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Cabane des Violettes (Violettes Hut)

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m 3000 2800 2600 2400 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 1200 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Relais Chez Erwin Cabane des Violettes Place de … A-Est Cascade - Ancien Bisse du Ro Cry d'Er Chetzeron Lettre géante "R"
For two days, enter into a world of rock and minerals.
Open
moderate
Distance 19.6 km
7:30 h
1,135 m
1,106 m
2,498 m
1,503 m
Departure from Crans, via one of the various paths that lead up to the Violettes Cabin, where you'll stay for a well deserved night's rest. The next day, set off towards the Plaine-Morte and cross the Col du Pochet pass before heading down to the Er de Chermignon. From here, walkers follow the stunning Bisse du Ro, which passes close to the Tseuzier Lake (Rawyl Dam). Returning along this legendary bisse, virtually clinging to the rock face in places, walkers can only imagine the difficulties encountered by those who built these incredible constructions with hardly any technical assistance. These men had a clear vision of the future, their survival method. Valaisian heritage is closely linked to the bisses (80of drinking water in Valais and 40 of drinking water in Switzerland comes from springs which are nearly all in mountain regions). This steep route, which can be vertiginous, but without great danger, is however unsuitable for those who suffer from vertigo or who are not fit.

Author’s recommendation

Although not very dangerous, this steep and somewhat vertiginous hike should not be undertaken by people who are prone to vertigo or are not in good physical condition. 
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
2,498 m
Lowest point
1,503 m
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Track types

Nature trail 41.46%Path 54.41%Road 2.63%Unknown 1.47%
Nature trail
8.1 km
Path
10.6 km
Road
0.5 km
Unknown
0.3 km
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Safety information

Certain parts are not recommended to people prone to vertigo.

 

Please follow the marked paths and respect nature (fauna and flora).

 

You should check the weather conditions before you leave.

 

Crans-Montana Tourisme & Congrès declines all responsibility in the event of an accident.

Tips and hints

For any further information: www.crans-montana.ch/en/walking/

Start

Departure of the Crans-Cry d'Er cablecars (1,503 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'602'168E 1'128'579N
DD
46.308615, 7.466790
DMS
46°18'31.0"N 7°28'00.4"E
UTM
32T 381942 5129480
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Destination

Departure of the Crans-Cry d'Er cablecars

Turn-by-turn directions

Departure from the Crans-Cry d'Er cablecars - Lac de Chermignon - Corbyre - Hôtel Chetzeron - Cry d'Er - Cabane des Violettes - Ancien Bisse du Ro - Plans-Mayens - Arrival at the Crans-Cry d'Er cablecars

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

The resort of Crans-Montana is easily accessible from Sierre station with the SMC bus company and from Sion station with the bus company CarPostal.

 

The free shuttle buses of the SMC bus company serve the whole resort of Crans-Montana. The nearest stop to the start of this hike is: Crans Téléphérique

Getting there

To reach Crans-Montana by car, take the exit of the A9 motorway (Rhône motorway) called "Sierre ouest". At the motorway exit, turn left and follow the signs for "Sierre". At the roundabout, turn right. Continue for 500 metres, then at the entrance to Sierre, turn left following the signs for "Crans-Montana". The journey takes about 20 minutes. Once you arrive in Crans-Montana, follow the signs for the centre of Crans and then the Crans-Cry d'Er car park.

Parking

Crans-Cry d'Er car park

 

Address: Parking Crans-Cry d'Er, Route des Téléphériques, 3963 Crans-Montana

Outdoor paying car park: 390 spaces

Monday-Sunday: 7am - 8pm

 

CHF 1.50/h (max. CHF 15.-/24h). Please note that the car park ticket machines do not accept debit or credit cards!

 

Your weekly, monthly or annual car park pass does not include the outdoor car park. 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'602'168E 1'128'579N
DD
46.308615, 7.466790
DMS
46°18'31.0"N 7°28'00.4"E
UTM
32T 381942 5129480
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map Crans-Montana-Sierre, edition mpa by Orell Füssli, 1:25'000, 2019 edition

Equipment

Good walking shoes.

 

As the weather changes rather quickly at high altitude, it would be better to bring an extra layer of warm clothing. 


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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
19.6 km
Duration
7:30 h
Ascent
1,135 m
Descent
1,106 m
Highest point
2,498 m
Lowest point
1,503 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Healthy climate

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