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.

The Old Suone - The Old Eischler Suone - Habersuon
Bürchen Visp & Moosalpregion Switzerland
Bürchen acquired the water rights back in the 15th century, but Zeneggen only obtained them after the drought that followed the earthquake of 1855. The “Old Suone” is fed by the Mühlebach stream at about 1880m. A little further down, at 1700 m, Eischoll has the right to 4/13 of the volume of water from the Mühlebach, according to a court ruling in 1952. The water is conveyed in the Old Eischler Bisse (or Alte Eischler Suon) which is known as the “Habersuon” further to the east. The Old Suone - The Old Eischler Suone - Habersuon
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The Old Suone - The Old Eischler Suone - Habersuon

Bürchen acquired the water rights back in the 15th century, but Zeneggen only obtained them after the drought that followed the earthquake of 1855. The “Old Suone” is fed by the Mühlebach stream at about 1880m. A little further down, at 1700 m, Eischoll has the right to 4/13 of the volume of water from the Mühlebach, according to a court ruling in 1952. The water is conveyed in the Old Eischler Bisse (or Alte Eischler Suon) which is known as the “Habersuon” further to the east.

Starting point: Bürchen Chaletzone (1'581m)
Destination: Eischoll (1'219m)
Difficulty: medium
Distance: 11,5 km
Vertical metres: +250m, -610m
Hiking time: 3h20
Restaurants and pubs: Bürchen Chaletzone, Eischoll