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Liquid gold from Nendaz-Veysonnaz


Liquid gold from Nendaz-Veysonnaz

Hiking Collection by MySwitzerland



24:58 h

48.5 mi

9,775 ft

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

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    Auf der historischen Wasserleitung Bisse Vieux in Nendaz – Das nasse Gold

    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

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  • Difficult
    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

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  • Intermediate
    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

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  • Easy
    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

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Collection Stats

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

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