Hiking in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut in Verbier

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut


Panoramic views on the way to the Mont-Fort Hut, one of the most beautiful huts in Switzerland, fauna and flora typical of the Alps, it’s an easy and pleasant hike in Verbier region.


 

Departure for our hike to the Mont-Fort hut from Verbier

One beautiful summer Sunday we decide to go hiking in the mountains with a friend and her mother. We choose to hike to the Mont-Fort hut.

The hike is in the region of Verbier, which is no longer a small mountain village but rather a small town. Verbier is now world famous for skiing, and countless chalets have been built in its vicinity. Very popular in winter, Verbier offers excellent hiking possibilities in summer.
Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut
We begin our hike to the Mont-Fort hut from the Ruinettes station, and we follow the trail leading to the hut. We can see the mountain village of Verbier below the valley and the Wallis mountains all around. The panoramic view of the Grand-Combin and the Mont-Blanc is splendid.

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

The trail is very easy. It’s a wide and almost flat path, with gentle slopes covered with flowers of different colours.

The hiking trail continues through the alpine landscape.

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

We come cross numerous cows grazing and resting on the meadows. The sound of their bells creates a familiar atmosphere and lulls us during our walk.

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

The blue sky is soon replaced with fog, which begins to spread on the meadows. Shortly after, we can hardly see our trail but the landscape becomes beautifully mysterious.

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

 

Mont-Fort Hut

We know that we must be somewhere near the hut. We now walk almost blindly through the thick fog, when the hut suddenly appears in front of us. As we approach the Mont-Fort hut, some strange sounds start coming from nowhere. We climb up a little to see …. strange looking heads, mounted on stone blocks, which are at the origin of the sounds. This is a unique art installation.

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

We celebrate our arrival at the Mont-Fort hut with the evening meal and the excellent Wallis wines.

Mont-Fort Hut, hike in Switzerland

Mont-Fort Hut, hike in Switzerland

The Mont-Fort hut, located at 2’457m, is charming. Counted among the most beautiful mountain huts in Switzerland, it offers a unique view of the Alps, from the Matterhorn to the Mont Blanc. Constructed using noble materials, such as stone and wood, it’s in harmony with the surrounding landscape. Built in 1925, it was renovated in 2001 to better accommodate the hikers. The hut is very popular as it’s located on the Haute Route, which connects Chamonix to Zermatt.

Mont-Fort Hut, hike in Switzerland

In the morning, we get up early. The weather is nice. After breakfast, we continue our hike from the Mont-Fort hut by following the hiking trail on the other side of the mountain leading to Verbier.

Mont-Fort Hut, hike in Switzerland

 

Chamois Trail, or Sentier des Chamois

At some point the path splits and we have two possibilities: continue the trail and hike in the lower part of the mountain or take the trail higher up, the Chamois Trail, or “Sentier des Chamois”. Instinct tells Olga to stay on the trail. But Errol decides to take the Chamois Trail …. The hiking trail is very beautiful but very narrow and vertiginous …. It’s definitely reserved for chamois.

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

We continue our hike. The trail is quite easy at the beginning … until we arrive on a particular passage … The path is like a ridge with a precipice on the side. The girls are having quite a difficult time. It’s better not to look down. After some cogitations, they arrive, relieved. Further down, there is another passage just as vertiginous as the previous one but this time it’s equipped with a chain.

From time to time, we see chamois and ibex and hear the sounds of marmots.

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

 

Louvie Lake

The trail starts to climb, and we find ourselves on the top of the Col Termin at 2’648m. Change of scenery – instead of a view of the villages of the Bagnes Valley, we have a panoramic view of the glaciers of the Combins massif.

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

We can clearly see the Louvie Lake and the Louvie Hut. The view is breathtaking!

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Louvie Lake, hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Louvie Hut, hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut
After passing the Col Termin, we go down again to the Lake Louvie and continue hiking along the shore of the beautiful lake with its turquoise colour. We stop at the Louvie Hut to rest and especially, to have a drink or two. We hang out a little, and Errol orders, of course, the cheese crust, or “croute au fromage” (another Wallis specialty, in addition to fondue and raclette).

After a good rest, we continue our hike to Verbier by taking the trail from the Louvie Hut to Fionnay.
Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut
All of a sudden we realize that we left our car on the other side of the valley …. It’s getting late for the post bus. In addition, we are tired and we aren’t walking fast. We have no choice, and we try to hitchhike.

We are lucky – a car stops and agrees to bring us back. We watch the beautiful scenery through the window. All of a sudden, we realise that the driver …. has no legs. Hallucinations? Indeed, this young man has lost his legs in an avalanche while skiing. However, he isn’t desperate but rather a bon vivant. His car is equipped with a special system allowing him to drive. Thanks again for this lift and for the lesson of optimism!

The day was long but the hike to the Mont-Fort Hut was worth it. We are already looking forward to our next hike.

Hike in Switzerland to the Mont-Fort Hut

 

Practical information

Access: Mont-Fort Hut is located in the canton of Wallis in Switzerland, at 2,457m, in the Val de Bagnes region. It’s directly accessible from Verbier by a well-marked trail. It’s possible to shorten the hike by taking a cable car from Verbier to the Ruinettes cable car station.

Duration:

1. Hike to the Mont-Fort Hut from Verbier is 3h and from the Ruinettes cable car station is 1h45.
2. Hike from the Mont-Fort Hut via the Col Termin passing by the Louvie Hut to Fionnay is 5h30.

Difficulty:

1. Hike to the Mont-Fort Hut from Verbier is very easy: T1 (easy hiking), 6km, with 320m altitude difference.
2. Hike from the Mont-Fort Hut via the Col Termin passing by the Louvie Hut to Fionnay is easy: T2 (medium, mountain hiking), 9km, with 1’565m altitude difference.

Accommodation:

Mont-Fort Hut website.
Mont-Fort Hut is guarded only in summer – from end June to mid- September.
Dormitories with common showers. Mattresses, pillows and duvets provided. For hygienic reasons, all visitors are required to bring a sleeping bag or linen.
In both winter and summer, the Mont-Fort Hut is very popular. Reservations required – half-board (dinner, overnight stay, breakfast).
Mont-Fort Hut belongs to the Swiss Alpine Club (CAS), offering a discount to its members.

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Errol & Olga

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.

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