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Hike Cabane d'Essertze (mountain cabin)

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This beautiful and varied hike takes you from the resort of Veysonnaz to the Essertse mountain cabin in the heart of the Alps, passing through forest and mountain pastures. The walk is mainly uphill and requires good physical condition.




3h 50m

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The departure of this hike is located in front of Veysonnaz Tourisme. The footpath begins after the parking spaces along the route de l'Ours, on the right as you go up the road. The path takes you pleasantly through the forest, despite the 800-metre climb. You pass by the Gouilly d'en Bas and the Gouilly d'en Haut, real havens of coolness and tranquillity in the heart of the forest.
At Thyon 2000, most of the climb is behind you. You follow the signs for Val d'Hérens - Grande Dixence. The walk continues towards the Cabane d'Essertse on a footpath that leads you up the remaining 100 metres of ascent.

All along the way, the trained eye can recognize the changes in the typical Alpine flora as the altitude increases. The Thyon mountain side, its forest with its tourist activities alongside the cattle grazing, is a great example of the cohabitation of nature and human needs.

The cabin is located in an idyllic setting with a stunning view over the Val des Dix. You can enjoy a drink, sample dishes made from local produce and even spend the night here.

Useful information

To avoid the climb, take the Veysonnaz gondola to Thyon 2000. A two hour walk is enough to reach the cabin.
This route is the first stage of the Nendaz Trekking, an itinerant walk lasting several days. For more information contact Veysonnaz Tourism
Walking time and distance given for the upside journey only.

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Cabane d'Essertze

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