The Valais has a hike for everyone. Up high peaks, through fragrant larch forests, along watercourses, over suspended bridges, by mule paths or vineyard trails. Over 8000 kilometres of signposted hiking paths wait to be explored. Countless high routes and circuits lead through lush alpine meadows, across rushing mountain streams, past deep-blue tarns and up peaks with magnificent views. With a little luck, hikers may encounter marmots, chamois or mountain goats.
Tour du Grand Chavalard
Get ready for the tour of the Grand Chavalard ! From Jorasse (top of the chairlift) take the direction of the Petit Pré. Then ascend in the direction of the Fénestral pass, from where there is a magnificient view over the Mont Blanc mountain range and the lakes of Fully. After the descent to Sorniot, return through l’Erié on a path with a view overlooking the Rhone Valley. After a challenging hiking day, treat your muscles to a relaxing dip in the bubbling baths of the thermal centre in Ovronnaz.
How to get there: By car: motorway A9 exit Riddes-Leytron-Chamoson, forward to Leytron-Ovronnaz. By bus and train: train to Martigny or Sion railstation, further by bus to Leytron then to Ovronnaz
Return: By car: Ovronnaz to Riddes, forward on the motorway A9. By bus and train: with the bus to Martigny or Sion railstation, further with the train
Distance: 15 km
Vertical metres: +1389 m, -1335 m
Total hiking time: 6h
Season: June to October
Restaurants and pubs/Accomodation: Restaurant d’altitude de Jorasse (1940m), Cabane de Fénestral (2453m), Cabane de Sorniot (2064m), Lui d’Août (1959m)