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 du Tsittoret
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The Bisse du Tsittoret, which was mentioned in the 15th century, carries water from the Tièche to the Noble Contrée region where it is used to irrigate the meadows and vineyards of Venthône, Randogne, Mollens, Miège, Sierre and Veyras. Shortly after its water intake, the bisse forms a turbulent waterfall as it drops over a rock wall, as if it were trying to rejoin the river. Once the waters have been tamed again, they flow through metal conduits leading out of the Raspille valley. Bisse du Tsittoret
Crans-Montana
Crans-Montana

Bisse du Tsittoret

The Bisse du Tsittoret, which was mentioned in the 15th century, carries water from the Tièche to the Noble Contrée region where it is used to irrigate the meadows and vineyards of Venthône, Randogne, Mollens, Miège, Sierre and Veyras. Shortly after its water intake, the bisse forms a turbulent waterfall as it drops over a rock wall, as if it were trying to rejoin the river. Once the waters have been tamed again, they flow through metal conduits leading out of the Raspille valley.

Starting point: Vermala (1'663m)
Destination: L’Aminona (1'514m)
Difficulty: medium
Distance: 10,5 km
Vertical metres: +370m, -510m
Hiking time: 3h10
Restaurants and pubs: Vermala, Cave de Colombrie, Cave du Scex, L'Aminona