N.8 Plan Beu

This east-facing trail is very sunny and offers a magnificent excursion through the Vichères-Liddes ski area.

This trail takes you to the Bavon ridge, above the hamlet of Vichères, in the heart of the commune of Liddes.   With its location between the Grand-Saint-Bernard valley and the Val Ferret, you’ll be treated to copious sunshine and a 360° view of the Combins and the Dolent ranges, the French-Italian-Swiss border. A welcome stop at the "Bar des Neiges" after the first big climb will allow you to take a breath and contemplate these imposing mountains.

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Turn-by-turn directions

From the lift parking area, follow the Bavon road north. At the bend in the 180° track, leave the groomed track and continue north until the end of the forest road.


The trail then climbs through the forest in a south-westerly direction towards Plan Beu - Plan Monnay - Bavon. Once in Plan Monnay, follow a southerly direction and join the groomed trail slightly downhill from the Bar des Neiges.


Pass to the left of the ski lift and follow the trail slightly uphill to the chairlift, then go down to the La Chaux - Chapelet junction.


Leave the track and continue your descent in the direction of the forest. At the edge of the forest, go north to "Les Torrents" then zigzag to the "Dzayo" chalets and continue north to pass under the chairlift and reach the Chapelet parking lot.

Start: Le Chapelet parking lot (skibus stop) (1594 m)
Destination: Le Chapelet parking lot (skibus stop) (1594 m)

Author's recommendation

Discover the ski area of Vichères-Liddes: sun, wide slopes and vast panoramas make it a popular ski resort!

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2111 m 1594 m

  • Ascent

    517 m

  • Descent

    517 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 4 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 5 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Access by public transport


From Martigny (track 50), take the train to Sembrancher, then Orsières. Then take the bus to Liddes, followed by the ski-bus to the Chapelet parking lot.


Consult the timetable on and on


Exit the highway in Martigny at the 22-Gd-St-Bernard interchange. Use the right lane to follow the E27 road towards Chamonix/Gd-St-Bernard/Verbier/Martigny-Expo. At the exit of the Martigny bypass tunnel, take the direction of Gd-St-Bernard/Italy, then leave the main road in Liddes by turning right after the tourist office.


Continue to Dranse, then go up to the departure of the Vichères-Liddes chairlift.


A large free parking lot is located at the bottom of the Chapelet chairlift, at the start of the trail.


We recommend: 

• Good, waterproof footwear

• Snowshoes

• hikingpoles

• clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket

• hat or cap

• sunscreen

• bottle for water, picnic

• camera

• printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download) 

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. The Pays du St-Bernard accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

• Bring a map. Download full description of this route including largescale map by clicking on “Print” icon, top right of this page.

• Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.

• Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. Do not leaveanywaste in nature.

• Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.

• Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.

• Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertainweather, turn back in good time.

• Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.

• Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger, especially the danger of avalanches. 



The Liddes und Bourg-St-Pierre tourist office offers brochures and information on hiking in the region.


SwissTopo map 282S Martigny