Thanks to this Val d’Hérens trek, you will be able to discover a preserved, authentic, timeless central region of Valais. Sublime landscapes, uncrowded routes, magnificent mountains over 3000 and 4000 m, typical villages, gastronomy … Do you like it?
The small hamlet of Pralong is located in the Val des Dix, at the foot of the Grande Dixence . Wine and a plate of regional products await you on the terrace of your charming hotel.
You will begin to feel the ambience of the mountains in this quiet and timeless corner. If you arrive earlier in the day, we recommend a hike to the Mandelon mountain pasture, or to the Gouilles d’Essertze, or why not an immersion with a guide living in a neighboring village?
This trekking stage will take you from Val d’Hérémence to Val d’Hérens . It starts at Grande Dixence, the highest gravity dam in the world, and one of the pride of Valais.
After a brief transfer by car, a cable car climb will take you to the crown of the dam, at 2365 m. You will then follow the Lac des Dix in order to get used to your new activity for the next 4 days: hiking.
You will then rise in an increasingly mineral universe to reach the Riedmatten pass which separates the 2 valleys and will allow you to enjoy a magnificent landscape on the surrounding mountains. During the descent, you will gradually regain contact with the plant world, especially through the splendid forest of arolla which has given its name to Arolla.
In complete contrast to your 1 time step, the heights give way to pastures and picturesque villages.
The trail will take you to “Lac Bleu”, a magical place ideal for a break. Then it will take you through the mountain pastures of Etoile and Niva, above by Evolène , in which you may have the chance to meet the famous wrestling cows of the Val d’Hérens. You will also enjoy a splendid panorama on the Dent-Blanche and the Matterhorn, the most famous mountains of Valais.
Do not hesitate to ask your guide, passionate about geology, what are the fascinating characteristics of the place. You will thus be guided from the African plate to the European one.
You will pass through the different mountain pastures of Val d’Hérens , known among others for the cow of the Hérens breed, protagonist of the famous queen fights of Valais and the Aosta Valley, as well as for their production of raclette cheese.
The Pas de Lona will take you from Val d’Hérens to Val d’Anniviers, where you will enjoy a magnificent setting that will continue until you arrive at the refuge, at 2985 m. The panorama is grandiose, with a 360 ° view of the Rhône Valley, the Bernese Alps, Mont-Blanc, as well as the 4000 m of the Valais Alps, including the imperial crown. In the event of a clear sky, we advise you to spend some time on the terrace of your refuge to contemplate the sunset or the starry sky of this paradise of flora and fauna!
You can gain a few hundred meters of vertical drop in the morning, thanks to the taxi, if necessary.
D4 Cabane des Becs de Bosson – Nax – Vex (taxi)
For this last stage of your trekking in Valais, you will start your long descent in the Vallon de Réchy. This magnificent and still preserved jewel of nature will reveal many lakes and marshes to you. The flora is splendid there, and you may have the chance to see one of the master species of the place, such as the eagle, the chamois or the marmot.
A taxi will be waiting for you in Nax, and will bring you back to your car in Vex.
You are free, for this last day, to spend your last night in an authentic b & b in the Valley, in Vex, run by a welcoming host who knows the Valley perfectly.
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