There is nothing more refreshing than jumping into a clear, cool mountain lake. But of course it takes a little courage. Those who prefer to stay warm can safely appreciate these jewels of the Alps from the bank. Most lakes can only be reached on foot, and they are extremely popular hiking destinations thanks to their wonderfully rejuvenating and relaxing effects. Untouched, they mirror their surroundings and the colours of the sky, while radiating a pleasant calm. What can be more enjoyable than cooling your feet in clear mountain waters after a long hike in heavy boots?
The Lac Bleu of Arolla (2090 m) sits high in the Val d’Hérens in a beautiful alpine setting of larch and arolla forests, home to marmots and chamois. Coloured a vivid blue by the combined effects of algae and glacial clays, the lake is fed by fast flowing waters from a spring 10 metres higher up the hillside. Around the lake there are several picnic tables. The lake is reached in around 45 minutes from la Gouille, or from Arolla on a gentle path via Pramousse in 1h30.