There is nothing more refreshing than jumping into a clear, cool mountain lake. But of course it takes a little courage. Those who prefer to stay warm can safely appreciate these jewels of the Alps from the bank. Most lakes can only be reached on foot, and they are extremely popular hiking destinations thanks to their wonderfully rejuvenating and relaxing effects. Untouched, they mirror their surroundings and the colours of the sky, while radiating a pleasant calm. What can be more enjoyable than cooling your feet in clear mountain waters after a long hike in heavy boots?
Lac de Derborence
Two immense landslides occurred in 1714 and 1749 at the Diablerets. At the time these mountains were called Rochers and Scex de Champ, and the landslides were considered to be works of the devil. The mountains were consequently renamed Diablerets, Devils Mountains. The 100-metre-high mounds of debris served as a dam, resulting in the creation of a lake. For a long time the lake was considered to be cursed - nature was thus left to its own devices and was able to reconquer the terrain. Today the pristine Derborence Valley is a nature reserve, and the old forest that arose on the debris mounds is especially important. The valley can be reached from Conthey via a small road. Derborence inspired the Vaudois author Charles Ferdinand Ramuz to write a novel of the same name.