For two days, enter into a world of rock and minerals.
Distance 19.6 km
Highest point2,498 m
Lowest point1,503 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.
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.
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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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
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.
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.