The Valais has a hike for everyone. Up high peaks, through fragrant larch forests, along watercourses, over suspended bridges, by mule paths or vineyard trails. Over 8000 kilometres of signposted hiking paths wait to be explored. Countless high routes and circuits lead through lush alpine meadows, across rushing mountain streams, past deep-blue tarns and up peaks with magnificent views. With a little luck, hikers may encounter marmots, chamois or mountain goats.
The larches of Balavaud
More than 250 larches grow on the Balavaud Alp, ranging from 300 to 800 years old. With a circumference of up to twelve metres, they are the largest in Europe! Tracquet is accessible by cable car from Haute-Nendaz. It is also possible to use hike to Tracouet, thus extending the trip by two hours. A spectacular view to the Rhone valley rewards hikers at the end of their journey.
How to get there: From Haute-Nendaz with the cable car to Tracouet
Fitness requirements: medium
Distance: 13.4 km
Vertical metres: +108 m, -978 m
Total hiking time: 3h30
Season: July to october
Restaurants and pubs: Restaurant Tracouet, Cabane de Balavaux, Chalet des Alpes