Autour du Mont Gond
Valais/Wallis Promotion Verified partner Explorers Choice
Tortin, japanese gardenPhoto: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion
Rest stopsCabane de Balavaux
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.
For all hikes:
- 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.
- Close gates after passing through.
- Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals.
- Do not leave any waste in nature.
For mountain hikes:
- 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 uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
For high-altitude hikes:
- Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.
- Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
- Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs: water levels may rise rapidly without warning.
Tips and hints
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More information about the destination:
Nendaz, Tracouet – Balavaux – Champ Ferret – Dents Rousses –La Tsa – Jardin japonais - Tortin – Siviez
This hike begins at the top of the Tracouet gondola. From here, follow the mountain pasture track towards Prarion. Once you arrive at Balavaux hut, take the small track on your left and walk past the cowshed where the Hérens cows stay during the summer. Cross the Balavaux pasture, where magnificent 1000-year-old larch trees stand proudly. At the end of this route, the path narrows and becomes steeper. Continue your ascent towards the Dents Rousses, the highest point of your hike at over 2,570m above sea level. From here, start your descent towards Tortin. On the way, don't forget to stop for refreshing break at the Jardin Japonais. Then continue down to Siviez, the final point of your hike, crossing the Tortin pasture and then, from the reservoir, following the footpath that runs alongside the Printse river.
Public-transport-friendlyTake the train to Sion, then Post Bus to Haute-Nendaz (gondola station), and finally the gondola to Tracouet. Find full timetable information at www.cff.ch.
Getting thereA9 motorway, exit 26 (Sion-Ouest) if driving from the west or exit 27 (Sion-Est) if approaching from the east. Follow signs for Haute-Nendaz up to the centre of the resort.
ParkingNendaz has various paid car parks (Prameira, Mer de Glace, Pré de la Patinoire). Follow the parking signs from Nendaz.
Book recommendation by the author
Get the Valais/Wallis hiking map to discover the best hikes in the region.
The Nendaz tourist office can provide you with a range of informative documents and brochures about hiking in the destination.
Author’s map recommendations
- good footwear
- clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
- hat or cap
- bottle for water
- binoculars (optional)
- hiking poles (optional)
- printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)
For certain walks:
- 5 Waypoints
- 5 Waypoints
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