Alp Tracouet with the Lac Noir mountain lake lies above the sunny Nendaz terrace – and this special spot just over the forest border is accessible by means of gondola rail. You should reckon with an hour for the climb along the mountain path to the Dent de Nendaz, from where you’re rewarded with views over the Rhone Valley to Bernese Alps in the west and the Mont Fort region.
Descent from the Lac Noir lake to Alp Balavaud: Where you discover well-weathered Larch trees, some of which the trunks measure around three meters in diameter and are up to 800 years old. Following the Bisse de Saxon (irrigation channel) you then make your way back to Nendaz.
Train to Sion and Postbus to Haute-Nendaz (Télécabine, end station), gondola rail to Tracouet
View: Over the whole of central Valais into the valley of Derborence and Diablerets rock walls, to Martigny and the Trient region, as well as upper Valais as far as the Bietschhorn
Attractions: Lake next to the mountain station, Europe’s most gigantic Larch trees, easy ascent to the Dent de Nendaz, round path alongside the famous water channels (Bisses) of Nendaz
Culinary aspects: Local specialities, Fondue and Raclette
Overnight stays: Tracouet: no possible accommodation
Cabane de Balavaux (15 minutes from the mountain station) multi-bed rooms, 40 sleeping places
Groups: Self-service: 300 indoor seats, 60 places on the terrace; 70 served indoor places and 80 places on the terrace (expandable for up to 130 people)
Winter: Winter sports region Haute-Nendaz, connection Mont-Fort / Verbier
Special comments: Enchanting Alphorn tradition on the Tracouet