Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

01. Champoussin - Frâchette

This snowshoe hike offers panoramic views over the Dents du Midi massif and the Vaud Alps.

Beginning at 1,600 metres near the village of Champoussin, this itinerary will take you to new heights in the Illiez Valley. Meandering through snowy pastures and tranquil forests, it offers unparalleled views of the Dents du Midi mountain range, the Vaud Alps, and the Rhône Plain. Near the end of the route, you’ll see the picturesque Champoussin Chapel and will have the opportunity to stop for a delicious meal of local specialties served on a sunny restaurant terrace.

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Turn-by-turn directions

Set off from the large car park at the entrance to Champoussin, following the pink snowshoe signs marked with the number 1.

Cross the bridge and follow the stream to the right. Walk along the hillside to the area known as Sur Crête. Continue up towards the right, following a relatively steep but lovely path leading to Frâchette, where you’ll find a covered picnic area and a WC. Leaving Frâchette, walk along the ridge to the right to the crossroads at the Gouille des Sangliers. Take the path that descends to the right towards Champoussin, crossing a second wooden bridge and a ski slope. From here, head up the hill to Chez Gaby. Return to the car park by passing next to the Ferme à Gaby and skirting the edge of the Sepaya ski slope.

Start: Champoussin, entrance of the village (1509 m)
Destination: Champoussin, entrance of the village (1509 m)

Author's recommendation

The Restaurant du Virage and the quaint Auberge Chez Gaby 1670, famed for its magnificent cowbell collection, both offer panoramic views from their terraces while the Ferme à Gaby is a must for its home-made alpine cheeses.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1684 m 1411 m

  • Ascent

    366 m

  • Descent

    366 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 5 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Public transport friendly

At the train station in Aigle, take the AOMC train direction Champéry and get off in Val-d'Illiez. Then take the bus direction Champoussin until the "Télésiège stop". Timetable on www.cff.ch or www.tpc.ch 

Approach

Highway A9 Lausanne-Sion, exit St-Triphon. Follow "Pas-de-Morgins/Monthey", take the tunnel "Route de la Vallée" until Troistorrents. In Troistorrents, at the round-about, follow Champéry/Val-d'Illiez. In Val-d'Illiez, at the round-about, follow "Champoussin" on the right. 

Parking

At the entrance to Champoussin: the snowshoe parking area is on the right-hand side of the road, opposite the first ski lift parking lot.

Equipment

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. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.  

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale 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.

Additional information

APIDAE tourism data updated on 23/04/2021 by "Région Dents du Midi SA".
Spotted an error? Write to info@rddm.ch with the following information:
File name: 01. Champoussin - Frâchette | Record identifier: 876469 | URL (link) for this Outdooractive page.

Literature

The Région Dents du Midi tourist offices offers brochures and information on hiking in the region: download it for free under www.regiondentsdumidi.ch or CHF 5.- for the paper version.

Maps

SwissTopoMaps: 1:50'000: 272 St-Maurice