Cabane de Chanrion, a beautiful, remote and fantastic road
The Cabane de Chanrion is a high mountain hut at an elevation of 2.471m (8,106ft) above the sea level, located in the upper Val de Bagnes in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.
The road to the summit is very narrow (impassable for 2 cars at the same time), gravel and pretty steep with several hairpin turns. It starts after a 1.5km long tunnel at the Lac de Mauvoisin dam, along the western side of the lake. It’s beautiful, remote, fantastic. The road is only accessible in summer for people with special communal authorization.
The hut, built in 1890, is located at the end of the Valley of Bagnes, in the massif of Combins. It is subject to winter snowfalls with such a high summit altitude, and the road can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. The refuge is was used as a look-out point during the First World War due to the panoramic views it allowed and the proximity to the Italian border.
Pic: Adam Glen