220 Tour du Grand Chavalard
220 Tour du Grand Chavalard

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Tour du Grand Chavalard

Tour du Grand Chavalard

Ovronnaz, Jorasse–Petit Pré–Col de Fenestral–Sorniot–Lérié–Ovronnaz, Jorasse

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Tour du Grand Chavalard

Tour du Grand Chavalard

Circular hiking tour on the slopes of the Grand Chavalard (2899 m). Highlights of the summit circuit: the panoramic trip by chairlift to the starting point, the section over the Fenestral pass, the mountain lakes of Fully - and of course the view of the Mont Blanc and the Rhone valley.
The Grand Chavalard (2899 m) is an impressive peak towering over the municipality of Fully in the Lower Valais. This hike circles it at an altitude of between 1850 and 2450 metres. The trail starts at the top station of the Jorasse chairlift, reached from Ovronnaz. After the panoramic ride, you climb up to the Petit Pré where the actual tour begins. From here on, you will cross some magnificent alpine landscapes. At first, there’s a gentle uphill section to the pasture Grand Pré d'Euloi. During the snowmelt season, it turns into a lake.

Now it gets steeper: you have to climb more than 400 metres to the highest point of the tour. The view from the Fenestral pass (2453 m) is all the more spectacular: you look out over the lakes of Fully with the Mont Blanc massif in the background. Immediately after the pass, you reach the mountain hut Cabane du Fenestral. From the top of the pass, the trail first descends past the Lac Supérieur de Fully and the Cabane de Sorniot mountain hut (2,064 m.a.s.l.). The lake is a reservoir and stores the water from the hydroelectric power station near Fully. The power station was commissioned in 1915 - a pioneering achievement! Until 1934, the hydroelectric power station had the world's largest gross drop height of 1,643 metres.

On the steep southern flanks of the Grand Chavalard, you have a view of the entire Rhone valley and Fully directly below. Did you know that one of the most exciting sporting events in the Valais takes place on these slopes? The "Kilomètre Vertical de Fully" is a race run on an unused funicular railway line in which 1000 metres of altitude have to be conquered. With gradients of 60%, the race is considered one of the steepest and fastest in the world. The hike is much more leisurely. After crossing the southern slopes of the Grand Chavalard, the route heads north. At L'Erié, you pass the third hut, the Gîte de Lui d'Août (1957 m). There is a final short climb to the top station of the chairlift, where the circular hike ends, and the restaurant with panoramic terrace and playground invites you to linger.
Circular hiking tour on the slopes of the Grand Chavalard (2899 m). Highlights of the summit circuit: the panoramic trip by chairlift to the starting point, the section over the Fenestral pass, the mountain lakes of Fully - and of course the view of the Mont Blanc and the Rhone valley.
The Grand Chavalard (2899 m) is an impressive peak towering over the municipality of Fully in the Lower Valais. This hike circles it at an altitude of between 1850 and 2450 metres. The trail starts at the top station of the Jorasse chairlift, reached from Ovronnaz. After the panoramic ride, you climb up to the Petit Pré where the actual tour begins. From here on, you will cross some magnificent alpine landscapes. At first, there’s a gentle uphill section to the pasture Grand Pré d'Euloi. During the snowmelt season, it turns into a lake.

Now it gets steeper: you have to climb more than 400 metres to the highest point of the tour. The view from the Fenestral pass (2453 m) is all the more spectacular: you look out over the lakes of Fully with the Mont Blanc massif in the background. Immediately after the pass, you reach the mountain hut Cabane du Fenestral. From the top of the pass, the trail first descends past the Lac Supérieur de Fully and the Cabane de Sorniot mountain hut (2,064 m.a.s.l.). The lake is a reservoir and stores the water from the hydroelectric power station near Fully. The power station was commissioned in 1915 - a pioneering achievement! Until 1934, the hydroelectric power station had the world's largest gross drop height of 1,643 metres.

On the steep southern flanks of the Grand Chavalard, you have a view of the entire Rhone valley and Fully directly below. Did you know that one of the most exciting sporting events in the Valais takes place on these slopes? The "Kilomètre Vertical de Fully" is a race run on an unused funicular railway line in which 1000 metres of altitude have to be conquered. With gradients of 60%, the race is considered one of the steepest and fastest in the world. The hike is much more leisurely. After crossing the southern slopes of the Grand Chavalard, the route heads north. At L'Erié, you pass the third hut, the Gîte de Lui d'Août (1957 m). There is a final short climb to the top station of the chairlift, where the circular hike ends, and the restaurant with panoramic terrace and playground invites you to linger.
15 km | 1 Stage
1100 m | 1100 m
5 h 40 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Jorasse
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Season

Season
Attention: There can be snow on the higher reaches of the trail, even in summertime.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Jorasse
SBB Timetable Show stop and route on map

Contact

Ovronnaz Tourisme
Route des Muverans 38
1911 Ovronnaz
Tel. +41 (0)27 306 42 93
info@ovronnaz.ch
www.ovronnaz.ch

Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization