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Day 1: Veysonnaz - cabane d'Essertze-44112
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Day 1: Veysonnaz - cabane d'Essertze

Distance: 9.8 km

Your meeting point is at 9am at Nendaz Tourisme to receive your topographic map and various recommendations. The trip from Nendaz to Veysonnaz is made by shuttle bus. Be on time, the shuttle doesn't wait for those who are late!

Your hike begins in front of the tourist office of Veysonnaz. Constructed in 1947 and renovated in 1999, the mountain restaurant Les Caboulis is situated above the picturesque village of Veysonnaz, at the altitude of 1450 m, and is 15 minutes from your place of departure. The restaurant offers dishes prepared with local products. In summer, donkey rides are organized.

Climb next in the direction of Thyon (2000 m) on a magnificent path which goes through the forest of Magrappé and arrives at the Mayens de l'Ours before reaching the plain of Thyon (2000 m). From Thyon, set out towards the Val d’Herens – Grande Dixence. The path becomes more and more wild before reaching the Gouilles d’Essertze (mountain lakes) where you then finally descend towards the Essertze Mountain Cabin at 2191 m in altitude where you will spend your first night.

To avoid the height difference of the climb, you have the possibility of taking the telecabine des Mayens, departing from Veysonnaz. From the summit of the telecabine, 2 hours' walking will suffice to reach the cabin.

Cabane d'Essertze information

  • The evening meal is served at 7pm
  • No slippers
  • Only accepts payment by cash
  • Electricity available
  • No showers
  • Dogs permitted
  • Open from 27 June until the 13 September 2020
  • Contact: +41 (0) 79 368 96 08

Duration 4h30
Ascension 1040 m
Descent 206 m
Highest point 2367


Route de Magrappé 42
CH – 1993 Veysonnaz
+41 27 207 10 53 |
Opening hours
9.00-12.00 | 14.00-17.30
9.30-12.00 | 14.30-17.30