Alpine garden and bear's lair above Bex

Bex

Aerodrome de Bex

Aerodrome de Bex

Les Martinets

Les Martinets

Bex

Bex

Fir trees, up to 500 years old, flowers, butterflies, gentian and woodchucks (marmots): the valley of Avançon is home to a varied flora and fauna. It is highly likely that you will spot chamois and ibex .

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Begin and end of tour:Les Plans-sur-Bex
Access starting point:From Bex by postal bus
Hiking time:4 h
Physical fitness:medium difficulty
Difficulty:medium difficulty
Difference in elevation:500 m
Culmination point:1610 m
Season:May - October
Gastronomy:Pont-de-Nant, Les-Plans-sur-Bex
Literature:Hiking map SAW Saint Maurice 1:50,000

Description

The bracing climate with its scant rainfall is also special. Craggy, bizarre rock formations predominate in this landscape. The immense Grand-Muveran mountain with its 800 meter high rock face towers over this landscape. Ferdinand Hodler has immortalized the mountain on canvas. The alpine garden "Thomasia" lies right behind Pont-de-Nant. The garden was planted by the Thomas family in 1891. You will hike along the Avançon, subsequently ascending to a wooden bridge. After the narrow path leading through the underbrush, the next highlight awaits you: the «Trou à l'Ours» or bear's lair. Here you must be sure of foot. The trail then leads back down to Les Plans-sur-Bex via Cinglo.

Other attraction: The salt mines of Bex

Fascinating guided tour through the salt mine Le Bouillet in Bex (Waadtland region). The tour through this enormous subterranean labyrinth reveals the spectacular and peculiar aspects of excavation and mining techniques that have been in use since 1684, when the first tunnel was built. The same mining techniques are still used today.

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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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