Postcard-perfect Lake Louvie with its emerald green colour, green pastures dotted with colourful flowers, marmots and chamois, a charming wooden Louvie hut – a rather short but very beautiful hike in Switzerland in Wallis.
Hiking to the Louvie Hut
The Louvie Hut is located in the Val de Bagnes in Wallis.
One beautiful and sunny summer day we leave Geneva with two friends for the hike to the Louvie hut.
We park our car at the parking lot of Fionnay. The Louvie hut is directly accessible from Fionnay by a hiking trail that begins with a steep ascend.
The hike to the Louvie hut passes through some bushy terrain and then continues in the pastures. The flora is rich, it’s summer and some places are like a real floral carpet. The path is easy and the landscape is vast and open, with a blue sky and a pleasant temperature for walking – this promises to be a wonderful day.
After a climb and many meandering turns, we see from the distance the nice little hut, where we will stay overnight.
The Louvie hut
The hike to the Louvie hut is quite short and easy. To get to the hut it takes about 2 hours of hiking. But we enjoyed the beautiful landscape and made frequent stops, so it took us slightly longer.
Once at the hut, we still have time to visit the surroundings and we go down to the Lake Louvie. The place is a natural reserve with ibex, marmots and chamois. We are lucky to see some ibex. These iconic animals of the mountains come close to the hut to graze on the top of Louvie.
The Louvie hut is perched above a small lake at 2,250 meters. The hut, built in 1997, is entirely in wood and in harmony with the surrounding nature.
Despite its small size, hut is spacious and comfortable. The dormitories are very nice and we are lucky – there are not many people that day. We sleep almost alone in the dormitory of a dozen beds, and the duvets are warm.
It’s a beautiful sunny day, and we have an impressive view behind the hut on the Lake Louvie with its beautiful emerald green colour.
We spend a nice late afternoon on a sunny terrace in a gorgeous and relaxing decor. Errol takes the opportunity to eat « croûte au fromage » (cheese crust), a specialty from Wallis. Others choose fish from the lake and an omelette beautifully decorated with alpine flowers. A delight !
The next day we enjoy again this stunning landscape by making short walks not far from the Louvie hut before returning back home.
We spent one night in the Louvie hut and went back to Geneva the next day. For those who find that this hike is not long enough, it can be easily extended. From the Louvie hut, you can follow the trail of chamois to continue to Verbier or to Lake Cleuson (Nendaz) or to Prafleuri and the Grande Dixence dam.
Location: The Louvie Hut is located in the canton of Wallis in Switzerland. The hut is located at 2,250m of altitude in Val de Bagnes, 700m above Fionnay. The Louvie Hut is directly accessible from Fionnay by a steep ascend. The starting point of the hike is situated across the parking lot of Fionnay, on the left.
Timing: 2h of hiking.
Difficulty: Easy hiking: T2 (medium, mountain hiking), 4km, with 800m altitude difference.
The Louvie Hut website.
The hut is guarded only in summer (end June – end September or beginning October).
Dormitories with mattresses, pillows and duvets provided. For hygienic reasons, all visitors are required to bring a sleeping bag or linen.
News: the hut now has 2 small rooms for 2 people.
Showers are available.
Reservations required – half-board (dinner, overnight stay, breakfast).
Privately owned hut – no special rates of the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC).
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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.