5-day walk through a valley steeped in tradition, its authentic villages and lush alpine meadows, culminating at the mountain refuge of Cabane des Becs de Bossons at 2,985 m.
The first stage of the Val d‘Hérens Tour is a top-class panoramic hike against a dramatic backdrop of glaciated mountains. The route leads from Thyon past an idyllic high wetland, Les Gouilles d’Essertze, to Grande Dixence, the world’s tallest gravity dam. The second leg begins on the crest of the dam and follows the shores of the Lac des Dix before a steep climb to the legendary Col de Riedmatten and a descent to the village of Arolla. The third stage links the valley’s ancient villages, whose well-preserved hearts, full of historical charm, bear witness to traditional life in the Valais Alps. At Evolène, the fourth stage starts with a climb via alpine meadows and through forests to a high-altitude mountain refuge, the Cabane des Becs de Bosson: the highest point of the entire hike. After a night here, the final, fifth stage leads into the wild and pristine Vallon de Réchy and on to Nax, whose magnificent views have earned the village the nickname of “heaven’s balcony”.
Stop to admire the Euseigne rock pyramids on your journey into the Val d’Hérens, find out about the Grande Dixence and its history at the visitor centre, and bring a pair of binoculars to observe the wildlife in the Vallon de Réchy.
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