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Val Ferret from La Fouly

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  • Trail running in Val Ferret
    Trail running in Val Ferret
    Photo: Dan Patitucci, AlpsInsight
m 3000 2800 2600 2400 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Cabane de la Lechere Grand Col Ferret Buvette de l'Alpage des Ars Alpages de la Peule
This itinerary in the heart of the Val Ferret offers a breathtaking view of the Italian-Swiss valley and the jagged mountains that overlook it.
Distance 21.4 km
4:38 h
1,281 m
1,281 m
2,558 m
1,606 m
As you exit the village of La Fouly, take the path that goes up to the Petit col Ferret. The path makes a sharp turn at the Gîte de la Léchère and the grassy pastures quickly give way to the rocky world of the Taves du Dolent. Beneath the imposing Mont Dolent, you’ll reach the first pass with a spectacular view of the Val Ferret and the Grandes Jorasses. Cross over to the Italian side and enjoy a run through large expanses of grass before returning to Swiss territory via the Grand Col Ferret. Head down to the alpine pasture of La Peule on the famous Tour du Mont Blanc route. From the hut, follow a short, relatively steep climb before starting your descent towards the valley, where the path crosses numerous bridges to explore both sides of the Dranse.

Author’s recommendation

Stop by the Alpage de la Peule for a great espresso and delicious cheese. Open mid-June through mid-September.
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Laurie Morand
Update: September 10, 2020
Highest point
Italy (beneath the Tête de Ferret ), 2,558 m
Lowest point
La Fouly, 1,606 m
Best time of year

Track types

Forested/wild trail 26.28%Path 61.91%Road 4.30%Unknown 7.49%
Forested/wild trail
5.6 km
13.3 km
0.9 km
1.6 km
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Rest stops

Alpages de la Peule

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: La Fouly


La Fouly (1,606 m)
2'573'470E 1'086'563N
45.930138, 7.096647
45°55'48.5"N 7°05'47.9"E
32T 352434 5088046
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La Fouly

Turn-by-turn directions

From La Fouly, the trail starts gradually uphill toward the Gîte de la Léchère where, making a sharp turn, it continues steadily uphill to Petit Col Ferret which is one way of getting to Italy, while the Grand Col Ferret leads back to Swiss territory. Coming back into Switzerland, the trail heads down to the Alpage de la Peule.  A short but steep climb follows, before dropping downtoward the Torrent des Peaux, turning just before Mont Percé. Passing Les Ars Dessus, the trail traverses the grassy hillside known as the Ravines des Ars before descending to Ferret, crossing the river, and following the Dranse de Ferret back to La Fouly.


La Fouly - Léchère - Petit Col Ferret - Grand Col Ferret - Alpage de la Peule - Torrent des Peaux- Les Ars Dessus - Ferret - La Fouly


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Public transport

Take the train to Martigny, followed by a regional connection to Sembrancher and then another to Orsières, from where a bus runs to Ferret and then La Fouly.

Getting there

Take the A9 motorway to Martigny, then continue on the Route du Grand-Saint-Bernard towards Orsières. Follow Som-la-Proz, Issert, Branche-d'en-Bas and Prayon before reaching La Fouly and continuing on the Route de Ferret.


Parking is available along in Route de Ferret in La Fouly.


2'573'470E 1'086'563N
45.930138, 7.096647
45°55'48.5"N 7°05'47.9"E
32T 352434 5088046
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

La Fouly tourist office offers information regarding trail running in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25,000: 1345 Orsières / 1365 Gd-St-Bernard


We recommend: 

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

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Edwin Keulers
August 04, 2022 · Community
Found this trailrunroute on this page. Beforehand I was a bit concerned about the part between petit and grand Col Ferret but this was lovely meadows, a spectacular view over Italy and only a few parts where there's a more steep climb. I could enjoy the views and the solitude there before joining the crowded path of the TMB. The "extra" part after la Peule before returning to la Fouly was optional for me. I decided at la Peule to do that part as well and I'm glad I did. Solitude and silence again. A steep climb but through lovely bushes and flowers into a beautifull valley.
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When did you do this route? July 18, 2022

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21.4 km
4:38 h
1,281 m
1,281 m
Highest point
2,558 m
Lowest point
1,606 m
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