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The small resort of Champex in Canton Valais with its turquoise-hued mountain lake of the same name lies at an altitude of 1500m in a tranquil high valley that branches off from the main road to Verbier and the Great St. Bernhard to the south of Martigny.
The picturesque village of Champex with its chalets is coiled around an idyllic small mountain lake with splendid views of the Val d’Entremont and the impressive Grand Combin peak. Champex’ «home mountain» the Catogne (2598m) is also a magnificent sight. Depending on the perspective, its cone shape bears striking resemblance to a volcano. The view from the peak stretches as far as the Rhône Valley, and with luck, an ibex might cross the hiker’s path.

The idyllic chalet landscape masks a military background: this region close to the French border was of eminent strategic importance during WWII and the Cold War. The underground artillery fortifications can be visited – it is a monument to the Swiss military defence strategy of the time.

A scenic and winding road leads down from Champex to Orsières in the Val Entremont, continuing to the Great St. Bernhard Pass. Champex is also ideal for excursions to Martigny, Verbier, Val de Bagnes and Val Ferret.

SUMMER

A pretty hiking region surrounds Champex, with over 100 kilometres of sign-posted trails and tours. The «Petit Ruisseau» (small stream) leads into the picturesque and unmissable Val d’Arpette, a glacier valley and nature conservation area. A family-friendly hike leads from the mountain terminus of the Breya chairlift (2188m, views of Lake Geneva) through the Val d’Arpette, ending at a mountain inn with petting zoo and an idyllic mountain lake nestled into Alpine pastures and stone pine forests.Champex is a major stage on the ten-day Tour de Mont Blanc that circuits the Mont Blanc Massif via Chamonix, Courmayeur and Champex.

WINTER

Champex’ small ski region with four lifts is at La Breya and has both easy and difficult slopes. There are long downhill runs in the Val d’Arpette. The pistes are north-facing, which all but guarantees plentiful snow. There are 30 kilometres of cross-country ski runs for both classic and skating techniques.

Highlights

  • Mountain lake – the small, turquoise-hued alpine lake nestles amongst pine trees and pretty chalets.
  • Gorges du Durnand – the raging mountain stream rushes over 14 levels down into the Dranse Valley. Access to the gorge is via a path with tunnels, steps and galleries.
  • Alpine Botanical Gardens – a popular destination and short hike from Champex. Microcosm with streams, waterfalls, 3000 different plant species and wonderful views of Champex and the lake.
  • Val Ferret – unspoilt rural valley with a tradition of seasonal cattle migration. The nature conservation area of Combe de l’A with the colourful autumn foliage of the deciduous forest and belling stags is reminiscent of a North American «Indian Summer».
The small resort of Champex in Canton Valais with its turquoise-hued mountain lake of the same name lies at an altitude of 1500m in a tranquil high valley that branches off from the main road to Verbier and the Great St. Bernhard to the south of Martigny.
The picturesque village of Champex with its chalets is coiled around an idyllic small mountain lake with splendid views of the Val d’Entremont and the impressive Grand Combin peak. Champex’ «home mountain» the Catogne (2598m) is also a magnificent sight. Depending on the perspective, its cone shape bears striking resemblance to a volcano. The view from the peak stretches as far as the Rhône Valley, and with luck, an ibex might cross the hiker’s path.

The idyllic chalet landscape masks a military background: this region close to the French border was of eminent strategic importance during WWII and the Cold War. The underground artillery fortifications can be visited – it is a monument to the Swiss military defence strategy of the time.

A scenic and winding road leads down from Champex to Orsières in the Val Entremont, continuing to the Great St. Bernhard Pass. Champex is also ideal for excursions to Martigny, Verbier, Val de Bagnes and Val Ferret.

SUMMER

A pretty hiking region surrounds Champex, with over 100 kilometres of sign-posted trails and tours. The «Petit Ruisseau» (small stream) leads into the picturesque and unmissable Val d’Arpette, a glacier valley and nature conservation area. A family-friendly hike leads from the mountain terminus of the Breya chairlift (2188m, views of Lake Geneva) through the Val d’Arpette, ending at a mountain inn with petting zoo and an idyllic mountain lake nestled into Alpine pastures and stone pine forests.Champex is a major stage on the ten-day Tour de Mont Blanc that circuits the Mont Blanc Massif via Chamonix, Courmayeur and Champex.

WINTER

Champex’ small ski region with four lifts is at La Breya and has both easy and difficult slopes. There are long downhill runs in the Val d’Arpette. The pistes are north-facing, which all but guarantees plentiful snow. There are 30 kilometres of cross-country ski runs for both classic and skating techniques.

Highlights

  • Mountain lake – the small, turquoise-hued alpine lake nestles amongst pine trees and pretty chalets.
  • Gorges du Durnand – the raging mountain stream rushes over 14 levels down into the Dranse Valley. Access to the gorge is via a path with tunnels, steps and galleries.
  • Alpine Botanical Gardens – a popular destination and short hike from Champex. Microcosm with streams, waterfalls, 3000 different plant species and wonderful views of Champex and the lake.
  • Val Ferret – unspoilt rural valley with a tradition of seasonal cattle migration. The nature conservation area of Combe de l’A with the colourful autumn foliage of the deciduous forest and belling stags is reminiscent of a North American «Indian Summer».

Arrival and return Champex

Adresse

Office du tourisme de Champex-Lac
Immeuble Beau-Site
1938 Champex-Lac
Tel. +41 (0)27 775 23 83
champexlac@saint-bernard.ch
www.saint-bernard.ch

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Places of interest

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Alpine Passes Trail
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Stage 35, La Fouly–Champex-Lac
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Stage 36, Champex–Trient
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