Liquid gold from Nendaz-Veysonnaz

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In southern Valais, you can discover irrigation channels where precious water — the liquid gold — splashes through enchanted forests. Feast your eyes on a sea of apricot trees carrying juicy and sweet fruits. In this Collection, we take you on a leisurely hike along the historic Bisse Vieux water pipeline, where you can experience all this and more.

Around Nendaz and Veysonnaz there are numerous historic irrigation channels. These channels were built so that the farmers in the rain-poor southern Valais could irrigate their fields. The channels are still in use today — even the Bisse Vieux from 1658 still carries water. This is also thanks to the caretaker of the channels Jean-Charles Bornet, who has been taking care of the Bisse Vieux in various offices for over 35 years.

You might meet him during your hike and see him cleaning the canal with his hands or a hoe. He is also the one who divides the precious water among the farmers and makes sure that the apricots of the approximately 80,000 trees in Fey are so wonderfully juicy and tasty. The Bisse Vieux water runs from mid-May to the end of September – the best time to walk along the canal. Every second to third day, Jean-Charles goes to clean the channels — so keep an eye out for him.

Besides the Bisse Vieux, there is still much to discover around Nendaz and Veysonnaz. We have put together the most beautiful hikes and experiences in the region for you in this Collection. They couldn't be more diverset: experience the sunset on the Mont-Rouge, hike on a multi-day tour through the beautiful mountains or find your inner peace on the yoga path in Veysonnaz.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:55
    10.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    825 ft
    1,900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From Haute-Nendaz there is a beautiful path along the Bisse Vieux, a beau from the year 1658. Thanks to the Suonenwächters Jean-Charles Bornet still flows in the old irrigation channel today water, which is distributed to the farmers in the region.On the leisurely hike along the Bisse Vieux you will enjoy the beautiful nature, the magnificent views and between mid-May to the end of September, the splashing of the bisses, because only at this time, the channel water. On the way you might also meet the Suonenwächter Jean-Charles. He cleans the bites Vieux every two to three days. Usually his hands or a hoe are enough. For larger objects that block the channel, however, sometimes even dynamite is used.Starting point of the hike is in Haute-Nendaz. From here, you hike slightly uphill to the south. On the way you can enjoy beautiful views of Veysonnaz and the Nendaz Valley. Through sparse forests you reach the Printse, which feeds the Bisse Vieux. Following the course of the river, you finally reach the old Bisse. North you follow the Bisse Vieux across meadows and through enchanted forests back to Haute-Nendaz. If you want, you can take a detour to Fey from here and admire the 80,000 apricot trees, which are irrigated by Bisse Vieux thanks to Jean-Charles Bornet.Tip: For little hikers, this route has its own special charm, because you can go on a treasure hunt along the water. At the tourist office in Nendaz, children can pick up a booklet that they can use to get on their way. Along the Bisse Vieux you will always find stations where they need to solve a puzzle. If you have answered all questions correctly at the end of the hike, you will receive a small gift.

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  • Difficult
    17:58
    33.6 mi
    1.9 mph
    7,750 ft
    7,900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The approximately 54-kilometer tour takes you on four stages through the Val de Nendaz. Here you can be surprised by the majestic landscape, sleeping in cozy cabins and pampering yourself with delicious snacks. The walk is easy to walk on and therefore also for families a great experience. The tour starts at the tourist office in Veysonnaz, with stops in the footsteps of the Cabane d'Essertze, the Cabane St-Laurent and the Cabane de Balavaux. The destination of the hike is Haute-Nendaz.Immediately after the start you will pass the mountain restaurant Les Caboulis, where you can take a break for the first time. Then you walk uphill. Through the forest of Magrappé you will reach the Mayens de l'Ours and the plateau of Thyon. From here, a more adventurous path leads you to the ponds of Essertze and down to the Cabane d'Essertze. On the second stage, you climb up to the Mont-Rouge and then have the opportunity to rest in the restaurant Les Chottes. Afterwards you continue to Alp Combyre-Meina and enjoy the spectacular view of the reservoir of Cleuson from a beautiful mountain trail, to which you then descend to reach the Cabane St-Laurent.At the beginning of the third stage you follow the bank of the turquoise green lake and then hike up to the Plan du Fou. Through the Dent de Nendaz you reach Tracouet, where you can stop. Strengthened you then descend to Cabane de Balavaux. On the last stage you will follow the Bisse de Saxon, the longest bisses in Valais, which will take you to the finish line in Haute-Nendaz.

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  • Intermediate
    01:21
    2.39 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,175 ft
    0 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Thyon you can take a beautiful four-kilometer hike up the Mont-Rouge and enjoy the magnificent view from the summit. You walk on easily accessible paths that lead you across wide mountain meadows, uphill. Towards the summit, the trails become a bit narrower and steeper, but still good and easy to walk on. At an altitude of 2,991 meters, you will reach the destination and let your gaze wander off Mont Rouge into the distance.A very special experience is this tour as a guided walk in the evening to enjoy the sunset on the summit. When the last rays of sun color the mountains golden, you will experience unforgettable moments and a great spectacle. You can sign up for this cozy evening walk until 4 pm the day before at the tourist office in Veysonnaz. From there you will be taken by bus to Thyon, where the hike starts.

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  • Easy
    00:43
    1.74 mi
    2.4 mph
    25 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the yoga trail of Veysonnaz you dive into the enchanted world of the larch forest of Magraphe. Here you can feel the powerful energy of nature, hear the babbling water of the Bisse de Vex and the happy twittering of birds. At seven stations you will learn a lot about concentration, strength, relaxation and refocusing. You will be accompanied by the watercourse of the Bisse and the scent of the forest.The yoga path is also suitable for children. The "little yogi" takes her along the path and playfully shows them the world of relaxation. If you do not have your own yoga mat, you will receive one at the Tourist Office in Veysonnaz.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    48.5 mi
  • Duration
    24:58 h
  • Elevation
    9,775 ft

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