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.

Bisse de Saxon
La Tzoumaz Verbier/Val de Bagnes Switzerland
It conveyed water from the Printse as far as Saxon, across the forests and alpine pastures of the hamlets of Nendaz, Isérables, Riddes and Saxon with their wooden chalets. Its operation required several watchmen who in turn needed huts and warning hammers. . . Maintaining the channel was a very laborious task, so its operation was discontinued. One of its huts, the Bourlâ, is still in an excellent state of preservation. Bisse de Saxon
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Bisse de Saxon

It conveyed water from the Printse as far as Saxon, across the forests and alpine pastures of the hamlets of Nendaz, Isérables, Riddes and Saxon with their wooden chalets. Its operation required several watchmen who in turn needed huts and warning hammers. . . Maintaining the channel was a very laborious task, so its operation was discontinued. One of its huts, the Bourlâ, is still in an excellent state of preservation.

Starting point: Col des Planches (1'411m)
Destination: Siviez (1'733m)
Difficulty: difficult
Distance: 32 km
Vertical metres: +310m, -630m
Hiking time: 8h50
Restaurants and pubs: La Tzoumaz, Siviez