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Tour de la Seya

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Panoramic walk along the high ridge linking La Seya and Grand Garde, famous for its variety of alpine flowers. Scenic chairlift ride up; gentle walk down to resort through forests and pastures.
moderate
Distance 8.1 km
2:59 h
287 m
847 m

The views from the high ridge west of Ovronnaz are mesmerising. At La Seya (2,182 m), at the northern end of the ridge, hikers enjoy a 360-degree view from the Finsteraarhorn to Mont-Blanc, including 35 peaks higher than 4,000 m. Grand Garde (2,145 m), at the southern end of the ridge, offers panoramic views of the whole Rhône valley, from the depths of the Lötschental to the sparkling Trient Glacier.

The high ridge is also the focus of a fascinating botanical trail. Enjoy an enchanting variety of flowers including narcissus anemone, alpine gentian, elder-flowered orchid and alpine pasqueflower – with details at information posts along the trail.

The Tour de La Seya begins at the top of the Jorasse chairlift with a gentle climb to the alpine pastures of Petit Pré and a steeper ascent to La Seya. The trail then leads along the length of the ridge to Grand Garde. 

The path back to Ovronnaz follows a clearly marked trail via the alpine pastures of Queu and Odonne – typically through herds of cattle grazing on the lush, flower-filled meadows. Just above the bottom of the Jorasse chairlift, the path passes the Centre Sportif Cantonal: the leading sports training centre for the whole of Valais, used by schools, clubs and associations for a wide variety of sports camps.

 

Highlights

  • Glorious ridge walk: thrilling views of the Rhône valley and snow-capped peaks
  • Scenic chairlift ride up
  • Abundance of alpine flowers – info panels along the way

Author’s recommendation

Soothe sore muscles with a relaxing visit to the resort’s thermal spa, Les Bains d’Ovronnaz.
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
Queu Dehor, 2,189 m
Lowest point
Ovronnaz TOJ, 1,380 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 and hints

More information about the destination: 

Start

Jorasse (chairlift summit station) (1,939 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'577'062E 1'116'954N
DD
46.203645, 7.141462
DMS
46°12'13.1"N 7°08'29.3"E
UTM
32T 356618 5118353
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Destination

Ovronnaz village

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail begins at the top of the Jorasse chairlift. The Restaurant de Jorasse (1,940 m) has a large panoramic terrace as well as a fun children’s playground. Set off southwards in the direction of the meadows of Petit Pré; a further climb of another 30 minutes leads across larch forest and its 1,000 flowers of all colours up to La Seya.

The well-marked trail generally follows the crest of the ridge. To reach Grand Garde at the end of the ridge, hikers have to negotiate a rock fitted with chains; walkers who suffer vertigo can take a variant path instead down to the pastures of Queu, and rejoin the main route there. The final stretch of trail is a leisurely descent through fragrant pine forest and across sunny meadows back to Ovronnaz.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Regional train from Sion or Martigny to Riddes. From Riddes station, take the postal bus to Ovronnaz. The Jorasse chairlift is about 400 m walk from the bus stop. All information about train and bus timetables can be found at sbb.ch.

Getting there

A9 motorway, exit 24 (Riddes). Follow signs to Leytron, then Ovronnaz.

Parking

Large car park (free) at bottom station of Jorasse chairlift. Follow the local car park routeing in Ovronnaz. 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'577'062E 1'116'954N
DD
46.203645, 7.141462
DMS
46°12'13.1"N 7°08'29.3"E
UTM
32T 356618 5118353
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

A plant identification leaflet is available in high-quality printed form free of charge at the gondola ticket office. The tourist office in Ovronnaz has got brochures and information material about hiking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1305 Dent de Morcles

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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.1 km
Duration
2:59 h
Ascent
287 m
Descent
847 m
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