Walk to No Name Lake from Arolla, Val d’Hérens, Switzerland

Let me take you on a beautiful walk to a small lake which has no name (other than maybe No Name Lake). It’s a while since I went up there. The first time was in June 2017, when the lake was still completely frozen and I couldn’t get anywhere near it for the surrounding snow. I went back again in the October and managed to get some ‘reflection’ shots, so I was hoping to capture something similar this time.

As you will see from some of the later images, the terrain gets a little barren and rocky at the higher altitudes, (the lake is at exactly 2,900m or 9,514ft), but I was pleased to find quite a few ‘different’ flowers around to photograph. If my identification is correct, the White-leaved Adenostyle (in pic 14) is quite a rare find.

I saw around a dozen other walkers on the way there, but all of them were heading for the Pas de Chèvres. So, after turning away north from that path, I had the upper valley and lake all to myself. It was so peaceful, (if not calm, due to a light breeze), I thought I’d take a video for you to enjoy… 😊 (See end of this post).

19 thoughts on “Walk to No Name Lake from Arolla, Val d’Hérens, Switzerland

  1. Impressive!!! Very nice images from your excursion in this wonderful environment.
    Thought I saw a polar bear among one of the pictures but it was probably an illusion 😉
    Great video as well!

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    • Yes, it’s a wonderful part of the world. Arolla is at the very end of the Val d’Hérens and very quiet, even in the height of the summer season (not that this is a typical season). A polar bear would certainly feel at home there in the winter! Glad you liked the video. 😊

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    • Ah, but you have hand-pulled beer! (What I’d give for one, or maybe a few, of those right now!) And it was possibly the best ‘blue sky’, morning at least, of the year so far. Pity about the breeze though, spoiling the reflection shot. Ah well, you can’t have everything!


    • I’m glad you enjoyed the photos (& the virtual ‘walk’). There was certainly no chance of catching any nasty bugs (other than the biting kind) up there! I would be at least a mile away from the nearest person. (Not far by your standards I know, but far enough!)

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