N°1 - This medium altitude path allows you to immerse deeply into the forest, with a beautiful view on St-Luc and Chandolin on the way out and a more alpine panorama on the way back, with the 4000-meter peaks in the background.
Distance 9.4 km
Highest point2,060 m
Lowest point1,573 m
« La Pierre d'Avoin, les Tsougdires, les Luisannes, L'Irette, Orzival », ... all these places with names coming from the local dialect, are an invitation to discover Grimentz and its small old farm buildings from another angle. This 8-kilometre loop route first crosses the village, then a forest, before reaching the Torrent des Moulins. The way back offers a stunning view on the valley, together with the peacefull atmosphere of the forest.
With good weather conditions, you can enjoy a picnic at the Alpage d'Orzival.
Update: April 01, 2022
Montagnette, 2,060 m
Grimentz, 1,573 m
Best time of year
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.
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.
Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. Do not leaveanywaste in nature.
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 uncertainweather, turn back in good time.
Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger, especially the danger of avalanches.
From the Gondola station, follow the road leading towards the upper part of Grimentz. Follow the path on the left that climbs up to the Pierre d'Avoin. Continue on this path until you reach the intersection with the Tsougdires forest road. Continue on the forest road. After a few kilometres, take the path on the right side leading dowhill. You will cross Pramprilett and Ziettes and reach a forest road. Go back to Grimentz by following this forest road.
all notes on protected areas
Grimentz is easily accessible from Sierre by Postbus. Get off at the bus stop "Grimentz/Télécabine", then follow the sign.
Take the A9 motorway towards Sierre, exit at Sierre-Est, direction val d'Anniviers. In Vissoie, follow the sign to "Grimentz".
Possibility to park at the Clos des Frès or des Bouesses parkings.
32T 389940 5114589
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
The tourist office in Grimentz has brochures and information material about hiking in the region.
Author’s map recommendations
SwissTopoMaps 1:50000 : 273S Montana
Good, waterproof footwear
clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
hat or cap
bottle for water, picnic
printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)