Hiking to Lac Bleu : our suggested itineraries

What are the best hiking trails to go explore Lac Bleu? We share our best tips!


Lace up those hiking boots and get ready for an adventure because today, we’re diving into the breathtaking world of Arolla and its little gem—the stunning Lac Bleu. Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of the Swiss Alps, Lac Bleu is a hiker’s paradise, promising turquoise waters, snow-capped peaks, and trails that weave through meadows adorned with wildflowers.

It is, one of our valley’s highlight and we’re not going to lie, the main hiking trail can be pretty busy, especially if you decide to go there during school holidays or on week-ends. But don’t worry, most of the itineraries we’re sharing here are less croweded (and to be fair, they also offer nicer views). 😉

If you’re looking for an alternative to the most taken trail, then this blog post is for you!

But first things first, here are a few pictures of this magical place to wet your apetite (pictures taken both in summer and autumn, we’ll let you pick your favorite). 😉

In this blog post, we’ll simply share the links to the AllTrails maps with the different routes. If you wish to read more about one particular itinerary, go check out our travel blog, where we’ve detailed all these itineraries

Hiking trails to Lac Bleu

  • The OG: hike up from “La Gouille”: This is the sortest option, but also the most popular one. It’s 1,3km (one-way) and about 260m of elevation gain. Count 40-45 minutes to reach the lake. There is an option to do a loop and come back down passing by the Ouartsé chalets. See the map
  • The less croweded option from “Pramousse”: This is the second shortest option. This is ideal if you’d like to hike on a less crowded trail and slightly gentler slope. See the Map
  • The panoramic route: a loop starting from Arolla: a stunning 10km loop starting in Arolla. Hiking time: about 4 hours. See the map
  • The grand tour: from Arolla to the Aiguilles rouges hut and back via Lac Bleu : the alternative passing by the Aiguilles Rouges hut. This is the “hardest” option with the most elevation gain. Hiking time : about 5 hours. See the map
  • The traverse from Arolla to Les Haudères (via the Alpage de l’Etoile and Lac Bleu): The best option if you want to come back to the coliving walking. This route is very panoramic and we highly recommend 🙂 Distance : 14km. Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours. See the map

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Useful infos

If you are staying at the coliving, we recommend you use public transportation to go for this hike. The bus leaves in front of the house and is free of charge thanks to your Pass Hérensard (QR code you received upon check-in).

Bus stop: either go to “Arolla Poste” for the hikes starting in Arolla, “La Gouille” or “Pramousse” for the other options. To check the bus timetable, we recommend you use the SBB mobile app or website.

You can of course decide to leave directly on foot from the house. 😉

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