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By following the bisse du Tsittoret, this walk takes you from Crans-Montana to Leukerbad via La Tièche, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful spots in Crans-Montana. 

The walk continues over the Varneralp and ends at Leukerbad.

Open
moderate
Distance 24.1 km
8:00 h
907 m
1,017 m
2,183 m
1,373 m
Discover the wealth and diversity of flora on the Varen alpine pasture plateau , the Varneralp. This walk follows the bisse du Tsittoret to the Tièche. On the way, walkers can enjoy the marvellous landscape before reaching the source of the bisse and, at last, the Tièche waterfalls. 12,000 years ago, this wonderful place was covered by a glacier. The walk continues along the hillside of the Varen alpine pasture, with an impressive view over the Haut-Valais region. Then a long descent leads you down to Leukerbad, where you can relax in the resort's thermal waters.

Author’s recommendation

After your long walk, take time to relax at the thermal baths of Leukerbad.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,183 m
Lowest point
1,373 m
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Track types

Nature trail 50.16%Path 40.35%Road 9.47%
Nature trail
12.1 km
Path
9.7 km
Road
2.3 km
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Safety information

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

Grand Place, Crans-Montana (1,475 m)
Coordinates:
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2'602'334E 1'128'357N
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46.306617, 7.468944
DMS
46°18'23.8"N 7°28'08.2"E
UTM
32T 382103 5129254
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Destination

Leukerbad

Turn-by-turn directions

Departure from Crans, Grand Place - Vermala - Marolires - Route de Plumachit - Hameau de Colombire - Cave du Sex - Varneralp - Theodoluskapelle - Larschi - Fiess - Arrival in Loèche-les-Bains

Note


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 or the funicular and from Sion station with the bus company CarPostal.

The free shuttle buses 431/432 of the SMC bus company serve the whole resort of Crans-Montana from mi-June until October.

The nearest stop to the start of this hike is: Crans, Grand Place.

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". Once you arrive in Crans-Montana, follow the signs for the Rhodania car park. The journey takes about 20 minutes. 

Parking

Rhodania car park

 Address: Parking du Rhodania, Route des Mélèzes 8, 3963 Crans-Montana

 Indoor paying car park: 116 spaces

The car park is closed between 11pm and 7am, but you can leave your car there overnight. 

 Progressive rate

 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'602'334E 1'128'357N
DD
46.306617, 7.468944
DMS
46°18'23.8"N 7°28'08.2"E
UTM
32T 382103 5129254
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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
24.1 km
Duration
8:00 h
Ascent
907 m
Descent
1,017 m
Highest point
2,183 m
Lowest point
1,373 m
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