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Tour du Val d'Anniviers: Vallon de Réchy - Louché mountain lake (stage 5)

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  • Mountain lake Le Louché above Vercorin
    / Mountain lake Le Louché above Vercorin
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Hikers in the area of Col de Cou between Val d'Hérens and Vallon de Réchy
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Lac du Louché
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Ar du Tsan above Vercorin.
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
m 2700 2600 2500 2400 2300 2200 2100 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Vercorin CBV Lac du Louché Vercorin TVCM Crêt-du-Midi Crêt-du-Midi
Varied hike starting with a scenic gondola ride to Crêt du Midi. Trail leads high into the wild and pristine Vallon de Réchy and make a loop up to the "Le Louché" lake. 
moderate
Distance 15.1 km
5:00 h
710 m
710 m

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. 

 

Highlights: 

  • 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

Author’s recommendation

The marshes and lakes in the upper valley are home to many rare plants and flowers: bring a pocket lens to admire them.
Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
Le Louché, 2,577 m
Lowest point
Vercorin, 2,176 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

View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility: 

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Start

Crêt du Midi (gondola summit) (2,321 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'607'008E 1'119'772N
DD
46.229352, 7.529487
DMS
46°13'45.7"N 7°31'46.2"E
UTM
32T 386606 5120581
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Destination

Crêt du Midi (gondola summit)

Turn-by-turn directions

 

From the top station of the gondola at Crêt du Midi (2332 m), the trail leads gently up to the elevated peat bog of the Ar du Tsan, which is passed by the west.The ascent continues along the Rèche river, passing along a pretty pond (the Gouille de Potoc), and finally reaches the shores of the lake of Le Louché (2,567 m).

For the descent, the path follows the eastern side of the valley and leads to Ar du Tsan. From there, take the same road that goes back to the Crêt du Midi. 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Train to Sierre. Bus to to Vercorin; alternatively, bus from Sierre to Chalais, cable car from Chalais to Vercorin. Gondola from Vercorin to Crêt du Midi. Find full timetable information at www.sbb.ch.

Getting there

A9 motorway, exit 28 (Sierre-Ouest). Follow signs for Vercorin.

Parking

Parking at the cable car in Vercorin. Follow the local car park routeing in Vercorin.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'607'008E 1'119'772N
DD
46.229352, 7.529487
DMS
46°13'45.7"N 7°31'46.2"E
UTM
32T 386606 5120581
w3w 
///gearbox.reseller.observers
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Leaflet on the valley at local tourist offices

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1307 Vissoie / 1287 Sierre

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

Questions and answers

Question from Wolge · July 28, 2020 · Community
Guten Tag, gibt es auf dieser Wanderung ausgesetzte Stellen? Ist der Weg breit entlang der beiden Flanken und fällt der Berg dort sehr steil ab? Danke und Grüsse
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Answered by Valais/Wallis Promotion · July 30, 2020 · Valais/Wallis Promotion
Guten Tag Der Pfad ist überhaupt nicht freigelegt. Er ist auch nicht schwindelerregend. Die Wanderung ist gut markiert. Auf der anderen Seite ist es eine lange Wanderung mit einem ansteigenden Abschnitt, um den See zu erreichen. Schönen Tag

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.1 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
710 m
Descent
710 m
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