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Cleuson Dam

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  • Hike around the Cleuson dam
    / Hike around the Cleuson dam
    Photo: Florian Bouvet-Fournier, Nendaz Tourisme
  • / Cleuson Dam
    Photo: Florian Bouvet-Fournier, Nendaz Tourisme
  • / View of the Cleuson dam
    Photo: Florian Bouvet-Fournier, Nendaz Tourisme
  • / View of the summits of the Mont Fort, the Bec des Étagnes and the Mont Gelé
    Photo: Yasmine Gaudin, Nendaz Tourisme
  • / View of the Mont Gelé from the bridge across the river La Printse de Tortin
    Photo: Yasmine Gaudin, Nendaz Tourisme
  • / View of the Cleuson dam
    Photo: Yasmine Gaudin, Nendaz Tourisme
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Set off on a wonderful hike along a former irrigation channel with a unique view of the turquoise waters of the Cleuson Dam.
moderate
11.6 km
3:40 h
123 m
634 m
The route along the former Chervé irrigation channel with its unique dry stone walls promises a wonderful high-altitude hike. Along the way, the view of the blue waters of the Cleuson lake and the impressive dam open up increasingly. Once on the summit, you’re in for a treat with the beauty and colours of the landscape. Before returning to Siviez, visit the charming mountain chapel of St Barthélémy awaiting visits from hikers in its enchanting alpine setting.

Author’s recommendation

In summer, don't miss a visit to the inner sanctum of the impressive Cleuson Dam. The tour lasts about an hour and takes place on Friday afternoons.
Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
Les Tsamos, 2355 m
Lowest point
Siviez, 1728 m
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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.

 

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, hints and links

Further information:

Start

Combatseline (2241 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.139674, 7.333649
DMS
46°08'22.8"N 7°20'01.1"E
UTM
32T 371296 5110916
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Destination

Siviez

Turn-by-turn directions

Follow the marked path along the former Chervé irrigation channel from the top station of the Combatseline chairlift in Siviez to above the Cleuson Dam. Take the path going down to the dam and continue next to its turquoise waters. When you reach the St. Barthélémy chapel, take a leisurely walk from the back of the dam along a pleasantly shady path. After crossing part of the forest, follow a small stream near Tortin mountain farm to return to where you started in Siviez.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From Geneva or Brig, take the train to Sion. Change for the post bus to the Haute-Nendaz gondola, then take the chairlift to Combatseline.

Getting there

Follow the A9 motorway and take exit 26 (Sion-Ouest) from Martigny, or 27 (Sion-Est) from Brig and drive in the direction of Haute-Nendaz.

Parking

Large car park available at the bottom of the Nendaz ski lifts.

Coordinates

DD
46.139674, 7.333649
DMS
46°08'22.8"N 7°20'01.1"E
UTM
32T 371296 5110916
w3w 
///snatched.tangent.averages
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Nendaz will provide information regarding hiking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopoMaps 1:25'000: 1326 Rosablanche

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, to download) 

 

For certain walks:

  • Swimwear

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September 03, 2020 · Community
Sehr schöne Tour, fantastische Umgebung
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Done at September 02, 2020

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.6 km
Duration
3:40h
Ascent
123 m
Descent
634 m
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