This route is ideal to discover the region of Crans-Montana. While physically and technically demanding, it is also extremely varied. Possible start from Crans-Cry d'Er car park. Possibles variants through Cave du Sex and Chermignen-d'en-Haut.
Distance 49 km
Highest point2,002 m
Lowest point719 m
There is also the possibility to visit more than one museum on the way. The itinerary offers a very nice mix of landscapes. Departure is at Lake Moubra, then the route takes you towards Arnouva, along the Grenon and Chermignon?s lakes. The tour continues to Marolires and then to Courtavey. Next, you will arrive to Ploumachit and then to Colombire, with its alpage museum, and further on to the alpage Cave du Scex. An impressive Alpine panorama, a relaxing atmosphere and the many typical restaurants will offer you many unforgettable moments. Before heading down, you still have the last effort up to reach the beginning of the Tsittoret?s Bisse. There you will have to cross a little bridge before heading down for about 15 km through Cordona, Planige, Venthône, Tovachir until Chermignon-d'en-Bas. You will then arrive to Lens, a very nice village. Here you can visit the art musem Fondation Pierre Arnaud and the historical museum Le Grand-Lens. The return to Crans-Montana is via the upper reaches of Icogne, the most westerly village in Crans-Montana or you can pass through Chermignon-d'en Haut. From the mayens, the uphill to the resort requires quite some efforts before returning to the start point at Moubra Lake. You can rest at Lake Moubra on the beach or choose one of the various activities offered there.
Update: April 10, 2022
Along the course, you’ll meet hikers, dog walkers, horse riders,etc., so be cautious and respect others !
Départ du Lac de la Moubra - Lac Grenon via la Route des Sommets de Crans - Lac de Chermignon via la Route du Zotzet - Arrivée des télécabines Montana-Arnouva - Marolires à l'intermédiaire des télécabines Barzettes-Violettes - Plumachit - Hameau de Colombire - Passage au dessu du Cave du Sex - Redescendre via la forêt - Venthône - Chermignon-d'en-Bas - Lens - Tsantové via Chemin de la Scie - Passage à proximité du Lac des Miriouges - Passage en forêt en parallèle à la Rue de Pirrazilina - Arrivée au Lac de la Moubra
all notes on protected areas
The resort of Crans-Montana is easily accessible from Sierre station with the SMC bus company or the funicular and from Sion station with the bus company CarPostal.
The free shuttle buses of the SMC bus company serve the whole resort of Crans-Montana from mid-june to october.
The nearest stop to this ride by shuttle bus is: La Moubra, line 433.
To reach Crans-Montana by car, take the exit of the A9 motorway (Rhône motorway) called "Sierre ouest". At the motorway exit, turn left and follow the signs for "Sierre". At the roundabout, turn right. Continue for 500 metres, then at the entrance to Sierre, turn left following the signs for "Crans-Montana".
Take the Route de Crans-Montana to the junction of the former pneumology centre.
Follow then the Route de la Moubra on your right and take the second exit at the roundabout towards Lac Moubra.
The journey takes about 20 minutes.
From Crans-Montana: Go to the centre of Montana and drive down the Route de la Moubra to Lake Moubra.
Free parking is available at La Moubra.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Author’s map recommendations
Mountainbike/Downhill map Crans-Montana – 1 :25'000, available at the tourist office.
Helmets are mandatory.
Knee and elbow pads and backprotection are recommended.