The alpine pastures of Arbey occupy a sunny plateau about 400 vertical metres above the floor of the Val d’Hérens, opposite Evolène. In winter, the snow-covered pastures offer glorious views of the dramatic mountains that frame the Val d’Hérens, culminating in the valley’s emblematic peak, the Dent Blanche (4,357 m).
The trail begins on the valley floor just outside Evolène, and leads steadily up through pine forest to the Arbey pastures. In winter, a thick blanket of snow covers the frozen lake, the lush pastures and the roofs of the ancient wooden buildings: the sense of tranquillity is bewitching, and the views breathtaking.
The trail then leads gently downhill along the edge of the clearing before re-entering the forest for the descent back to the starting point.
This lies about 800 metres from the centre of Evolène: a gentle walk of about 15 minutes along quiet lanes. The village itself is well worth exploring, with its exceptionally well-preserved heart of ancient wooden houses.
Die Alpweiden von Arbey liegen auf einem Sonnenplateau gegenüber von Evolène, etwa 400 Meter über dem Val d’Hérens. Im Winter bieten die schneebedeckten Weiden herrliche Ausblicke auf die spektakulären Berge, die das Val d'Hérens umgeben und in der charismatischen Spitze der 4357 Meter hohen Dent Blanche gipfeln.
Rest stopsLac d'Arbey
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- 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.
Tips and hints
More information about the destination:
Getting thereA9 motorway, exit 27 (Sion-Est), follow signs for Evolène.
ParkingLarge car park at eastern edge of Evolène. The start of the snowshoe walk lies about 1 km away, across the river.
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- Good, waterproof footwear
- hiking poles
- 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)
- 2 Waypoints
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