind). The path goes mostly on the summer side of Combe du Col and is mostly free of snow. (Although there were some snow patches, they are easily walkable in boots, no snowshoes required).

From there, we started descending towards Emaney and stopped for a lunch about 100 meters higher than Emaney. The way down the path is almost fully covered with snow and it is easier to go straight down rather than try to follow the trail. It is not avalanche dangerous, but closer to the bottom you have to exercise caution because of the water flowing under the snow.

The way up to Col d'Emaney was again on the sunny side and we avoided almost all of the snowfields. On the way, we saw amazing scenery of waterfalls being turned around by the wind.  We arrived to the top around 5 pm. From there, we tried to take a little detour to try to hike to the top of Le Luisin, but after walking around 100 meters up we saw a place on the ridge completely covered with snow, and it seemed dangerous to try to cross it. Therefore, we started descending from Col d'Emaney.

The way down was again covered in snow, but didn't seem too avalanche-dangerous. However, all lower part of the path was covered with the exit of a really huge avalanche, making a concrete-strong uneven snow, which was not easy to walk on. We reached the dam around 6:45 pm. The lake was beautiful and very green and we caught a few glimpses of Haute Cime in the clouds.

From there, it was all down, pretty tiring to the knees. Initially we planned to go to Vernayaz, but we realized that we won't make it in time and got on the train at Les Marecottes. We could have also done it in Les Granges.

Overall, it was quite a tiring hike with ~28km, 1400m of ascent and 2300m of descent that took us all day, but the views were splendid!

Hike partners: maksay

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