Walk through small Swiss farming villages as you leave the TMB behind you. Today’s hike is a gentle one offering an opportunity to rest and recover before tackling the challenges ahead. Drop from Champex-Lac to Le Châble, losing 800 metres elevation but gaining a vision into a Swiss rural idyll.
Today’s walk begins along the route that once connected Champex-Lac and Orsières before the road was built in 1928; back then it would have been a trundling two-hour horse-and-cart journey. The path contours along the mountain flanks; though the ground rises and falls steeply on either side, your track loses height gradually and makes for pleasant hiking. On your right, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of some of the imposing mountains you’ll be tackling in the coming days, however, there’s nothing to trouble you today except for the occasional picturesque Swiss villages or rural pastures to stop and admire.
From Sembrancher, the path veers right through a wide and verdant valley, walking beside the Bagnes Stream and through pine forest until reaching Le Châble. From this lower elevation, the mountains seem to tower even higher above you. This lively valley has an excellent variety of opportunities to rest and have fun; be sure to check out the perks of a VIP card, attainable from your hotel.
Tip van de auteur
Enquire about your VIP Pass upon arrival in Le Châble; it includes free access to many attractions including gondolas, swimming pools, mini golf and cheese workshops!
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Occasionally you must walk on minor roads. Where there is no verge or pavement you should walk on the left side facing the oncoming traffic, except where the road bends left when you should cross over to the other side. Stay alert to vehicles around you.
The trail is often rocky and uneven and can be slippery when wet. Wear appropriate footwear and take care with your foot placements, particularly at the end of the day when you may be tired. Walking poles can be useful on some of the steep ascents and descents.
The weather can change quickly. Be sure to pack appropriate clothing in your day-bag.
Tips en hints
Points of Interest
Champex is a traditional Swiss mountain village sitting at 1,500 metres and centred around a tranquil lake popular for boating, paddleboarding, fishing, and lazy strolls. Its position on the Tour du Mont Blanc has made it a lively village, however, it is also known for high-quality cuisine and great wine with cafes and restaurants lining the north side of the lake.
Musée de Bagnes
This museum is located beside the church where you finish today's hike. It is housed in the old parish church, parts of which date to the 13th century. On display is an exquisite mural of the crucifixion dating to 1627, an intricately painted ceiling, from the early 1700s, and several local art displays and exhibitions. It is open regularly throughout the week.
Further information at: https://www.verbier.ch/summer/offers/musee-de-bagnes-le-chable-en-summer-2803686/
Food and Drink
There are limited food options along today’s walk so be sure to leave Champex with enough food for the day.
There are cafes, restaurants and shops in Sembrancher, a short detour from the trail after eight kilometres. La Châble, where you finish has a wide variety of places to eat and stock up on provisions.
There are water fountains to refill your bottles in Soulalex and Sembrancher after 4.50 and 8.60 kilometres respectively
Bring appropriate footwear, preferably walking boots with good grip and ankle support.
Bring a waterproof jacket and trousers, even where the weather forecast makes this appear unnecessary.
Walking poles may be useful on some of the steep ascents and descents.
Food for the duration of the hike and two litres of water is recommended.
A power bank and phone cable may be useful if you are navigating using your phone. Remember that phone batteries may be less effective in cold weather.
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