The pristine Valais glaciers offer an unparalleled natural spectacle, which is why they have been designated as part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The giant rivers of ice are a wonder of nature, as impressive as they are instructive. Deep, dangerous crevasses, giant moraines and wild glacial creeks illustrate the incredible forces of the ice. This is an incomparable world that waits to be discovered: numerous hikes, routes and guided tours offer terrific views of the glaciers – and insights into their icy secrets.
To visit this most impressive glacier, take an extensive hiking circuit from the Brunet hut over the Col des Avouillons to the Pannossière hut! The crossing over the Corbassière Glacier is marked but requires very good hiking boots. Stop off at Cabane Pannossière to admire the panorama on the glacier and the Grand Combin which reaches 4314m. To learn a little about the history of the region, visit the Musée des Glaciers in Lourtier, located in Jean-Pierre Perraudin’s old home. The latter, a keen observer, was the first to formulate the theory of the glaciers, sculptors of the valleys. Open Tuesdays from 2 pm to 6 pm between July 3 and August 22 and upon request the other days of the week and the rest of the year.
Length: 9.7 km