From Alp to Alp in the Eringer Valley

St-Martin/Val d'Hérens

Lone alpine meadows and above all crowning glacier summit parade on the Val d'Hérens highland hike - the beauty of which almost blows you away!

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Technical information

Starting point:St-Martin VS
Destination:St-Martin/Eison
Getting to the start:Bus from Sion to St-Martin/Eglise
Getting to your destination:Bus from Eison/La Crettaz to Sion
Technical challenge:medium
Physical challenge:medium
Length:9.4 km
Hiking time:4 hourrs 30 min
Catering:Diverse guesthouses in St-Martin; Alpage de Loveignoz; Alpage d'Esion
Time of year:Mid June until the end of September

Description

Start of this hike is a bit tough but later well rewarded. From St-Martin the path to follow reveals a continuous climb, first through fields and on via the protected woods, past the village and on up to the Alp Loveignoz; during which you ascend a total 700 meters in altitude. Now it’s definitely time for a stop – and what could be more welcome than a charming little mountain-catering establishment (in support of the Alpine economy, but not as restaurant) with a small but delicious variety of own cheeses, rye bread and drinks.

The tour continues above the woodland tree line, hence offering clear views of the sharp jagged peaks in the backdrop together with Dent d'Hérens and Dent du Perroc. Climbing moderately, the path along a sunny slope now leads up to the Alp L'A Vieille – where summer sees the legendary Eringer cows out to graze. This breed of cow has long made its name as a fighter beyond the valley confines to which it owes its name - Eringer of course stemming from Val d'Hérens (Eringertal). The way to the Eison/La Crettaz hamlet now continues over pastures, passing picturesque Maiensäss huts on the way.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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