This itinerary is ideal for all who appreciate tranquillity and pristine nature; the panoramic views of our mountains are superb. At the start of the walk, you pass close to the François-Xavier Bagnoud Observatory, where you can observe the sun by day and the stars, planets and galaxies at night (dates and reservations: www.ofxb.ch).
This is the starting point of the “Sentier des Planètes” (“Planets Trail”), a fascinating theme trail for all the family. It invites you to explore a scale reproduction of the solar system: you effectively travel 6 billion km through space along the 6 km of trail between Tignousa and the Hôtel Weisshorn. The planets, located to scale, are represented by works of art; each has its own information panel with scientific details.
When you reach the Hôtel Weisshorn, don’t miss the chance to taste their legendary and delicious “tarte aux myrtilles” (bilberry tart).
The final planet, Pluto, is located 1.5 km after the Hôtel Weisshorn.
Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible, avoid going alone.
Tips, hints and links
More information about the destination:
Getting thereMotorway A9, exit 29 (Sierre-Est), follow the signs towards Val d'Anniviers.
ParkingParking in Vissoie, take the postal bus to the start of the hike in St-Luc.
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- good footwear
- clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
- hat or cap
- bottle for water, picnic
- hiking poles (optional)
- printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)