High snowshoe walk in the upper Val d’Hérens revealing glorious views of the glaciers and mountains that frame the emblematic Dent Blanche.
The panoramic walk starts high and aims high, promising fresh mountain air, an invigorating workout and thrilling views. It begins at an altitude of 1,725 metres in the village of La Forclaz, perched on a sunny plateau 300 vertical metres above the floor of the Val d’Hérens.
From here, the loop leads up the easternmost of the two valleys that converge way below. After a gentle ascent across open terrain, the trail climbs more steeply to reach the snow-covered pastures of Mayens de Bréona – at 2,087 metres, the highest point of the walk.
The grandstand view up the valley, towards a crown of dramatic pinnacles festooned with sparkling glaciers, is breathtaking. The valley, dominated by the Dent Blanche (4,357 m), is one of the wildest in the region, promising an experience of blissful tranquillity.
The trail then leads back down the valley at higher level, passing through fragrant pine forest before descending across white snowfields back to La Forclaz.
Take time after the walk to stroll around the well-preserved village of La Forclaz, with its ancient wooden chalets and barns.
Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.
More information about the destination:
A9 motorway, exit 27 (Sion-Est), follow signs for Evolène / Les Haudères / La Forclaz.
Public parkings available in La Forclaz. Follow the local car park routeing.