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?
Lac de Salanfe
Nestled in a magnificent glacial basin at an altitude of 1 925m, Lake Salanfe is surrounded by the Dents-du-Midi range and the Tour Salière and Luisin peaks. A pleasant stroll around it takes less than 2 hours and is well-suited to families. Along the way, a discovery trail gives information on local alpine flora and fauna as well as the area’s geological points of interest. This beautiful spot can be reached in 1½ hour’s walk from the charming hamlet of Van, situated above the mountain villages of Salvan and Les Marécottes in the Trient Valley. The waters of the lake flow down through the Dailley Gorges, to exit in spectacular fashion via the Pissevache, the evocatively-named waterfall that marks the entry point into the canton of Valais just before Martigny. Lake Salanfe is a popular destination for visitors, known for its lovely alpine flowers and many walking trails.