The panoramic walk starts high and aims high, promising fresh mountain air, an invigorating workout and thrilling views. It begins at an altitude of 1,725 metres in the village of La Forclaz, perched on a sunny plateau 300 vertical metres above the floor of the Val d’Hérens.
From here, the loop leads up the easternmost of the two valleys that converge way below. After a gentle ascent across open terrain, the trail climbs more steeply to reach the snow-covered pastures of Mayens de Bréona – at 2,087 metres, the highest point of the walk.
The grandstand view up the valley, towards a crown of dramatic pinnacles festooned with sparkling glaciers, is breathtaking. The valley, dominated by the Dent Blanche (4,357 m), is one of the wildest in the region, promising an experience of blissful tranquillity.
The trail then leads back down the valley at higher level, passing through fragrant pine forest before descending across white snowfields back to La Forclaz.
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 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.
- 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.
Tips and hints
More information about the destination:
Getting thereA9 motorway, exit 27 (Sion-Est), follow signs for Evolène / Les Haudères / La Forclaz.
ParkingPublic parkings available in La Forclaz. Follow the local car park routeing.
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- good footwear & snowshoes
- clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
- hat or cap
- bottle for water, picnic
- hiking poles (optional)
- printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)