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Trail des Patrouilleurs 15k

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  • View from the Chetzeron piste of the 4,000-metre peaks of the Val d’Anniviers.
    / View from the Chetzeron piste of the 4,000-metre peaks of the Val d’Anniviers.
    Photo: Trail des Patrouilleurs
  • / Col du Pochet ladders
    Photo: Trail des Patrouilleurs
  • / The giant letter “N” on the Chetzeron plateau.
    Photo: Louis Dasselborne, Trail des Patrouilleurs
  • / After the Bella Lui, the path continues to the Col du Pochet.
    Photo: Francois Panchard, Trail des Patrouilleurs
m 2500 2000 1500 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Point de vue (Cry d'Er) Bella Lui Place de … B-Ouest Bella Lui Crans-Montana Tourisme Chetzeron Merbé
Scale the heights above Crans-Montana with this itinerary that traces some of the resort’s ski pistes to take you up to the Bella Lui, revealing breathtaking views.
moderate
Distance 17.1 km
3:50 h
1,198 m
1,198 m
2,539 m
1,499 m
Follow the route of the famous Trail des Patrouilleurs team race (15 km course), which takes you up to the Bella Lui and then the iconic Col du Pochet. Starting at the Ycoor ice rink in Montana, the loop begins with a gentle climb as far as the Lac de Chermignon. The itinerary then becomes steeper, following the course of the famous Chetzeron ski piste up to the hotel of the same name, which reveals superb views of the Rhône valley and the surrounding peaks. Continue your climb as far as Cry d’Er, and then pass via Tsa Bonna to reach the Bella Lui, at an altitude of more than 2,500 metres. From here, do a loop that allows you to climb the ladders of the Col du Pochet for a guaranteed blast of adrenalin. Head back down via the initial section of the Chetzeron piste course before traversing to access Merbé and Arnouvaz. Eventually you reach the centre of Montana after a total descent of more than 1,200 metres, having enjoyed magnificent views of the Alps along the way.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the view of the Lac de Tseuzier and take a photo of the giant letter “N” as you head down to the Chetzeron plateau.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Summit of the Bella Lui, 2,539 m
Lowest point
Ycoor ice rink, 1,499 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Chetzeron
Merbé
Bella Lui

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at your 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.

For all trails:

  • Use marked trails only, and take note of all signposting – for both your own safety as well as that of grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Please treat other trail users, as well as the plants and animals, with respect.

For mountain trails:

  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at high altitudes. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan your trail carefully: take the fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season into consideration.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In case of uncertain weather conditions, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.
  • Take note of warning signs indicating the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs: water levels may rise rapidly without warning.

Tips and hints

More information about the destination:

Start

Ycoor ice rink, Montana (1,498 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'603'216E 1'128'914N
DD
46.311624, 7.480387
DMS
46°18'41.8"N 7°28'49.4"E
UTM
32T 382995 5129794
w3w 
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Destination

Ycoor ice rink, Montana

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Ycoor ice rink, in the centre of the resort of Crans-Montana, follow the road that leads past the Crans Ambassador hotel to reach the Lac de Chermignon. In winter, the Chetzeron ski piste finishes close by; follow the course of the piste up to the hotel of the same name, and then continue along a gentler path up to the Cry d’Er gondola summit station. From here, a path leads eastwards towards Tsa Bonna to access Arpochey and then the famous Col du Pochet, whose ladders allow you to climb up to the ridge. Anyone without a good head for heights can bypass this obstacle by following an alternative path. Follow the ridge to the highest point of your route, the Bella Lui, before beginning your descent. This leads you past the Chetzeron hotel, down to Merbé and eventually to the Arnouvaz restaurant. Finally head back down to the resort to return to the Ycoor ice rink.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From Sierre station, head up to the resort via the SMC funicular or PostBus.

Getting there

Follow the A9 motorway to exit 28 (“Sierre-Ouest”), then follow the signs for Crans-Montana to drive up to the resort.

Parking

Various parking options in the vicinity of the Ycoor ice rink.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'603'216E 1'128'914N
DD
46.311624, 7.480387
DMS
46°18'41.8"N 7°28'49.4"E
UTM
32T 382995 5129794
w3w 
///call.windy.prouder
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Crans-Montana can provide information on trail running in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25,000: 1287 Sierre

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • Good footwear
  • Weather-appropriate clothing: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • Hat or peak cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Hiking poles

Basic Equipment for Trail Running

  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Comfortable running shoes
  • Trail running socks
  • Vest pack
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Headlamp
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
17.1 km
Duration
3:50 h
Ascent
1,198 m
Descent
1,198 m
Highest point
2,539 m
Lowest point
1,499 m
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