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Les Bisses du Valais en Liberté

SUISSE

Version française | Travel code : RLTBIS

Rando walk

Linear Trek
Price (from) :
750 €
Duration :
6 days
Mode :
Liberté
Next departure :
Freedom
Physical level
Comfort

Hike feasible in :

janv fev mar avr mai juin juil aout sept oct nov dec

Bare facts

 

 
The Bisses are small canals once dug by people living in the Mountains of the Valais region to harness water from rivers and glaciers. They supply the surroundings villages and vineyards with this water.
 
Highlights
 
Discover the whole high valley of Rhône: hundred-year-old forests, nice alpine pastures, wooden chalet surrounded by flowers, and several views of Alpes Valaisanne summits (4,000m/13,120ft and more).
 
Best bits
 
No need to carry your bag:
To make it more enjoyable and accessible, leave us deal with the bags and enjoy the pleasure of walking light. All your belongings will be safely delivered each day to your mountain hut.
 
New : The bisse du torrent neuf has just been refited in didactic hiking path with footbridges and corniches passages, a spectacular route that we propose optional !

 

 

Question about this trip ?

Travel diary

 

Here is a short program detailing the places and experiences on the standard route.
 
Day 1: Meeting point at your hotel in Isérables (1,105m/3.625ft).
 
Day 2 : Isérables – La Tsoumaz (1,506m/3.628ft) - Haute Nendaz (1,505m/4,937ft)
 
Option 1 : Transfer by local bus to Tsoumaz (stop outside the hotel - 6 CHF/person payable to the driver - duration 20 minutes)
A nice ascent in La Tsoumaz ski resort town leads you to the beginning of the Bisse de Saxon. This one does not convey water any longer but still offers the opportunity to discover wild places. In La Dzora, admire the particular architecture of the chalets and their “mazots” (small rural buildings). Then, hike along the Bisse Vieux, highest canal of a network of three located on the Dent de Nendaz’s slope (2,463m/8,080ft). It supplies the surrounding alpine villages with water and nearly tours the Mountain.
Overnight stay in Haute Nendaz (1505m/4,937ft).
 
Cumulative elevation gain: +405m (1,328ft), -300m(-984ft)
Distance: 17km (10.5 miles)
 
Option 2 : Departure on foot from the hotel. Climb in the pastures until Creteaux (1,484m/4,867ft), then in the forest to find the Bisse de Saxon (1,789m/5,867ft). You move to the Bisse Vieux, which is part of a 3 storied canal network on the side of the Dent de Nendaz (2,463m/8,078ft). You follow on the highest of them, which irrigates the alpine villages by almost around the mountain! Night in Haute Nendaz (1,505m/4,936ft) .
 
Cumulative elevation gain: +700m (2,296ft), -200m(-656ft)
Distance: 10km (6.2 miles)
 
Day 3 : Haute Nendaz – Mayens de Sion (1,324m/4,343ft)
You will hike along the Bisse de Vex, dug in 1435 but renewed since. En route, discover its viaduct for instance. A small guidebook will be provided in your self-guided info pack so that you can learn a little bit more about the geography of this Bisse and of the whole region. Then, you will cross the summer hamlets of Mayens de Sion. Enjoy magnificent viewpoints on the Diablerets.
Overnight stay in Mayens de Sion (1,324m/4,343ft)
 
Cumulative elevation gain: +125m (410ft), -240m (-787ft)
Distance: 11km (6.8 miles)
 
Day 4: Saviese (857m/2,811ft) – Anzere (1,520m/4,986ft)
You will change of slope thanks to a taxi. In Savièse (above Sion), the route continues at the heart of the vineyards. The Bisse de Torrent Neuf supplies those used to produce the Fendant, famous white wine from the Valais, with water. At the Ste Marguerite chapel you can browse back and forth the steep part of the Bisse de Torrent Neuf which is dizzying but very well appointed (barriers, suspended walkways, interpretive signs, sculptures). The Bisse d’Avent will bring you to Anzere (1520m/4,986ft), your next overnight stay (facing the Alps).
 
Cumulative elevation gain: +760m (2,493ft), -80m (-262ft)
Distance: 13km (8 miles)
 
Day 5: Anzere – Cran Montana (1,480m/4,855ft)
Reach Tseuzier Lake by hiking up the Bisse d’Avent.  A tunnel enables you to cross a cliff but the former Bisse nestled in this cliff has been renewed. It represents the cleverness and the ingenuity of the people who dug it. From the lake, follow the spectacular Bisse de Ro to reach Montana.
Overnight stay in Cran Montana (1,497m/4,910ft) (Still facing the Alps)
 
Cumulative elevation gain: +550m (1,804ft), -570m(-1,869ft)
Distance: 13km (8 miles)
Possible variation (Less difficult): To avoid Bisse d’Avent and Bisse de Ro difficult parts, you can follow the “Sentier des Alpages”.
 
Cumulative elevation gain: +420m (1,378ft), -460m (-1,509ft)
Distance: 14km (8.6 miles)
 
Day 6 : Bisse du Tsittoret (1,878m/6,160ft)
This step starts and arrives in Montana. You will hike along the Bisse du Tsittoret, facing the Alps.
(free shuttles permit to do this loop and are opened from 30/06 to 16/09. Out of these dates it's possible to do the loop starting to walk from the hotel. - longer - or do the Bisse in round trip from Aminona. In the 2 cases it will take a bus fee - approximately 5 CHF/person).
 
Cumulative elevation gain: +250m (820ft), -460m (-1,509ft)
Distance: 10km (6.2 miles)

 

CARTOGRAPHY
Carte suisse au 1/50 000 : 273 « Montana »
Carte suisse au 1/25 000 : 1286 « St Léonard»
Carte suisse au 1/25 000 : Topo Rando « 4 vallées»
Carte suisse au 1/25 000 : Topo Rando « Crans-Montana Sierre»

 

Question about this trip ?

 

Here is a short program detailing the places and experiences on the standard route.
 
Day 1: Meeting point at your hotel in Isérables (1,105m/3.625ft).
 
Day 2 : Isérables – La Tsoumaz (1,506m/3.628ft) - Haute Nendaz (1,505m/4,937ft)
 
Option 1 : Transfer by local bus to Tsoumaz (stop outside the hotel - 6 CHF/person payable to the driver - duration 20 minutes)
A nice ascent in La Tsoumaz ski resort town leads you to the beginning of the Bisse de Saxon. This one does not convey water any longer but still offers the opportunity to discover wild places. In La Dzora, admire the particular architecture of the chalets and their “mazots” (small rural buildings). Then, hike along the Bisse Vieux, highest canal of a network of three located on the Dent de Nendaz’s slope (2,463m/8,080ft). It supplies the surrounding alpine villages with water and nearly tours the Mountain.
Overnight stay in Haute Nendaz (1505m/4,937ft).
 
Cumulative elevation gain: +405m (1,328ft), -300m(-984ft)
Distance: 17km (10.5 miles)
 
Option 2 : Departure on foot from the hotel. Climb in the pastures until Creteaux (1,484m/4,867ft), then in the forest to find the Bisse de Saxon (1,789m/5,867ft). You move to the Bisse Vieux, which is part of a 3 storied canal network on the side of the Dent de Nendaz (2,463m/8,078ft). You follow on the highest of them, which irrigates the alpine villages by almost around the mountain! Night in Haute Nendaz (1,505m/4,936ft) .
 
Cumulative elevation gain: +700m (2,296ft), -200m(-656ft)
Distance: 10km (6.2 miles)
 
Day 3 : Haute Nendaz – Mayens de Sion (1,324m/4,343ft)
You will hike along the Bisse de Vex, dug in 1435 but renewed since. En route, discover its viaduct for instance. A small guidebook will be provided in your self-guided info pack so that you can learn a little bit more about the geography of this Bisse and of the whole region. Then, you will cross the summer hamlets of Mayens de Sion. Enjoy magnificent viewpoints on the Diablerets.
Overnight stay in Mayens de Sion (1,324m/4,343ft)
 
Cumulative elevation gain: +125m (410ft), -240m (-787ft)
Distance: 11km (6.8 miles)
 
Day 4: Saviese (857m/2,811ft) – Anzere (1,520m/4,986ft)
You will change of slope thanks to a taxi. In Savièse (above Sion), the route continues at the heart of the vineyards. The Bisse de Torrent Neuf supplies those used to produce the Fendant, famous white wine from the Valais, with water. At the Ste Marguerite chapel you can browse back and forth the steep part of the Bisse de Torrent Neuf which is dizzying but very well appointed (barriers, suspended walkways, interpretive signs, sculptures). The Bisse d’Avent will bring you to Anzere (1520m/4,986ft), your next overnight stay (facing the Alps).
 
Cumulative elevation gain: +760m (2,493ft), -80m (-262ft)
Distance: 13km (8 miles)
 
Day 5: Anzere – Cran Montana (1,480m/4,855ft)
Reach Tseuzier Lake by hiking up the Bisse d’Avent.  A tunnel enables you to cross a cliff but the former Bisse nestled in this cliff has been renewed. It represents the cleverness and the ingenuity of the people who dug it. From the lake, follow the spectacular Bisse de Ro to reach Montana.
Overnight stay in Cran Montana (1,497m/4,910ft) (Still facing the Alps)
 
Cumulative elevation gain: +550m (1,804ft), -570m(-1,869ft)
Distance: 13km (8 miles)
Possible variation (Less difficult): To avoid Bisse d’Avent and Bisse de Ro difficult parts, you can follow the “Sentier des Alpages”.
 
Cumulative elevation gain: +420m (1,378ft), -460m (-1,509ft)
Distance: 14km (8.6 miles)
 
Day 6 : Bisse du Tsittoret (1,878m/6,160ft)
This step starts and arrives in Montana. You will hike along the Bisse du Tsittoret, facing the Alps.
(free shuttles permit to do this loop and are opened from 30/06 to 16/09. Out of these dates it's possible to do the loop starting to walk from the hotel. - longer - or do the Bisse in round trip from Aminona. In the 2 cases it will take a bus fee - approximately 5 CHF/person).
 
Cumulative elevation gain: +250m (820ft), -460m (-1,509ft)
Distance: 10km (6.2 miles)

 

CARTOGRAPHY
Carte suisse au 1/50 000 : 273 « Montana »
Carte suisse au 1/25 000 : 1286 « St Léonard»
Carte suisse au 1/25 000 : Topo Rando « 4 vallées»
Carte suisse au 1/25 000 : Topo Rando « Crans-Montana Sierre»

 

Question about this trip ?

 

Where to meet ?
Day 1 in Isérables.
 
By cable car (from Riddes)
Every 30 minutes from 7:10 a.m. to 8:10 p.m. (6 minutes ride - the hotel is 50m from the arrival of the cable car)
Or by car (from Riddes CFF train station) :
Departure at 4.10 p.m (20 minutes ride - stop 300m from the hotel)
Other departure times: 12 and 1.30pm (Riddes-Isérable cable-car+bus)
For train/bus schedules and reservation, please check www.cff.ch
 
By car (to the train station in Riddes):
The best thing to do is to leave your car at the train station in Riddes to find it back quickly on the last day (30minutes from the train station in Sierre). If you prefer, you can also leave your car in Iserables, but be aware that the village is on a very steep hill and the streets are very narrow (complicated traffic).
Coming from the South part of France: Take Genève and Lausanne (A9 motorway) up to Riddes. Exit number 24. Follow “gare CFF” signs.
Coming from the North East part of France: Reach Bâle, then take the A1 up to Bern and the A12 up to Vevey. Take the A9. Exit number 24, follow “gare CFF” signs.
Note: You will need a Swiss tax disc (40Sfr/25£, available directly at the customs).
 
Car Park :
In Riddes : several free parking to 200m from the train station and the cable car (a map of the village with parking is in your hiking folder)
In Isérables : one parking at the entrance of the village 500m from the hotel.
 
By train:
Paris Gare de Lyon - Lausanne - sion - Riddes:
07.57am - 12.18pm / 12.17pm - 01.23pm / 01.45pm - 01.55pm
Paris Gare de Lyon - Genève - Martigny - Riddes
07.57am - 12.18pm / 12.47pm - 02.42pm / 03.17pm - 03.27pm
 
By plane:
The closest airport is Cointrin Airport in Geneva, Switzerland (www.gva.ch).  
Then, direct trains to Riddes.

 

 

On day 6 in Cran Montana.
Cable-car to reach Sierre CFF train station (Departures every 30 minutes from 8.15am to 9.15pm, 45minutes ride). You can leave your luggage at the hotel while the hiking of the last day, and then come back to retrieve them and reach the departure of the funicular .
 
By car:
Train from Sierre at 10.26am arriving in Riddes at 10.52am (via Sion), or from Sierre at 12.26pm arriving in Riddes at 12.52pm… or from Sierre at 6.26pm arriving in Riddes at 7.55pm.
If you have left your car In La Tsoumaz, take a bus from Rides (schedules on www.cff.ch)
 
By train :
From Sierre at 3.06pm – Genève at 4.53pm/5.17pm arriving in Paris gare de Lyon at 8.49pm
From Sierre at 4.26 – Lausanne at 5.40pm/6.03pm arriving in Paris gare de Lyon at 9.59pm
From Sierre at 5.06pm – Genève at 6.53pm/7.17pm arriving in Paris gare de Lyon at 10.49pm
 
Accommodation before or after the trip:
Extra-night in Cran Montana, half board: 115€/person.
Extra-night in Tsoumaz, half board : 75€/person.
Baggage transfer isn't planned from Cran Montana to Isérables, but you can book a transfer at the end of your hiking ( hikers + luggage) :
Cran Montana - Isérables : 215 € (4 persons max)
Cran Montana - Riddes :185 € (4 persons max)

 

 

PASSPORT & VISAS
 
You will need a passport, valid for the duration of your stay. Euros are accepted almost everywhere in Switzerland.
Assistance repatriation insurance is essential because the backup are billed very expensive in Switzerland.
 
MONEY
 
Euros are accepted in France and in most places in Switzerland but you should also carry Swiss francs (internal transfers).
We recommend that you carry sufficient cash, as some of the Inns might not accept credit cards.
 
INSURANCE
Clients on self-guided holidays are required to have insurance to cover themselves for helicopter search & rescue, medical expenses and repatriation. We recommend, but it is not compulsory, that for all holidays you also have cover for personal liability, cancellation and your baggage and money.
 
The European Health insurance card allows anyone who is insured by or covered by a statutory social security scheme of the EEA countries and Switzerland to receive medical treatment in another member state for free or at a reduced cost, if that treatment becomes necessary during their visit (for example, due to illness or an accident).
 
You might find that your annual multi-trip travel insurance provides enough cover. Please check that your policy covers you for the activities (walking or trekking) that you will be doing on your holiday. Don't hesitate to contact us if you're unsure about insurance - we'll be happy to advise.

 

 

IS IT FOR ME?
 
The Bisses du Valais circuit is manageable for normal fit hill hikers who are happy to walk for 5h to 5h30 per day, along a long distance trail (average distance: 15km or 9.4 miles per day – Average cumulative elevation gain: 450m or 1,476 ft).
It is essential that any participants to self-guided tours (no guides will come with you) possess a minimum level of map reading and orientation skills. You must be able to follow a given itinerary by using detailed written descriptions and natural clues. We will provide all information and logistic support for your trip. But you must be able to react if any unexpected problems arise (weather condition, animals, tiredness…)
We will not be held liable for any orientation errors (wrong or modified itinerary) and for any inaccurate time management (late departure in the morning, length of picnic break…)

 

 

All our accommodations in the Bisses du Valais circuit are booked in Hotel or typical Swiss Inns, carefully selected for their warm welcome and the quality of their services.
 
Bedroom: Double bedroom (exceptionally 3/bedroom) with standard or bunk beds (when available). Generally, no en-suite bathrooms (washbasin in the room) but sometimes, small bathroom in the bedroom or to share with another bedroom.
Single room extra fee: 75€/person, payable at registration.
 
All accommodations details to be provided with your self-guided info pack.
 
FOOD
Dinners: in the Inns/Hotels, varied and adapted to hiking practice.
Breakfast: typical continental breakfasts (hot drink, bread, butter, jam). Most of the time, they contain fruits, cheese and cereals.
You can take picnic-style lunches in the hotels (+58€/person, payable at registration) but it is often nicer to do it yourself (fresh supplies from markets or from small supermarkets on the route)

 

 

INTERNAL TRANSFERS
Day 4: Minibus transfer between Mayens de Sion and St Germain, via Sion. Included in package.
Day 6 : To join the departure of the hiking described in the road book, transfer in station free shuttle only runs from end of June to mid-September. Out of this period it's possible to walk from the hotel (+ 170 m/557 ft height difference).
 
BAGGAGE TRANSFER
 
All your belongings will be transferred every day by our care from one hut to the next, from day 2 to day 5. Your day pack only contains your picnic-style lunch and basics for the day.
 
Packing tips:
-       1 medium bag per person (Maximum length: 60cm – Maximum weight: 12kg). Keep in mind that the car, delivering your luggage, might not be able to park directly in front of the hut’s door, involving some carrying and walking on uneven surfaces.
-       No need to carry a full set of clothes for every day. Wet clothes will have time to dry overnight.
-       Bring some light and comfortable shoes for the evenings.
-       Travel toiletry kit: replace huge bottles by mini sample products. Leave your weighting scales at home!!
-       Do not pack any valuable items (e.g.: computer, jewellery…). We will not be held responsible for any damaged or lost items during transfers or at the mountain huts.
-       Pack only 1 book. You have plenty of fulfilling days ahead of you with little time to read!
 “Debrief” your bag on your return, inventorying what you have used and what was unnecessary. Keep your notes for next time.

 

 

The trek can be taken on your own, as a couple, with a friend or with a group of friends, family or colleagues. You will be in charge of composing your own group, as for self-guided tour we will not be able to introduce you to any other independent hikers.

 

Mountain guides

 

SELF-GUIDED INFO PACK
Our self-guided info packs contain local maps, a precise itinerary, tracks description, schedules of postal buses and station shuttle from Cran Montana and the list of accommodation. We will send it to you 3 weeks prior departure.

 

 

Having the right kit can make a difference to your safety and enjoyment. There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!
 
To be ready for all temperatures, we recommend the three layers system with a base layer, an insulation layer and an outer shell layer.
 
Avoid any cotton clothes as they take a long time to dry. Prefer wool, silk or any other breathable fabrics that will keep you dry and warm.
 
Remember to add a layer before feeling cold and to remove one before being hot. Sweat stays the enemy number one to any hikers as it will quickly give a frozen feel when you stop moving.
 
Clothes
 
Walking boots: Boots should have good ankle support and tread and should be well worn in. Wear your new boots before starting a trek.
Walking socks: Wear thick socks to reduce the risk of blisters. Bring enough to always have one dry pair.
Waterproof jacket + Poncho: A breathable material is needed, e.g. Gore-Tex or a manufacturer's own. A hood is essential. A poncho is ideal in case of heavy rain.
Waterproof trousers: The more breathable the better, but this is less important than for the jacket.
Fleece and long sleeve sweater: Any walking holiday in Europe can be cold at times, even in high summer!
T-shirts / base layers: Breathable synthetic materials are recommended instead of cotton.
Walking trousers and shorts: Any light trousers are fine; avoid heavy cotton trousers or jeans that will hold water.
Hat – gloves - Scarf: Fleece or wool, these can be essential even in summer for keeping the extremities warm/ Sun hat.
Light clothes and shoes for the evening
Swimming costume
Underwear
Other equipment
Rucksack: Typically between 35 and 40 liters for day walks.
Rucksack liner: Use a strong bin liner or other plastic bag inside your rucksack to protect against possible rain.
Sun cream (+ lip care): Use a high factor such as 20 or 30 and re-apply regularly throughout the day.
Sunglasses: To reduce glare from snow and light-coloured rock, these are essential all year round.
Sun hat: Wide brims help keep the sun off your face and neck.
Torch: Head torches are ideal to keep hands free; consider spare batteries and a spare bulb.
Pocket knife
Water bottle: 2 liters - more for very hot days with no chance to top up. Essential in winter as well as summer.
Toiletry travel kit
Mobile phone: For emergencies only while on a walk! Phones are also useful for logistics among groups.
Passport: Carry your passports and visas with you throughout your holidays.
First aid kit: Bring basic supplies for yourself including treatment for blisters.
Personal medication: Take all the personal medication you might need for the duration of the trip, plus few extras. We advise as well the following: Paracetamol, Aspirin, tablets for sore throat, plasters, disinfectant wipes, tweezers…
 
Earplugs
 
Toilet paper and a lighter
 
A Soft fibre trek towel
 
A survival blanket
 
A sleeping bag sheet: No need for a proper sleeping bag, as blankets will be available at the mountain huts.
 
A walking stick: Recommended
 
A picnic cutlery set , small plastic food container and plastic glass
 
Camera and binoculars (not essential)

 

Question about this trip ?

Dates and prices

 

When can I go?
 
You can pick any days from June the 13th to September the 19th 2021 (subject to availability) to start the Bisses du Valais circuit.
 
Ready to book?
 
Minimum number of participants: 2 or 3 persons
 
Build your own group.
 
Make your reservation early to avoid any disappointment. Some of the huts are fairly small and can be booked up months in advance.
 
June to September is the ideal time to plan the Bisses du Valais circuit. We would not recommend any earlier or later dates as you might encounter some severe weather conditions.
 
Prices:
 
Price per person (2021 half-board package)     :
-          2 or 3 persons : 790 €/person
-          4 persons and + : 750 €/person
 
Single room extra fee                                             :   120 €
 
Single participant extra fee                                  :   100 €
 
Supplement 5 picnics                                           :   60 €
 
Option transfer return at the end of the hike:
-          Cran Montana - Isérables : 215 € (4 persons max)
-          Cran Montana - Riddes : 185 € (4 persons max)
 
Group of + of 10 persons accommodation the first night at Tsoumaz.

 

The price includes

The price includes:

-          Organisation fees
-          Accommodation on Half Board basis
-          A full self-guided info pack, route cards and maps, log book
-          Bags Transfer
-          Transfer Mayens de Sion - Saviése of day 4
 

 

The price does not include

The price does not include:

-          Drinks
-          Lunches
-          Personal expenses
-          Equipment
-          Transfer to the meeting point (Isérables) and return
-          Single room additional fee
-          Single participant additional fee
-          Insurance
-          Any other items not stated in the “included” section

 

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