Bisses

Bisses are the historic irrigation channels of the Valais. A bisse is an open ditches delivering priceless water from mountain streams – often by daring routes – to arid pastures and fields, vineyards and orchards. Many bisses are still in use today and so are carefully maintained. Numerous trails accompany these historic watercourses, inviting visitors to varied hikes on historic trails.

Binneri - Eggeri
Grächen - St. Niklaus Grächen-St. Niklaus Switzerland
This region has the lowest precipitation rates in Switzerland, with 50 to 55 mm per year, so artificial irrigation is indispensable. It is impossible to date the Grächen water system with any accuracy. The first written records date back to the 12th century. All the bisses are fed by the Riedbach stream. The Eggeri, probably the oldest of them, draws its water at 1840 m while the Bineri has its intake at 1738 m. Binneri - Eggeri
Grächen - St. Niklaus
Grächen - St. Niklaus

Binneri - Eggeri

This region has the lowest precipitation rates in Switzerland, with 50 to 55 mm per year, so artificial irrigation is indispensable. It is impossible to date the Grächen water system with any accuracy. The first written records date back to the 12th century. All the bisses are fed by the Riedbach stream. The Eggeri, probably the oldest of them, draws its water at 1840 m while the Bineri has its intake at 1738 m.

Starting point: Grächen (1'619m)
Destination: Grächen (1'619m)
Difficulty: medium
Distance: 14 km
Vertical metres: +290m, -290m
Hiking time: 4h
Restaurants and pubs: Grächen, Bärgji, Hohtschugge, Gasenried