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N.9 - Plan du Pey

This route above the village offers views of Bourg-Saint-Pierre and the whole Entremont valley.

This trail takes you to the slopes of the Pointe de Penne, located east of the village of Bourg-Saint-Pierre. The route is mostly in the forest, but there is a nice view of the old village of Bourg-Saint-Pierre before entering the Combe du Valsorey and the descent to the starting point.

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Turn-by-turn directions

Start from the bell tower in the centre of Bourg-Saint-Pierre and cross the village to the east, then to the south, passing under the international Great St. Bernard road.


The loop is then marked out in both directions. In this instance, we are detailing the route that starts in the north and makes four 180° turns in the forest.


Continue north to reach the top of the route, which then returns south and slightly downhill to reach the entrance of the Combe du Valsorey. Then make a 180° right turn to go back down to the village.

Start: In front of the town hall (1631 m)
Destination: In front of the town hall (1632 m)

Author's recommendation

Admire the village bell tower which celebrated its millennium in 2015 and is one of the oldest in the Valais!

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1892 m 1632 m

  • Ascent

    260 m

  • Descent

    260 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 2 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 2 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Expérience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 4 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Take the train from Martigny (track 50) to Orsières then the bus to Bourg-St-Pierre. From the bus stop, walk to the beginning of the trail 300 m away at the foot of the bell tower.


Consult the timetable on www.cff.ch.


Exit the highway in Martigny at the 22-Gd-St-Bernard interchange. Take 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 at Bourg-Saint-Pierre by turning slightly to the right.


Free parking is located in front of the town hall. From there, walk to the beginning of the trail 300 m away at the foot of the bell tower.


We recommend :

  • Good waterproof shoes
  • Snowshoes
  • Walking sticks
  • Clothing adapted to the weather and cold: always have a waterproof jacket
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Bottle of water, picnic
  • Camera
  • Printed version of the itinerary (click on "print" to download)

Safety information

The use of the routes and information on this website is the responsibility of each hiker. Local conditions may lead to changes in the route. The Pays du St-Bernard declines all responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the information on the website.

  • Take a map with you. Download the complete route description with a large scale map by clicking on the "print" icon at the top right of the page.
  • Use only marked trails and observe all signs - for your safety, to protect livestock and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Be respectful of other users, plants and animals. Do not litter.
  • Take special care to protect yourself from the sun at high altitudes. UV rays can be very strong, even on overcast days.
  • Plan your hike carefully: take into consideration the physical level of each participant, the weather forecast and the season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly and unexpectedly in the mountains. It is essential to have appropriate clothing, as well as adequate food and water supplies. If the weather is uncertain, backtrack in time.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Be aware of the signs warning of constant danger, especially the danger of avalanches.
  • Inform your family and friends about your route and, if possible, choose to hike with others.


The tourist office of Liddes and Bourg-St-Pierre provides brochures for hiking in the region.


SwissTopo map 282S Martigny