Hidden between the Val d’Hérens and the Val d’Anniviers, the smaller valley of Vallon de Réchy is a natural gem, whose upper reaches are free of roads and all construction. Each of the valley’s three levels has a different character, and this magnificent hike explores all of them.
The trail begins at Crêt du Midi: accessible by gondola from Vercorin, with sweeping views of the Rhône valley on the way up. From here, the trail leads along the eastern flank of the lower part of the Vallon de Réchy, overlooking the valley’s forests, meadows and clearings. This level of the valley culminates in a barrier of rock, over which the river La Rèche falls in a glittering cascade.
Next level up is the Ar du Tsan, a wide bowl whose heart is a lush wetland through which La Rèche flows in glittering meanders. The trail climbs higher still to the upper reaches of the valley – and the alpine lake of Le Louché, a place of blissful tranquillity. Linger for excellent chances to spot wildlife.
On the descent, the route passes through the eastern side of the valley and finally reaches the Crêt du Midi by the same route.
- Scenic gondola ride at start of walk
- Vallon de Réchy – one of the last valleys of Valais without motorised traffic, a natural paradise
- Waterfall, wetlands, alpine lake, abundant wildlife
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
View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility:
Getting thereA9 motorway, exit 28 (Sierre-Ouest). Follow signs for Vercorin.
ParkingParking at the cable car in Vercorin. Follow the local car park routeing in Vercorin.
Book recommendation by the author
Author’s map recommendations
- good footwear
- clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
- hat or cap
- bottle for water
- binoculars (optional)
- hiking poles (optional)
- printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, to download)
For certain walks: