Tour du Val d’Anniviers: Grimentz – Vercorin (stage 4)
Panoramic trail high on the western slopes overlooking the Val d’Anniviers, linking two of the valley’s most delightful villages: picturesque Grimentz and arty Vercorin.
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Two villages and the high trail between them reveal the remarkable diversity of the Val d’Anniviers. Grimentz, in the heart of the valley, is a village of wooden houses festooned with flowers, framed by some of the highest peaks of Valais. Vercorin, meanwhile, occupies a sunny plateau high above the Rhône valley, whose vast expanses seem to belong to another world. The panoramic trail between the villages follows the western slopes of the Val d’Anniviers. Apart from a steep climb at the start and descent at the end, the trail follows a high route, guaranteeing spectacular views all the way. Alpine pastures, flower-filled meadows and fragrant forest offer superb opportunities for spotting wildlife. The two villages celebrate their culture and heritage in different ways. Grimentz has set up themed trails devoted to everything from geraniums (34 varieties in all), local legends, wildlife identification (with fun games for kids) and village history. Visitors can bake their own traditional rye bread, taste the village’s glacier wine in the cellar of a 16th-century building and visit a working watermill. Vercorin, meanwhile, boasts a handful of art galleries and museums, including one devoted to the painter Edouard Vallet, a resident for many years. Popular annual events include R&Art (contemporary art installations) and the Verco Jazz festival. There’s an ambitious network of theme trails («De Chalais aux Chalets»), a marmot trail with family games and, towards the end of our trail at Sigeroulaz, «Forêt Aventures»: an adventure rope park through the treetops. Highlights: Grimentz – historical village of wooden houses adorned with flowers Panoramic high trail – glorious views of the whole valley Vercorin – adventure activities, art galleries, museums and music