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Grands Plans Path - Grimentz n°2

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The "Grands Plans - Grimentz" path is a beautiful hike from the top of the Grands Plans chairlift to the village of Grimentz.
easy
Distance 8.2 km
2:20 h
0 m
863 m
This hike runs partly on the ski area. Hikers will cross skiers, snowboarders and sledge riders. A second calmer part will allow hikers to reach the village of Grimentz by enjoying the peace of the forest.

Author’s recommendation

Would you like to know more about the typical village of Grimentz and its history? The Historical Path in Grimentz, on sale at the Tourist Office (CHF 3.-), will guide you into the history of the village.
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Anniviers Tourisme
Update: November 09, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Grands-Plans, arrival of the chairlift, 2,440 m
Lowest point
Grimentz, village, 1,577 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Restaurant l'étable du Marais

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes.

  • 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 leaveanywaste 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 uncertainweather, 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.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible, avoid going alone.

Tips and hints

Télécabine Grimentz-Bendolla

  • Consultez les horaires de la télécabine : Dates et horaires
    Première montée : 8h / Dernière descente : 17h
  • Consultez les tarifs : Tarifs

Contact

  • Caisse Grimentz : +41 27 476 20 00
  • info@grimentz-zinal.ch

Start

Sommet du télésiège des Grands Plans (2,440 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'608'770E 1'115'349N
DD
46.189546, 7.552242
DMS
46°11'22.4"N 7°33'08.1"E
UTM
32T 388280 5116126
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Destination

Village de Grimentz

Turn-by-turn directions

The "Grand Plans - Grimentz" path leads from the top of the Grand Plans chairlift to Grimentz. It follows the toboggan run, and, halfway between the Grand Plans and the Bendolla mountain restaurant, you can stop at the Alpage du Marais restaurant.

From there, the road makes a few more bends before reaching Bendolla. Head north for the second part of the descent. The path goes downhill and, before the Torrent du Marais, forks off onto an old mule track. The descent is sometimes in the forest and sometimes in a more open environment. The departure point of the ski lifts is reached via the Beauregard road and the Roua de la Fontana.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

You can easily reach Grimentz from Sierre by Postbus. Get off at the stop "Grimentz, télécabine" and take the cable car to Bendolla.

Getting there

Follow the A9 motorway towards Sierre, exit at Sierre-Est, direction Val d'Anniviers. In Vissoie, follow the sign for "Grimentz".

Parking

Possibility to park at the Clos des Frès or des Bouesses parkings.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'608'770E 1'115'349N
DD
46.189546, 7.552242
DMS
46°11'22.4"N 7°33'08.1"E
UTM
32T 388280 5116126
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Grimentz has brochures and information material about hiking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopoMaps 1:50000 : 273S Montana

Equipment

We recommend:

  •  Good, waterproof footwear
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • 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)

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • 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
easy
Distance
8.2 km
Duration
2:20 h
Descent
863 m
Linear route Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cableway ascent/descent Groomed snow
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