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.
Thyon to Dixence
This hike is the first stage of Tour du Val d'Hérens and provides impressive views of the Grande Dixence dam, the tallest concrete dam wall in the world, and of the snowclad summit of the Val des Dix reaching to over 3,500m. Set out from Thyon – Les Collons at around 1900m in the direction of the Grande Dixence dam and follow the itinerary of the Thyon-Dixence foot race. On the way you will find the magnificent Essertes peat bogs. The Dix Valley is visible the entire way.
Destination: Grande Dixence dam
How to get there: Bus from Sion railstation
Return: Bus to Sion railstation
Fitness requirements: medium
Distance: 14.2 km
Vertical metres: +716 m, -676 m
Total hiking time: 4h36
Season: June to october
Restaurants and pubs: Thyon, La Dixence
Accomodation: Thyon, La Dixence