Guidebook

Crans-Montana: Hike through the Historic Valais

Alpine pastures, scenic vineyards, impressive peaks. This idyllic region is a delight for all.

Description

The Valais region in Switzerland is known for its diverse landscape. With nearby vineyards and mountain valleys, Crans-Montana seems to have a bit of everything. From here, you can also see a striking view of the chain of mountains from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc.

Hike around the centuries-old “bisses”, traditional irrigation channels built to bring glacier water to farmland around Crans-Montana. Information boards with interesting facts about the history and construction of the channels line the Tsittoret and Rho Bisses trails.

Alternatively, hike up a gentle incline towards Lac Tseuzier while soaking in panoramic views of alpine pastures.

Crans-Montana truly has a wealth of hiking trails to offer. Explore the map for some inspiration!

Sources:
https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ca/crans-montana.html

https://www.crans-montana.ch/en/walking/#cat=Marche-main&filter=r-fullyTranslatedLangus-5381,sb-sortedBy-0

Rundweg um den Lac de Tseuzier

Rundweg um den Lac de Tseuzier

Crans-Montana
1 - 2 hrs
4.9 km
126 m
126 m
This easy hike along the shores of the Lac de Tseuzier reservoir takes you past waterfalls, brooks and Valais suonen in the midst of wild and romantic nature: simply fantastic.
Easy
Private
Bisse du Ro

Bisse du Ro

Crans-Montana
2 - 3 hrs
11.4 km
356 m
631 m
Long ago, the Bisse du Ro had its source in the Ertenze Valley and flowed towards Crans-Montana, bringing water needed for crops. Today, you will most likely do this walk leaving the resort and heading up to the Rawyl Dam.
Severe
Private
Bisse du Tsittoret (125 years)

Bisse du Tsittoret (125 years)

Crans-Montana
3 - 4 hrs
13.4 km
630 m
447 m
Taking you from Vermala to the source of the Tièche, the Bisse du Tsittoret is one of the most well-trodden walking paths in Crans-Montana. All the way along your walk, allow yourself to be charmed by unique views of the most majestic summits in the Valaisan Alps!
Difficult
Private
Walk around lake Tseuzier

Walk around lake Tseuzier

Crans-Montana
1 - 2 hrs
5.1 km
145 m
147 m
Tseuzier is a region at the top of the valley, not far from the peaks of the Bernese Alps. Even if the weather is beautiful everywhere else in the Rhône valley, there are chances that you could get caught in a cloudburst coming from the other side of the mountain.
Easy
Private
Lapis de Tsanfleuron - geological trail in the Sanetsch area

Lapis de Tsanfleuron - geological trail in the Sanetsch area

Crans-Montana
2 - 3 hrs
11.5 km
469 m
470 m
High-altitude hike from the Col du Sanetsch (2,252 m) across an other-worldly landscape of sculpted rock formations below the Tsanfleuron Glacier. Refreshment stop at the Cabane de Prarochet.
Extreme
Private
Von Crans-Montana entlang der Bisse du Ro

Von Crans-Montana entlang der Bisse du Ro

Crans-Montana
2 - 3 hrs
9.4 km
819 m
517 m
The Bisse du Ro at Crans-Montana is one of the most spectacular suonen in the Valais. Parts of the path along the historic water pipe were recently renovated. A beautiful circular walk leads from Plans-Mayens via the Hotel Chetzeron back to Crans.
Difficult
Private
Sentier des Marmottes (Marmot Path)

Sentier des Marmottes (Marmot Path)

Crans-Montana
1 - 2 hrs
6.2 km
104 m
700 m
This Marmot path will lead you in the footsteps of Crans-Montana's mascot. A walk to discover at your leisure.
Moderate
Private
Panorama 4000

Panorama 4000

Crans-Montana
3 - 4 hrs
14.3 km
439 m
1,022 m
After the hike up to Cry d'Er, the path that leads you to the Violettes is covered by limestone scree which is much appreciated by marmots. The hike then continues in the valley below the glacier, crosses to alpine pastures, follows the bisse and ends at the ecomuseum and the Relais de Colombire.
Moderate
Private
Crossing of the alpine pastures

Crossing of the alpine pastures

Crans-Montana
2 - 3 hrs
9.7 km
202 m
610 m
Until the end of the 19th century, the region of Crans-Montana was only inhabited as far as the upper villages. From 1300m, you would have found "mayens" (a little chalet belonging to the pastures) and above them, the alpine pastures where cattle were brought to graze. The hike begins by cablecar, then the walker crosses mountain pastures from where they have magnificent views, and continues to the Colombire Alp Museum, which explains the history of transhumance.
Moderate
Private
To the Lac de Tseuzier

To the Lac de Tseuzier

5 - 6 hrs
19.7 km
823 m
823 m
Panoramic hike across alpine pastures and through fragrant forests up to the idyllic Lac de Tseuzier. Gentle climb, ideal for families, partly along the Bisse de Sion irrigation channel.
Difficult
Private