Hiking along the tree-line in Val d'Anniviers

Grimentz

Grimentz

Grimentz

Sud

Sud

Grimentz - vieux village

Grimentz - vieux village

Scex

Scex

Grimentz - view over the valley of Anniviers

Grimentz - view over the valley of Anniviers

Grimentz - départ de la télécabine de Bendolla

Grimentz - départ de la télécabine de Bendolla

Anniviers is apparently derived from Latin "ad nives", which means "at the snow". The eternal snow of the Valaisian Alps forms a stark contrast to the vineyards in the Rhône valley.

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The Rhône side- valley offers all kinds of challenges for the alpinist. The ridge path along the tree-line invites the connoisseur to fully savor the beauty of nature without undue exertion.

Begin of tour:
Grimentz-Bendolla mountain station
Access starting point: Arrive in Grimentz by bus and take the cableway to Bendola
Point of arrival: Crêt du Midi mountain station
Access point of arrival: Return trip by cableway to Vercorin, continue by bus
Hiking time: 2 h
Physical fitness: medium
Difficulty: easy
Difference in elevation: 200 m
Culmination point: 2332 m
Season: May - October
Gastronomy: Meals: Bendolla, Crêt du Midi
Overnight: in Grimentz, Vercorin, Sierre
Literature: Hiking map SAW Montana 1:50,000

Description

The mountain trains running from Grimentz upwards to Bendolla and from Crêt du Midi down to Vercorin have facilitated this hike of the leisurely kind. After an easy descent to Le Chèquet the path ascends, becoming a bit steeper on its way to Orzival via Les Tsougdires. The trail then descends once again, down to Crêt du Midi. Gorgeous views of the Rhône valley and the peaks of the surrounding mountains make this hike a wonderful experience. The starting point, Grimentz, and the destination, Vercorin (its location reminds one of an eagle's nest or eyrie) are lovely villages with many wooden houses built in the traditional Wallis style.

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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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