Hikers making the steep climb over the Col de Torrent from La Sage, Villaz to Lac Moriy are rewarded with splendid views of the high peaks and glaciers towering above the Val d’Herens, the Arolla Valley and the Val de Moiry.
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- Distance: 3.7 miles (one way) to Col Torrent
7.3 miles (one way) to Lac de Moiry from Les Hauderes via Col Torrent
- Elevation: 5,716-ft. at Trailhead
9,576-ft. at Col Torrent
7,381-ft. at Lac de Moiry from Les Hauderes via Col Torrent
- Elevation Gain: 3,860-ft. to Col Torrent
-2,190-ft. to Lac de Moiry from Les Hauderes via Col Torrent
- Difficulty: strenuous
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Les Hauderes / Valais
Why Hike Col de Torrent: Les Hauderes to Lac de Moiry
The trail from Les Hauderes over the Col de Torrent to the Lac de Moiry, one of the most scenic legs of the Walker’s Haute route, features stunning views of three glacial valleys. The hike travels through pretty meadows, crosses a panoramic pass and then visits a shimmering lake with the Moriy Glacier as a backdrop.
The hike starts with a quick bus ride from Les Hauderes to La Sage Villaz, which save considerable time and eliminates a 960-ft. climb. From Le Sage, the trail ascends steeply through lovely meadows along the east side of the Val d’ Herens. Views soon open to Dent Blanche, Dent d’ Herens and the massive glacier field at the head of the valley.
Towering above Les Hauderes is the Grande Dent De Veisivi, situated at the end of the long ridge separating the Val d’ Herens from Val de Arolla. To the southwest the Pigne d’ Arolla dominates the view at the head of the Arolla Valley. To the north Diablerets rises above the Rhone Valley. As you climb to the Col (pass), the views of the high peaks and glacier expand and improve.
From the Col de Torrent the Grande Dent De Veisivi, Pigne d’Arolla, Les Aiguilles Rouges d’Arolla, Mont Blanc de Cheilon and the Grand Combin dominate the magnificent view to the southwest. Dent d’Herens rises above the glaciers cascading down the flanks of the Tete Blanche to the south. To the east, the Weisshorn looms above the ridges lining the eastern wall of the Moiry Valley.
Beyond the pass the trail drops steeply from the ridge and then passes lovely Lac des Autannes, with wonderful views of Dent Blanche, the Grand Cornier and the Glacier de Moriy spilling down the flanks of the peaks encircling the head of the Val de Moiry. The rest of the hike enjoys fine views of the Moiry Valley as it drops to the dam at the head of the Lac de Moiry.
The hike can be extended by hiking down to Grimentz from the dam and/or walking up from Les Hauderes to La Sage, Villaz. Another option is to hike to the Cabane de Moiry (Moiry Hut). This strenuous route splits off from the farm of the Montagne de Torrent and then drops down to the head of the Lac de Moiry before climbing to the Cabane for a 9.5 mile hike that gains an additional 1,800-ft. The climb to the hut can be quite tiring at the end of a long day. See the Les Hauderes to the Cabane de Moiry via the Col de Torrent for more information.
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