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Day 2: cabane d'Essertze - cabane St-Laurent-44116
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Day 2: cabane d'Essertze - cabane St-Laurent

Distance: 14.1 km

Leave the cabin towards the Gouilles d’Essertze (mountain lakes). When you reach the lakes, follow the path on your left which runs along these little lakes. The path begins to gently go uphill before leading you to a cross which marks the summit of the Mont Rouge (2491 m). After this ascent, you will have an opportunity to quench your thirst at the restaurant Les Chottes (2209 m). Continue for 10 minutes until you reach the Combyre-Meina mountain pastures where the famous raclette cheese is produced from mid-July.

At the restaurant of Combatseline (2238 m), profit from the magnificent panorama which opens up before you. Continue along the Bisse de Chervé which constitutes a spectacular mountain path with a sumptuous view over the Cleuson dam. Be careful, the path is narrow in some places. From the bridge at the end of the Cleuson lake, and after a 40-minute ascent you will reach the St-Laurent Mountain Cabin where you will spend your second night.

If you still have time and energy, the Grand Désert Lake (2642 m) is 30 minutes on foot above the cabin. This lake is included on the “Along the Glacier” educational tour inaugurated in 2020. Departing from the St-Laurent Cabin, it forms a 3-hour hiking circuit, composed of 8 information posts accessible to all.

Cabane St-Laurent information

  • The evening meal is served at 7pm
  • Slippers available
  • Only accepts payment by cash
  • Electricity available from 7pm to 8pm
  • Shower available CHF 4.-
  • Dogs permitted
  • Open from the 27 June until the 19 September 2020
  • Contact: +41 (0) 27 288 50 05

Duration 5h00
Ascension 708 m
Descent 427 m
Highest point 2490


Route de Magrappé 42
CH – 1993 Veysonnaz
+41 27 207 10 53 |
Opening hours
9.00-12.00 | 14.00-17.30
9.30-12.00 | 14.30-17.30