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 Vercorin and Bisse de Ricard
Vercorin Val d'Anniviers Switzerland
The Bisse de Ricard (also named Bisse de Charogne) sources its water from the Navisence river, irrigating the Chalais hill and feeding smaller bisses downstream on the Rèche. The route of this bisse includes several steep sections. It provides an ideal way of accessing one of the last valleys in this canton which cannot be reached by automobile. Bisse de Vercorin and Bisse de Ricard
Vercorin
Vercorin

Bisse de Vercorin and Bisse de Ricard

The Bisse de Ricard (also named Bisse de Charogne) sources its water from the Navisence river, irrigating the Chalais hill and feeding smaller bisses downstream on the Rèche. The route of this bisse includes several steep sections. It provides an ideal way of accessing one of the last valleys in this canton which cannot be reached by automobile.

Starting point: Vercorin (1'320m)
Destination: Chippis (532m)
Difficulty: medium
Distance: 16,5 km
Vertical metres: +390m, -1180m
Hiking time: 5h10
Restaurants and pubs: Vercorin, Chippis