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Walking Raccard du Blé ( Download : )
Raccard du Blé
distance 5.03mi Vertical gain +1230ft Vertical drop -1240ft Durée 3h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Orsières - Valais

A circular walk in the lower part of the Swiss Val Ferret. One of the walks publicized by the tourist office and well signposted. There are information boards (in French) about the construction of traditional barns made from local stone and timber. Easy walking, navigation and some interesting information. The first section is on a quiet road.

Chemin de Bouquetins / des Bergers
distance 5.22mi Vertical gain +387ft Vertical drop -1650ft Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Orsières - Valais

This walk is a mixture of the Chemin de Bouquetins which coincides with the Sentier des Bergers in places. It takes advantage of the ski-lift in Fouly to save on the ascent but you can always walk uphill if you choose. These walks are both publicized by the tourist office and are well signposted.

Petit and Grand Cols Ferret
distance 8.65mi Vertical gain +3041ft Vertical drop -3031ft Durée 6h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Orsières - Valais

A lovely circular walk taking in both of the Col Ferrets. Done the way described means that you will ascend the steeper sections and enjoy the easy descent following the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) path.

Pointe d'Orny : out and return from the La Breya ski lift.
distance 8.35mi Vertical gain +3871ft Vertical drop -3862ft Durée 7h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Orsières - Valais

An ascent of an easy alpine peak starting from the La Breya ski lift and via the Orny and Trient mountain huts. Superb views over the Trient Plateau.

Walking Sentier du Bisse ( Download : )
Sentier du Bisse
distance 2.55mi Vertical gain +502ft Vertical drop -505ft Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Orsières - Valais

A short and easy walk from Champex Lac, taking the well signposted and good paths beside the Bisse. These are the water channels made to control and route the flow of water for irrigation purposes. The path returns to Champex via part of the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) path.

distance 7.75mi Vertical gain +4272ft Vertical drop -4170ft Durée 7h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Orsières - Valais

6th stage of the Mont Blanc tour: from the Relais d'Arpette to the Forclaz Pass via la Fenêtre d'Arpette.

Champex to Cabane d'Orny and return via La Breya summit and ski lift.
distance 7.85mi Vertical gain +5141ft Vertical drop -2831ft Durée 8h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Orsières - Valais

A circular walk from Champex Lac; ascending the tranquil and beautiful Combe d'Orny and joining the path to the Cabane d'Orny where there are refreshments available. The descent is via the path back to the La Breya ski lift taking in an optional ascent of La Breya. (It is also possible to descend by foot via the Val d' Arpette or from the ski lift, similarly the walk can be shortened and height gain reduced by taking the ski lift up.)

Walking Lacs de Fenêtre ( Download : )
Lacs de Fenêtre
distance 7.72mi Vertical gain +3169ft Vertical drop -3173ft Durée 6h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Rhémy-En-Bosses - Province de Aosta

A superb circular walk crossing three cols and the border into Italy and back. There are amazing and changing views throughout. Recently upgraded with signage as a locally important route and marked as 210 on the Swiss side of the border, 103 or 13a on the Italian side.
Described here in a clockwise direction as the Col du Bastillon is better in ascent than descent.

distance 8.78mi Vertical gain +3379ft Vertical drop -3940ft Durée 7h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Trient - Valais

7th stage of the TMB: from Forclaz pass to Montroc

distance 63mi Vertical gain +27411ft Vertical drop -26129ft Durée 7 days Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Bagnes - Valais

In the Swiss valley, this particularly pleasant hike allows you to explore the many 4000 m peaks that surround the route.

N.B. this route is outlined on Openmap which doesn't have the details of our fine IGN maps. Before being able to get your hands on a Swiss map, which are more precise, the route and GPS layouts will be handy for this pleasant trek.

distance 2.01mi Vertical gain +2618ft Vertical drop -203ft Durée 3h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bagnes - Valais

First stage of this trek linking Fionay village to Saas Fee. A pleasant stage reaching Louvie Hut (la Cabane de Louvie) built on the edge of Louvie Lake.

distance 6.32mi Vertical gain +3287ft Vertical drop -1909ft Durée 5h45 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Bagnes - Valais

Second stage of this hike crossing two passes, Louvie Pass and Prafleuri Pass, both snow-covered.

distance 12.28mi Vertical gain +4314ft Vertical drop -7510ft Durée 9h25 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Hérémence - Valais

An unusual stage today: it starts with a downhill hike before a long climb uphill, a second descent and a ski lift ride followed by a walk over flatland and a bus ride to the lodge.

Walking Tête de Chalin ( Download : )
distance 7.86mi Vertical gain +3701ft Vertical drop -3684ft Durée 6h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Monthey - Valais

An uphill hike taking you to the foot of the Eastern Peak (Cime de l'Est), eastern peninsular of "les Dents du Midi", with mind-blowing mountain view points and a panoramic view extending towards the Vaudois Alps. A challenging itinerary with a short aerial path through ridges.

distance 7.18mi Vertical gain +3058ft Vertical drop -417ft Durée 6h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Arvier - Province de Aosta

A Trek through Valgrisenche with a view over the large village dam.

distance 47.79mi Vertical gain +22395ft Vertical drop -22297ft Durée 7 days Average Average
Starting point Starting point in La Thuile (Province de Aosta) - Province de Aosta

It may not be true paradise but it certainly is heavenly. An exceptional group trek carried out in July 2011 which allows you to explore the Val D'aoste valleys ending with a balcony trail to Gran Paradiso summit.

Walking La Joux - Deffeyes Shelter ( Download : )
distance 3.32mi Vertical gain +2959ft Vertical drop -108ft Durée 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in La Thuile (Province de Aosta) - Province de Aosta

A trek across the Gran Paradiso passing through the 5 surrounding valleys.

distance 8.28mi Vertical gain +3757ft Vertical drop -6788ft Durée 7h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in La Thuile (Province de Aosta) - Province de Aosta

A long and difficult stage due to the ascension of 2 passes.

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