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.
Bisses de Lentine and Mont d'Orge
We follow the Bisses de Lentine through the vineyards of Savièse, supplying water to the lovely Lac du Mont d’Orge and its nature reserve. It has been channelled in concrete conduits over part of its course. The Bisse du Mont d’Orge, built in 1885, pumps water from the Lac du Mont d’Orge and supplies the southern face of the hill, including the renowned Mont d’Or estate.
Destination: Pont-de-la-Morge (520m)
Distance: 8 km
Vertical metres: +20m, -370m
Hiking time: 2h
Restaurants and pubs: Drône, Lac du Mont d'Orge, Pont-de-la-Morge