The Valais is a hiker’s paradise in winter. Its 1000 kilometres of immaculately prepared winter trails invite hikers to leisurely strolls or athletic climbs in an unparalleled setting. With the winter sun as your companion, you can wander through silent snow-covered forests and over magnificent sunny terraces featuring fantastic views. This is as close as you can get to the high peaks and majestic glaciers of the Valais Alps. A steaming cup of schnapps and coffee or hot chocolate welcomes contented hikers in a snug mountain hut at the end of the day.
Some of Europe’s mightiest larches
The lower Valais is home to a unique natural attraction: Europe’s oldest and most magnificent larches growing on the Alp Balavaux. About 250 trees grow here, with the most majestic at over 800 years old with a diameter of about three metres. A beautiful winter trail runs directly through this enchanting site. Begin at the summit station of the Nendaz where the trail descends slightly along the flank of the Dent de Nendaz towards Alp Balavaux. The trail passes the Cabane de Balavaux mountain restaurant. We recommend a detour to Parion to ascend the Plan du Fou in order to savour the fantastic views. Return to the Tracouet summit gondola station via the same route.
End of tour: Nendaz / Tracouet summit station
Technical requirement: easy
Physical fitness: easy
Hiking time: 2 h
Length: 7 km