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A hundred kilometers of hiking trails follow the historic water channels ("bisses") around the sun-drenched resort of Nendaz. This route starts from the village centre and continues along the "Bisse du Milieu" (Middle Channel) to Planchouet, with its water catchments. Return to the village via the "Bisse Vieux" (Old Channel).

Description

The setting could hardly be more beautiful. From the terraces of Nendaz, situated at between 1300 and 1400 metres above sea level, a fantastic mountain panorama unfolds with views of the Bernese, Valais and Vaud Alps. And right at the furthest end of the valley the gondola cable car sets off towards Mont Fort (3300m), breathtaking with its panoramic views over twenty Fourthousanders, the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc included.

Because the climate in the Valais is so dry, farmers have for centuries built irrigation canals, the so-called "suonen", or "bisses" in French. Nendaz, still one of the most important raspberry and apricot producing regions in Switzerland, has the largest ancient irrigation channel network that is still in use today. Along these channels there are 98 kilometres of magical water trails that are particularly suitable for families and casual hikers. This is because the aqueducts were laid out more or less at an equal altitude, with the result that there are no significant climbs or descents.

One particularly beautiful trail is the three and a half hour hike from Haut-Nendaz along the "Bisse du Milieux" (the middle channel) to Planchouet, where local delicacies await you at the Auberge Les Bisses. And if you happen to miss this first opportunity for refreshments, you need not wait long for another - just around the corner in Lavantier, Chez Edith also serves Valais specialities.

Then following the "Bisse Vieux", the "old channel", the romantic water trail finally returns to the "Alphorn capital". Here in Nendaz an international festival is dedicated to the alpine horn every summer.

Note: Hikes along the "bisses" are ideal for families and leisure hikers. The water channels are more or less on the same level.

An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted

Technical information

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Start location
Nendaz
Destination
Nendaz
Direction
Round trip
Ascent
360 m
Descent
360 m
Distance
13 km
Duration
3 h 25 min
Technical requirements
Easy
Physical requirements
Medium
Season
May - October
Theme
Along Water, With panoramic view
Category
Active, Hiking, Nature
Suitable for children with age
10 - 13 years, 14+ Years
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Map

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Contact

Nendaz Tourisme
Rte de la Télécabine 1
CP 288
1997 Haute-Nendaz
Switzerland

Phone +41 (0)27 289 55 89
Fax +41 (0)27 289 55 83
info@nendaz.ch
nendaz.ch
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Quick Facts

Route number

Distance

13 km

Duration

3 h 25 min

Ascent

360 m

Travel information: Nendaz

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