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 du Trient
This path starts from the Col de La Forclaz and crosses the larch forest, affording views of the magnificent landscapes of the Aiguilles Dorées and the Ecandies chain of mountains; it ends on the Trient glacier tongue with its icefalls. Following an old route which was used to transport blocks of ice, this water channel irrigates the meadows and vineyards of Martigny-Combe.
Destination: Trient (1'281m)
Distance: 9,5 km
Vertical metres: +260 m, -510 m
Hiking time: 2h30
Restaurants and pubs: Col de la Forclaz/ Chalet du Glacier