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Hérémence (1230m) lies to the south of Sion at the entrance to the mountain valley of the same name, famous for the Grand Dixence dam. The village combines traditional authenticity with striking modern construction.
Old timber chalets and modern public buildings stand side-by-side at Hérémence. The stunning monumental concrete structure of the Roman Catholic church was built in the 1960s and is controversial to this day. Hérémence is a large municipality comprising 11 villages and hamlets and extending from the flank of the Rhône Valley for over 40km in the direction of the Italian border. Its highest point is the 3870m peak of the Mont-Blanc de Cheilon.

The 285m-high wall of the Grand Dixence Dam rises up to meet the sky at the far end of the craggy Val d’Hérémence. After completion in the early 1960s, it stayed
the tallest gravity dam in the world. This gravity dam of monumental proportions is 200m wide at its base. Its weight, approximately 15 million tonnes, makes it heavier than the Great Pyramid of Cheops. The Lac de Dix reservoir stores 400 million cubic metres of water per year, producing 2 billion kwh of electricity. The interior of the dam has 32 horizontal and vertical tunnels for constant monitoring and maintenance and guided tours behind the scenes. A cableway runs from the base of the dam to the crest.

Hérémence lies at the entrance to the sunny Thyon 2000 holiday region on the western flank of the Val d’Hérémence at an altitude of 1500-2100m, with views of the world-famous 4000m peaks Matterhorn, Dent-Blanche and Mont-Blanc. Thyon 2000 caters for skiers but also for paragliders, hikers and mountain bikers who appreciate the many options to enjoy their sports.

Summer

The moor and mountain lake landscape of Gouilles d’Essertse lies two kilometres from Thyon 2000. The Grande Tsa peat bog is the highest in the Alps and home to exceptional Alpine flora. Well worth seeing are the naturally-formed pyramids at the sleepy village of Euseigne opposite Hérémence, set in a fairytale landscape with steep, rainwater-eroded stone formations. A scenic hiking trail leads from here over Hérémence to Veysonnaz. The trail runs partly alongside the irrigation channels of the Bisse de Vex.

Winter

The modern, car-free winter sports resort of Thyon 2000 above the Rhône Valley has easy pistes, winter hiking routes, snow shoe trails and dog-sledging and is very popular with families. This sun-exposed small winter resort is also the eastern entrance of one of the largest ski regions in the Alps, Les 4 Vallées (The 4 Valleys) with the resorts of Thyon, Veysonnaz, Nendaz, La Tzoumaz and Verbier, which together offer around 90 lifts and 400km of piste.

Highlights

  • Grande Dixence Dam in the Val d’Hérémence: The highest gravity dam in the world with a height of 285 metres. Daily guided tours into the dam interior in summer.
  • The Ibex High Trail is an interesting theme path in the Val de Dix above Grand Dixence.
  • Natural pyramids at Euseigne at the entrace to the Val d’Hérémence, odd and striking natural formations caused by erosion.
  • Suonen: Old irrigation channels that run at constant altitude parallel to the hillside, often alongside hiking trails. Interesting trail alongside the 12km long restored Bisse de Vex from Nendaz to Veysonnaz.
Hérémence (1230m) lies to the south of Sion at the entrance to the mountain valley of the same name, famous for the Grand Dixence dam. The village combines traditional authenticity with striking modern construction.
Old timber chalets and modern public buildings stand side-by-side at Hérémence. The stunning monumental concrete structure of the Roman Catholic church was built in the 1960s and is controversial to this day. Hérémence is a large municipality comprising 11 villages and hamlets and extending from the flank of the Rhône Valley for over 40km in the direction of the Italian border. Its highest point is the 3870m peak of the Mont-Blanc de Cheilon.

The 285m-high wall of the Grand Dixence Dam rises up to meet the sky at the far end of the craggy Val d’Hérémence. After completion in the early 1960s, it stayed
the tallest gravity dam in the world. This gravity dam of monumental proportions is 200m wide at its base. Its weight, approximately 15 million tonnes, makes it heavier than the Great Pyramid of Cheops. The Lac de Dix reservoir stores 400 million cubic metres of water per year, producing 2 billion kwh of electricity. The interior of the dam has 32 horizontal and vertical tunnels for constant monitoring and maintenance and guided tours behind the scenes. A cableway runs from the base of the dam to the crest.

Hérémence lies at the entrance to the sunny Thyon 2000 holiday region on the western flank of the Val d’Hérémence at an altitude of 1500-2100m, with views of the world-famous 4000m peaks Matterhorn, Dent-Blanche and Mont-Blanc. Thyon 2000 caters for skiers but also for paragliders, hikers and mountain bikers who appreciate the many options to enjoy their sports.

Summer

The moor and mountain lake landscape of Gouilles d’Essertse lies two kilometres from Thyon 2000. The Grande Tsa peat bog is the highest in the Alps and home to exceptional Alpine flora. Well worth seeing are the naturally-formed pyramids at the sleepy village of Euseigne opposite Hérémence, set in a fairytale landscape with steep, rainwater-eroded stone formations. A scenic hiking trail leads from here over Hérémence to Veysonnaz. The trail runs partly alongside the irrigation channels of the Bisse de Vex.

Winter

The modern, car-free winter sports resort of Thyon 2000 above the Rhône Valley has easy pistes, winter hiking routes, snow shoe trails and dog-sledging and is very popular with families. This sun-exposed small winter resort is also the eastern entrance of one of the largest ski regions in the Alps, Les 4 Vallées (The 4 Valleys) with the resorts of Thyon, Veysonnaz, Nendaz, La Tzoumaz and Verbier, which together offer around 90 lifts and 400km of piste.

Highlights

  • Grande Dixence Dam in the Val d’Hérémence: The highest gravity dam in the world with a height of 285 metres. Daily guided tours into the dam interior in summer.
  • The Ibex High Trail is an interesting theme path in the Val de Dix above Grand Dixence.
  • Natural pyramids at Euseigne at the entrace to the Val d’Hérémence, odd and striking natural formations caused by erosion.
  • Suonen: Old irrigation channels that run at constant altitude parallel to the hillside, often alongside hiking trails. Interesting trail alongside the 12km long restored Bisse de Vex from Nendaz to Veysonnaz.

Arrival and return Hérémence

Adresse

Thyon-Région Tourisme
Rue des Collons 5
1988 Les Collons
Tel. +41 (0)27 281 27 27
info@thyon-region.ch
www.thyon-region.ch

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Cabane des Dix CAS
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Grande Dixence dam
Grande Dixence dam
The bizarre pyramids of Euseigne
The bizarre pyramids of Euseigne
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Hiking in

Hérémence
Chemin des Bisses
Chemin des Bisses
Stage 4, Veysonnaz–St-Martin
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Chemin d’Ossona
Chemin d’Ossona
Route 215, Vernamiège, Les Prixes–Ossona–Euseigne, La Luette
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Hérémence
Valais Alpine Bike
Valais Alpine Bike