|Begin of tour:||Nendaz / Tracouet mountain station|
|End of tour:||Nendaz / Tracouet mountain station|
|Access starting point:||By cable car from Nendaz|
|Access point of arrival:||By cable car to Nendaz|
|Hiking time:||2 h|
|Gastronomy:||• Cabane de Balavaux|
• Restaurant Plan-du-Fou
• Restaurant Tracouet
The 4 Vallées mountain sports area in the lower Valais is home to a unique natural attraction – Europe’s oldest and most magnificent larches growing on the Alp Balavaux. There are around 250 trees here of which the greatest is over 800 years old with a diameter of about 3 metres. There is a beautiful winter trail running through this enchanted spot. Start out at the top station of the Nendaz to Tracouet cable railway. This cleared trail slopes gently downwards as it runs along the edge of the Dent de Nendaz towards Alp Balavaux. Along the way you will enjoy the continually changing perspectives of the surrounding peaks and superb views down into the Rhone Valley. After you have passed the Cabane de Balavaux mountain restaurant, the trail continues gently upwards to Prarion and to the valley station of the aerial cableway up the Plan du Fou. The magnificent views make the upward detour very worthwhile. Return to the starting point, the Tracouet cable railway mountain station, along the same route.
Tracouet (Nendaz) - Plan de Fou - Tracouet
This winter hike begins at the Tracouet mountain station and leads up to Plan de Fou. It takes just over half an hour to reach the valley station of the cable car up to Plan de Fou. Simply ride up to the top in the cable car, enjoying the views on the way, and then return by the same route all the way back down to Tracouet.
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.