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The Larch trees of Balavaux

Excursions & guided tours

Europe's largest Larch trees reveal the secret of their long life-span.

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Balavaux, located in the region of Isérables, is a wooded pasture which is home to around a hundred cows every summer. This mountain pasture is also home to about 250 Larches, some of which have reached the venerable age of 1000 years. These multi-century-old trees radiate strength and serenity. Among them is even the most imposing one in Europe, nicknamed "the King of Balavaux", which has a circumference of 11.8 m.

A guided walk is offered in autumn on the theme "The long life of Europe's largest Larch trees".

The participants meet at Tracouet (at the top of the gondola). A middle-mountain guide leads you across this pasture.

Why do larch trees feel so at home in Balavaux ? Why do they grow so big ? What dangers threaten them ? Learn more about these multi-centenarians while admiring their flamboyant autumn colours here! Between late October and early November, the autumn light creates an explosion of contrasts between the yellow-orange of the trees and the first snows on the surrounding summits.

  • Credit/debit card accepted
  • Booking required
  • Suitable for families


Nendaz Tourisme Route de la Télécabine 1
1997 Haute-Nendaz +41 27 289 55


Individual price (Tracouet gondola not included)
Adult20.- CHF
Child (6-16 years old)10.- CHF

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09:15 meeting at the top of the Tracouet gondola
09:15-11:30 walk to the pasture where the Larch trees stand
12:00 walk back up to Tracouet

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