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Derborence

Derborence

An 18th century natural disaster created Lac Derborence, Switzerland’s youngest natural lake, and the virgin forest surrounding it. The area has been a nature conservation zone since 1954.
A natural disaster created the lake at Derborence: thousands of tons of rock came crashing down from a height of 1900 metres in 1714 and 1749, coming to rest 400 metres below and forming a 1.8 kilometre-long natural barrier which gradually filled with water and became the Lac de Derborence. A virgin forest of spruce, pine, larch, stone pine, beech and willows grew on the rock debris and rotting timber of the felled trees, interspersed with trees that survived the landslides. Some of the trees in this forest are 600 years old and huge boulders dot the landscape on the valley floor. The area was acquired by nature protection group Pro Natura in 1961 and is now a conservation zone that is a rugged paradise and the region’s scenic highlight.

The region’s exceptionally rich fauna has been protected since 1911 by a 152 km2 hunting exclusion zone. The valley is a natural habitat for ibex, chamois, deer, marmots and hares and several bird species including the owl, golden eagle, bearded vulture, partridge, black grouse, raven and alpine chough.

Highlights

  • Lac de Derborence, the youngest natural lake in Switzerland
  • Virgin forest in a nature conservation area
An 18th century natural disaster created Lac Derborence, Switzerland’s youngest natural lake, and the virgin forest surrounding it. The area has been a nature conservation zone since 1954.
A natural disaster created the lake at Derborence: thousands of tons of rock came crashing down from a height of 1900 metres in 1714 and 1749, coming to rest 400 metres below and forming a 1.8 kilometre-long natural barrier which gradually filled with water and became the Lac de Derborence. A virgin forest of spruce, pine, larch, stone pine, beech and willows grew on the rock debris and rotting timber of the felled trees, interspersed with trees that survived the landslides. Some of the trees in this forest are 600 years old and huge boulders dot the landscape on the valley floor. The area was acquired by nature protection group Pro Natura in 1961 and is now a conservation zone that is a rugged paradise and the region’s scenic highlight.

The region’s exceptionally rich fauna has been protected since 1911 by a 152 km2 hunting exclusion zone. The valley is a natural habitat for ibex, chamois, deer, marmots and hares and several bird species including the owl, golden eagle, bearded vulture, partridge, black grouse, raven and alpine chough.

Highlights

  • Lac de Derborence, the youngest natural lake in Switzerland
  • Virgin forest in a nature conservation area

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Office du tourisme de Conthey-région
Rue Lombarde 24
1964 Châteauneuf-Conthey
Tel. +41 (0)27 346 72 01
info@contheyregion.ch
www.contheyregion.ch

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Derborence
Sanetsch-Muveran-Weg
Sanetsch-Muveran-Weg
Stage 3, Derborence–Ovronnaz
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Sanetsch-Muveran-Weg
Stage 2, Col du Sanetsch–Derborence
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