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Les Mélèzes de Balavaud

Nendaz (Tracouet)–Haute-Nendaz

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Les Mélèzes de Balavaud

The whole of the Balavaud alpage (Isérables) contains more than 250 trees between 300 and 800 years old. They are the largest in Europe (up to 12m in circumference).
Departure point for the hike, Tracquet and its black lake are sure to enchant you with the grandeur of the landscape and view of the Rhône Plain.

You will also walk along a part of the Bisse de Saxon which is the longest in the Valais (32 km). The Bourla cabin, along the trail, has been used as a refuge for the guardian of the «bisse» for many long years.

The legendary spot of Pra da Dzeu will not let you indifferent. Pra da Dzeu is a patois name meaning «the meadow in the forest». The meadow is situated in an area of limestone rocks which explains the presence of many «dolines». The area is traversed by the Bisse of Saxon which directs the water from the Printse up towards the hilltop of the village of Saxon in the Rhône valley. Along the route of the Bisse you encounter some magnificent spruce trees that have taken advantage of the humidity provided by the canal in order to flourish. In all seasons, this idyllic place conveys calm and serenity.
The whole of the Balavaud alpage (Isérables) contains more than 250 trees between 300 and 800 years old. They are the largest in Europe (up to 12m in circumference).
Departure point for the hike, Tracquet and its black lake are sure to enchant you with the grandeur of the landscape and view of the Rhône Plain.

You will also walk along a part of the Bisse de Saxon which is the longest in the Valais (32 km). The Bourla cabin, along the trail, has been used as a refuge for the guardian of the «bisse» for many long years.

The legendary spot of Pra da Dzeu will not let you indifferent. Pra da Dzeu is a patois name meaning «the meadow in the forest». The meadow is situated in an area of limestone rocks which explains the presence of many «dolines». The area is traversed by the Bisse of Saxon which directs the water from the Printse up towards the hilltop of the village of Saxon in the Rhône valley. Along the route of the Bisse you encounter some magnificent spruce trees that have taken advantage of the humidity provided by the canal in order to flourish. In all seasons, this idyllic place conveys calm and serenity.
15 km | 1 Stage
150 m | 1000 m
4 h 00 min
easy (hiking trail) | difficult

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Arrival / return travel Tracouet TDN
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Go up to Tracouet by cable car (from the end of June to mid October) or on foot. From there, follow the path towards the “cabane de Balavaud”. It is between this mountain cabin and Prarion (twenty minutes walk further down the path) that you will find the famous Larches of Balavaud. Return: from Prarion follow the “bisse de Saxon”, the longest “bisse” in the Valais region whit its 32 km, until you reach the Pra da Dzeu meadows. From this wonderful place, it will take you another 50 minutes to reach the resort.

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Tracouet is accessible by cable car from Haute-Nendaz. It is also possible to use muscle power to get there.

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Arrival / return travel Haute-Nendaz, télécabine
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route de la Télécabine 1
1997 Nendaz
Tel. +41 (0)27 289 55 89
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www.nendaz.ch/tourism/homepage-105.html

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