Hike Along the Suonen in the Baltschieder Valley

Eggerberg / Sonnige Halden

Brig Saltinabrücke

Brig Saltinabrücke

Schlosshotel Art Furrer

Schlosshotel Art Furrer

Four narrow valleys run from the Bietschhorn (3934 m.a.sl.) in the Northern Valais Alps towards the Rhone Valley: the Joli Valley, the Gredetsch Valley, the Bietsch Valley and the Baltschieder Valley.

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Technical information

Begin/end of tour:Ausserberg
Access point of starting/arrival:train
Physical fitness:medium
Difficulty:medium
Hiking time:5h
Length:15.9 km
Season:June - october

Description

Wild mountain streams crash through the gorges, far removed from civilization and the sunny vineyards one usually associates with the Valais. Thanks to the clever engineering skills of the local farmers, small irrigation channels called "Suonen" are alimented by glacier water. They have been in place since the 14th century. Today they are also great places to guide one through the landscape: well-groomed hiking trails follow them. Nonetheless, the the trails sometimes veer close to the edge and require that hikers are free of vertigo and walk well.

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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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