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Tour of the Val d’Anniviers: Grimentz – Vercorin (stage 4)

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  • Hérens cow in the Val d'Anniviers
    Hérens cow in the Val d'Anniviers
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Panoramic trail on the western slopes overlooking the Val d’Anniviers, linking two of the valley’s most delightful villages: picturesque Grimentz and arty Vercorin.
moderate
Distance 12.9 km
4:30 h
585 m
860 m
2,139 m
1,313 m

The diversity of the Val d'Anniviers is highlighted by two villages and the high mountain path that links them. Overlooked by the highest peaks in the Valais, Grimentz stands out with its wooden houses festooned with flowers. Vercorin, on the other hand, lies on a sunny plateau overlooking the Rhone Valley.

The panorama trail between the two towns runs along the western slopes of the Val d'Anniviers. Apart from a steep climb at the start and the descent to the finish, it follows a high-altitude route, from which spectacular views can be enjoyed. While Grimentz has trails devoted to everything from geraniums to local legends, Vercorin has a handful of art galleries and museums, including one dedicated to the painter Édouard Vallet, who lived in the village for many years. Events are held here every year, including R&Art (contemporary art installations) and Vercojazz.

Author’s recommendation

The Anniviers Liberté/Freedom pass ensures a 50% reduction on the funicular railway, while travel by PostBus and certain activities are free.

 

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Author
Delia Inniger
Update: April 26, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Orzival, 2,139 m
Lowest point
Vercorin, 1,313 m
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 84.13%Road 15.86%
Forested/wild trail
10.9 km
Road
2.1 km
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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 destinations: 

Start

Grimentz (1,588 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'610'455E 1'113'826N
DD
46.175822, 7.574034
DMS
46°10'33.0"N 7°34'26.5"E
UTM
32T 389934 5114571
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Destination

Vercorin

Turn-by-turn directions

The full route links the two resorts, beginning with a steep climb and finishing with a long descent. Shorter alternatives are possible by making use of the gondolas at either end of the hike. 

For the full hike, start at the gondola station in Grimentz. The trail initially follows the route of the gondola, but about half-way up begins zig-zagging away to the right and eventually joins a track that leads northwards to the alpine pastures.

A long traverse of the high mountainsides leads to the pastures of Orzival (2,100 m) and then Tracuit (1,898 m). The path continues to Sigeroulaz – the middle station of the gondola from Vercorin to Crêt du Midi – before dropping steeply down to Vercorin itself.

For an easier start to the hike, take the gondola from Grimentz to Bendolla, and traverse the high slopes to join the route near Chiesso Blanc. To skip the final steep descent, take the gondola from Sigeroulaz down to Vercorin.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Train to Sierre, then postal bus to Grimentz (change at Vissoie). At end of walk, bus from Vercorin to Sierre; alternatively, cable car from Vercorin to Chalais, and onward by bus to Sierre. Find full timetable information at sbb.ch.

Getting there

A9 motorway, exit 29 (Sierre-Est), follow signs for Val d’Anniviers.

Parking

Park at Vissoie, Grimentz or Vercorin, and make use of Postbuses to reach the start of the walk and/or return from the finish. Bus journeys between Grimentz and Vercorin require a change in Vissoie.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'610'455E 1'113'826N
DD
46.175822, 7.574034
DMS
46°10'33.0"N 7°34'26.5"E
UTM
32T 389934 5114571
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist offices in Val d'Anniviers have got brochures and information material about hiking in the region.

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

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.9 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
585 m
Descent
860 m
Highest point
2,139 m
Lowest point
1,313 m
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