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Ar du Tsan

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Join the Ar du Tsan, the famous meanders of the Vallon de Réchy, and the Pichioc waterfall. The nature reserve is to be discovered on foot, in a calm and contemplative atmosphere.
closed
moderate
Distance 7.1 km
2:20 h
166 m
166 m
2,326 m
2,176 m

 

One of the secrets of the Valais lies in its secluded, unspoilt places, its grandiose and emotionally rich landscapes, sources of inspiration for many artists, painters, poets, writers and photographers.  The Vallon de Réchy is preserved from civilization. With no roads or buildings, it offers vast possibilities for hiking and defines itself as a haven of peace.

 

 

The Vallon de Réchy is divided into 3 different levels:

 

The Bas-Vallon: after throwing itself from an impressive waterfall, the river Rèche flows between forests, clearings and mayens.

 

Le Vallon-Moyen: a barrier of rock stands out across the valley. Once through this natural gate, the trees give way to vast plateaux covered with moorland. Alpine meadows follow one another in the heart of the Ar du Tsan.

 

The Haut-Vallon: the upper part of the valley shelters the Lac du Louché. This part also acts as a water tower which keeps drinking water in reserve for the inhabitants of the region.

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Update: November 04, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
2,326 m
Lowest point
2,176 m
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 100%
Forested/wild trail
7.1 km
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Rest stops

Buvette de Tsartsey

Safety information

  • Leave nature behind you as it was before you passed through.
  • Respect the tranquillity of the wild animals.
  • Never go on a difficult hike alone.
  • In the mountains, the climate is harsher and the weather changes quickly, so equip yourself accordingly!

Tips and hints

The Vallon de Réchy is a protected nature reserve.

Start

Crêt du Midi (2,321 m)
Coordinates:
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2'607'008E 1'119'769N
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46.229328, 7.529485
DMS
46°13'45.6"N 7°31'46.1"E
UTM
32T 386606 5120578
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Destination

Crêt du Midi

Turn-by-turn directions

Arrived at the Crêt-du-Midi, follow the ridge in front of the exit of the cable car then take the path towards the Ar du Tsan, once you have passed the barrier of the Vallon de Réchy reserve, you are at the Ar du Tsan. 

Public transport

Regular trains to Sierre, then various buses will take you to the Chalais cable car stop. Please find the complete timetable on www.cff.ch.

 

Option 1: The cable car from Chalais goes to Vercorin in 7 minutes. Please find the complete timetable here.

Option 2: A Car Postal from Chalais to Vercorin. The journey takes about 30 minutes from the Chalais cable car stop.

 

From there you can take the Télévercorin cable car to the top of the Crêt-du-Midi.

By road

Motorway A9 to Sierre, exit 28 Sierre-ouest, then continue in the direction of Vercorin.

A9 motorway to Sion, exit Sion-est, take direction Bramois and Grône, then continue in the direction of Vercorin.

Parking

Various parking spaces are available in the village. 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'607'008E 1'119'769N
DD
46.229328, 7.529485
DMS
46°13'45.6"N 7°31'46.1"E
UTM
32T 386606 5120578
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

ValRando - Vallon de Réchy - 1:25000

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Equipment

We recommend :

  • Good shoes
  • Clothing adapted to the weather: always have a waterproof jacket.
  • Hat or cap
  • Sun cream
  • Water bottle
  • Walking sticks (optional)
  • Not accessible by pushchair

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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7.1 km
Duration
2:20 h
Ascent
166 m
Descent
166 m
Highest point
2,326 m
Lowest point
2,176 m
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