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Walk to Chandolin, from St. Luc

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A short, easy walk from Tignousa cable car station to the sunny village of Chandolin. 

3.4 km
1:02 h
20 m
225 m

Start by taking the cable car from St. Luc to Tignousa station. Walk along a well-defined path to the town of Chandolin. Due to its situation, Chandolin receives a lot of sun and is one of the highest villages in Europe that is inhabited all year long. From Chandolin, take a bus (bus no. 454) to St. Luc to reach your hotel. Alternatively you can retrace your steps and walk back via the path you arrived on.

Info and timetables for the cable car can be found here: 

Info and timetables for the bus can be found here: 

Author’s recommendation

Always check the public transport timetables before heading out on your walk. In smaller towns and villages, services do not run as often as in the larger towns and cities. Plan ahead to avoid waiting around! User
Sarah Stone
Updated: July 10, 2018

Highest point
2203 m
Lowest point
1978 m

Safety information

The weather can change rapidly in the Alps, always check the forecast before you start the days hiking and pack appropriately. If the weather is too rough, do not begin the trek.

There can be left over snow drifts early in the season, the can sometimes have melted underneath - particularly if it covers moving water. Just because it looks solid, it doesn't mean it is. Exercise extreme caution when crossing such snow drifts and if possible walk around them to where you can see the solidity of the ground clearly.

Some of the ground can be uneven, with rocky/pebbly paths and even ice. Ensure you have suitable footwear with ankle support, and step cautiously when needed. 

Much of the path is on clifftops and there has been some erosion, for this reason, the path is sometimes unclear, be careful of the drop and of loose rocks and edges to the cliffs.

Some of the gates are cattle deterrents and are electrified, be sure to use the plastic handles and reattach the cable to the housing when you pass through, they are 12 volts, so not dangerous but very unpleasant.


As well as the appropriate shoes and layered clothing for the changeable weather and other essentials, you should consider walking poles, UV sunglasses and at least factor 30 suncream. The sun is bright and high UV in the higher Alps and the snow can reflect it and intensify the exposure.

Tips, hints and links

Food and Drink

You can get refreshments at the funicular station, otherwise, it is worth bringing a snack, but the trail is short and a full lunch may not be necessary.


Amidst native pine and larch woods, Chandolin nestles securely on the sunny side of the Val d'Anniviers and has retained all its authentic charm. This ancient village with its typical timber houses and situated at an altitude of 1936 m is among the highest, continuously inhabited settlements in Europe.

This tour is available on the following itineraries: WSTSOTM


Tignousa Cable Car Station (2183 m)
46.229271, 7.609992
32T 392814 5120460


Chandolin Poste

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km - Start at the Tignousa station. TURN LEFT, following signs for Chandolin. 

0.20 km - As the path forks, BEAR RIGHT taking the ascending path

0.80 km - As you meet another path  BEAR LEFT to join the path, passing a building to your left and heading into the woods

2.20 km - The path meets another path, continue STRAIGHT ON

3.00 km - You will enter the village, passing to the right side of the centre

3.40 km - The path ends at the bus station, you can take a Poste Bus back to St Luc here


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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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3.4 km
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225 m


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