With its spectacular view of the Valais Alps, this is an ideal family hike. The stunning views will never cease to keep you breathless.
Distance 6.8 km
Highest point1,724 m
Lowest point1,359 m
The itinerary starts from Tourbillon, in the upper part of the Ovronnaz resort. A groomed trail leads to Patiers, a small hamlet above Les Mayens-de-Chamoson. It intersects the road to Loutze, which you can follow to reach the Loutze buvette with its welcoming terrace where you can have a relaxing break and enjoy Valais specialities. The view of the Haut de Cry and the Rhône plain is captivating. Return following the same route, or, at the Croix de Loutze, you can take the smaller Charbonnière track, which leads you to Patiers. From there, follow the cross-country ski trail back to Tourbillon.
Snowshoes: Two specially marked snowshoe trails lead to la Loutze. The first one climbs straight up from Tourbillon, starting just behind the Tourbillon shelter. The trail runs across the forest to the Loutse Colony in Proparon and then uphill to the Loutze buvette. The second snowshoe trail is between Croix de Loutze and the buvette, running to the northeast. It is the continuation of the Charbonnière path that originates in Patiers.
The forest around Tourbillon shelters an abundance of wildlife. Be sure to tiptoe if you want to spot wild animals in the early hours of the morning.
The itinerary starts from Tourbillon, in the upper part of the resort of Ovronnaz. The groomed track leads to Patiers, a small hamlet above Mayens-de-Chamoson. Continue for 1 km and then take the left fork to start the ascent. The trail winds through the forest until it reaches the Croix de Loutze.
The Haut de Cry and the Rhône valley lie below offering a magnificent view. The trail then leads along the road until reaching the Loutze refreshment bar. The descent starts from here and is quite steep in places.
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Regional train from Sion or Martigny to Riddes. From Riddes station, take the postal bus to Ovronnaz and stop at the "Ovronnaz, Chevalley" stop. From here, it takes about ten minutes on foot to reach the Tourbillon car park, the starting point of the hike. All information about train and bus timetables can be found at sbb.ch.
Exit the A9 motorway at exit n° 24 "Riddes-Leytron-Chamoson" and follow signs to Leytron and then Ovronnaz.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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Sturdy footwear and walking sticks are recommended. Crampons or snowshoes may be necessary.
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