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Tour of the 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
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Varied hike starting with a scenic gondola ride to Crêt du Midi. Trail leads into the magnificent Vallon de Réchy and loops up to "Le Louché" lake. 
Distance 15.1 km
5:00 h
710 m
710 m
2,577 m
2,176 m
Located between the Val d'Hérens and the Val d'Anniviers, the Réchy valley is a veritable gem of which the upper part is completely free of roads and buildings. The starting point of the trail is at Crêt-du-Midi. Enjoy the panorama of the Rhone Valley from the cable car that connects Vercorin. From here, the path follows the eastern side of the valley, offering a magnificent view of its forests, meadows and clearings. This level ends on a rock barrier that La Rèche crosses in the tumult of a magnificent waterfall. The next level, the middle valley, is dominated by the Ar du Tsan, a large marshy basin where the river meanders. Continue up the valley to the upper valley and the mountain lake of Louché, a site of absolute tranquillity and a good chance of wildlife sightings. On the way down, the route passes through the eastern side of the valley and finally reaches the Crêt-du-Midi by the same route.

Author’s recommendation

The Anniviers Liberté pass offers a 50% discount on the funicular and free travel on the PostBus as well as certain activities.
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Delia Inniger
Update: April 26, 2022
Highest point
Le Louché, 2,577 m
Lowest point
Vercorin, 2,176 m
Best time of year

Track types

Forested/wild trail 56.21%Path 43.52%Unknown 0.26%
Forested/wild trail
8.5 km
6.6 km
0 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

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


Crêt du Midi (gondola summit)

Turn-by-turn directions

From the top of the cable car at Crêt-du-Midi, the path climbs slightly up the eastern side of the valley. It skirts the marshes of the Ar du Tsan from the west and passes near a waterfall.

The ascent continues along a picturesque pond, the Gouille de Potoc, before reaching the banks of the Lac du Louché, the highest point of the hike.

On the way down, the path takes another route along the eastern side of the valley to reach Ar du Tsan. From here, take the same road that leads to the Crêt-du-Midi.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the train to Sierre, then the bus to Vercorin, or the bus from Sierre to Chalais then the cable car from Chalais to Vercorin. Take the cable car from Vercorin to Crêt-du-Midi. All information about the timetable is available on

Getting there

Motorway A9, exit 28 (Sierre-ouest) Follow the signs to "Vercorin".


Parking at the Vercorin cable car. Follow the signs for parking in Vercorin.


2'607'008E 1'119'772N
46.229352, 7.529487
46°13'45.7"N 7°31'46.2"E
32T 386606 5120581
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


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 Mégane Roduit · 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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15.1 km
5:00 h
710 m
710 m
Highest point
2,577 m
Lowest point
2,176 m
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