A beautiful hike in Wallis in Switzerland, with the trail passing through alpine meadows, famous Herens cows, forests and a mountain lake. The charming Arpitettaz hut offers a magnificent setting with a fantastic view of the Moming glacier and its mountains.
Hiking in Switzerland in the canton of Wallis
The Arpitettaz hut is located in the Val d’Anniviers in Wallis and lies at the foot of the Weisshorn, facing the White Moming and its glacier.
We start our hike to the Arpitettaz hut from the village of Zinal located in the Val d’Anniviers. We cross the village and follow the path towards the bottom of the valley.
We pass by Vichiesso with its Swiss chalets and follow the stream with its roaring water. The trail crosses a plain, followed by a declivity before going into a forest with some pretty waterfalls.
After the forest there is a bifurcation.
The hiking trails are well marked in Switzerland. In general, at each major bifurcation there is a yellow sign, in the shape of an arrow, indicating directions with an approximate time to get there.
To get to the Arpitettaz hut, we cross the pastures, and we pass the chalets of Chiesso. The view is clear. We are lucky to have this beautiful panorama. Hiking in Switzerland is always great!
There are flowers everywhere and the trail is nice.
The sky is blue, but not for long. Clouds begin to accumulate when we get to the lake Arpitettaz.
We can still enjoy the serene and majestic views of glaciers and mountains.
Along the way, we encounter Herens cows. They are beautiful creatures and excellent hikers despite their short legs. They can easily go up to 3,000 m of altitude. Breeders appreciate these cows for their gentleness and attachment to their owner. Dominant females are known to be real fighters. Cow fighting, known as the Battle of the Queens, is organised each spring in Switzerland, with the national final taking place in Aproz.
Cows graze peacefully on the shores of the lake Arpitettaz. With its blue-green colour, the lake is beautiful and it inspires to go for a swim. But we leave this to the brave.
We still have about an hour of walking to get to the Arpitettaz hut. From the lake, the trail begins to climb. This is where the clouds and fog start to arrive. We are surprised by its density, and visibility is only a few meters.
We cross two or three streams on the small bridges, which become slippery in the wet conditions. We must be careful. In addition to the fog, there is a little rain, making the walk less enjoyable …
After 5 hours of walking, we arrive at the Arpitettaz hut. We are tired but happy. Getting to the hut is a double reward with this weather.
The Arpitettaz Hut
The Arpitettaz hut is located at an altitude of 2’786m in a grandiose setting. The terrace offers a fantastic view of the Moming glacier and its mountains.
Despite the cold, we sit on the terrace to admire the sunset. Luckily, the weather improved and the sky cleared off since our arrival.
The Arpitettaz hut belongs to the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC). Very nice, made of stone, but too small to pay a hut keeper (our hike was done before the hut extension was completed in August 2016). Volunteers take turns and look after the hut during the hiking season.
The Arpitettaz hut doesn’t offer hot meals compared to other huts in Switzerland. However, it offers the Wallis platter, hot soup and drinks. The Wallis platter is a specialty of the canton of Wallis, which is composed of rye bread, dried meat, ham, slices of dry sausage and dry bacon, and cheese.
It’s always a pleasure to arrive to the hut, tired or not, and to know that a warm and generous dinner is waiting for you. This time the meal is puny but tasty. The Wallis platter is always a treat, in particular, in such a grandiose setting like here, in the Arpitettaz hut!
The next day we get up early and find out that we are lucky with the weather – the sky is cloudless. After a breakfast with some cookies we begin our descent through the lake Arpitettaz to Zinal.
This hike to the Arpitettaz hut has left us with unforgettable memories and inspired us to continue to explore other huts in Switzerland.
Location: The Arpitettaz Hut is located in the canton of Wallis in Switzerland. It lies at 2’786m of altitude in Val d’Anniviers. One way to access it is from the village of Zinal.
Timing: 4h30-5h of hiking from Zinal.
Difficulty: Easy hiking: T2 (medium, mountain hiking), 13 km, with 1’400m altitude difference.
The Arpitettaz Hut website
The hut is guarded only in summer (end June – end September) by volunteers.
Dormitories with mattresses, pillows and duvets provided. For hygienic reasons, all visitors are required to bring a sleeping bag or linen.
The hut doesn’t offer half-board. Everyone should bring food. Cooking facilities are available. However, the hut offers a Wallis platter (sausage, cheese and rye bread), hot soups and drinks.
Significant transformation and expansion works have been completed in 2015. The official inauguration took place in August 2016.
The Arpitettaz hut belongs to the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) offering a discount to its members.
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Written by ANYWAYINAWAY
Olga and Errol are the Swiss-Russian couple behind ANYWAYINAWAY. Passionate about unique culture and traditions, they decided to take career breaks and explore the world with the intention to expand awareness and provide new perspectives to the understanding of ethnic minority people, customs, traditions and culture. They also show the beauty of our planet and try to find something interesting in the ordinary.