Vallon de Nant
The Vallon de Nant is situated in the Canton Vaud and can be reached from the village of Bex. The valley is known for high precipitation. It is a nature preserve, begins at Pont de Nant (1253 m) and climbs up to the snow-capped mountains of the Dents de Morcles.
A road from Bex leads to the rugged Vallon de Nant below the mountain chains of Dent de Morcles - Grand Muveran (in the east) and Pointe des Savolaires - Pointe des Martinets (in the west). Above the village of Les Plans at about 1150 m, it turns off to the south near the confluence of the two Avançon rivers. In the south, it is connected to Morcles by means of the Col des Martinets (2615 m). At the very top and below the Grande Dent de Morcles is the Glacier des Martinets and L'Avançon de Nant flows down the valley, some of it as a wild mountain stream.
Considering the size of the valley, it has a wide variety of vegetation. Broad-leafed forests and firs, various berries and over 1000 different plants have been found on the various altitudes. This richness of vegetation was the reason why the valley was put under protection in 1969. And peacefully grazing cows are also part of the scenery in the Vallon de Nant.
A suggestion of the variety of plants is conveyed by the alpine garden "Thomasia" in Le Pont de Nant, which was created as early as 1891. The fauna is also remarkably diverse, especially the many different types of birds.
Not to mention the spectacular hiking trails this area offers.