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From the top of the Veysonnaz gondola, the route quickly leads to the buildings of Thyon 2000 before descending through the high mountain pastures. Enjoy the beautiful plain of La Mura for a while before reaching Les Collons and then Les Masses. Follow the mountain bike signs past the tennis courts to the hamlet of Les Granges. Continue up the hill, keeping to the right, to reach La Planie, a beautiful and easy path that leads directly to the main Dixence road.
At this point, all you have to do is follow the road to its highest point at 2,140 metres above sea level, at the foot of the imposing wall of the gravity dam, the highest in Europe. A visit is a must, admire the view, imagine the work carried out by the men during the construction of the structure, feel the power of the water generating natural energy. And also gather your strength because the return journey still has some surprising climbs in store for you. You can of course return on the same route and go down from Les Masses to Veysonnaz on the road, but why not explore other areas of the Val des Dix?
After the hamlet of Pralong, you are invited to turn off before crossing the bridge onto the Mandelon road until you reach the first hairpin bend, where the path continues straight ahead through a wooded area before returning towards La Dixence. A bridge allows the crossing of the river and joins the main road, to be followed for about a kilometre. A second variant marked out for mountain bikes on the right takes you to some old mountain chalets and pastures, at the place called Artseno. At the next junction with the main road, the itinerary goes uphill a few metres before taking a pleasant path to the hamlet of Riod, then Les Granges and finally Les Masses.
The tour is almost complete. All that remains is to descend to Veysonnaz. The most courageous are still invited to take a short detour via the forestry track to avoid the tarmac road and the others can continue along the main road to the starting point in Veysonnaz.