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Snowshoe trail from St-Jean to Mayoux

· 1 review · Snowshoeing · Valais
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  • Snowshoe trail from St-Jean to Mayoux
    / Snowshoe trail from St-Jean to Mayoux
    Photo: Sierre Anniviers Tourisme
  • / Snowshoe trail from St-Jean to Mayoux
    Photo: Sierre Anniviers Tourisme
  • / Snowshoe trail from St-Jean to Mayoux
    Photo: Sierre Anniviers Tourisme
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The Orzival route is relatively demanding, with nearly 1,000 vertical metres of ascent to Orzival followed by a long descent to reach Mayoux. But the various stages of the itinerary, which take walkers through wild and pristine natural landscapes, plus the magnificent views from Orzival, make for a hike in a class of its own.

difficult
8.9 km
4:28 h
758 m
936 m

This itinerary, which will test your fitness, takes you from Saint-Jean to Mayoux via Orzival. To begin, you follow the ski run as far as Crêté, then continue along a path to the Pierre d’Avoin, and finally follow a forest track for several kilometres. You then embark on a steady climb through fragrant forest. When you reach Orzival, highest point of the walk, you enjoy a sensational panorama, which amply rewards all the efforts of the climb. After you have taken your fill of the glorious views, you set off again, your legs somewhat weary from the climb, for the descent to Mayoux. This walk may be rather demanding, but it offers a sensational experience of unspoilt nature.

Author’s recommendation

The route follows a short stretch of the St-Jean ski piste.

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Orzival , 2138 m
Lowest point
Mayoux , 1202 m
Best time of year
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Exposition
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Safety information

Use of the snowshoe 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 leave any waste 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.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible, avoid going alone.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • Good, waterproof footwear
  • Snowshoes
  • hiking poles
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water, picnic
  • camera
  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)

Tips, hints and links

More information about the destination:

Start

St-Jean (1380 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.197269, 7.583667
UTM
32T 390720 5116940

Destination

Mayoux

Turn-by-turn directions

The route begins at St-Jean. It first follows the ski run as far as Crêté and then continues along a path to the Pierre d’Avoin. From here, it leads along the Taougdires forest track and then along the path to Chiesso d’Orzival. Afterwards, the descent to Mayoux leads via Les Luisannes, Les Bouesses and Le Ché. From Mayoux, it is possible to return to the starting point (St-Jean) by PostBus.

Public transport

Regular trains to Sierre, then Car Postal in the direction of Vissoie. In Vissoie, take the bus towards Grimentz and get out at St-Jean.

Detailed schedules on cff.ch.

Getting there

Motorway A9 to Sierre, exit 29 Sierre-Est, then continue towards Val d'Anniviers to Vissoie. Follow the signs to St-Jean.

Parking

Car park in St-Jean d'en Haut, near the start of the tour.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Contact the local Tourist Office for details of snow conditions before setting off on the walk.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo national maps 1:50'000 : 273S Montana

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Reviews

4.0
(1)
Nika Zmora
March 24, 2019 · Community
Good tour, but indeed, difficult. Slopes are killers, either when you have to trawers on 45 degree slope or go uphill/downhill. Not a very popular track, what means deep snow for most of the time. Enjoyed it, but I'm dead.
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Done at March 24, 2019

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
8.9 km
Duration
4:28 h
Ascent
758 m
Descent
936 m
In and out Scenic
1600 m 1800 m
Morning
1600 m 1800 m
afternoon

Avalanche conditions

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No recent avalanche report available

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