Tsantonnaire Tour

Explore the magnificent Petit Pré mountain pasture at the foot of Grand Château and Châtillon, starting from Jorasse. Follow the hillside path overlooking the resort of Ovronnaz. The route continues at a steady gradient towards Grand Pré d'Euloi, a vast and splendid meadow that turns into a lake when the snow melts (June to early July). The water seeps in and out at Sarvaz, above Saillon. At Grand Pré, the main path leads to Fenestral. Leave it and walk north around the plain. The path then climbs through the charming Les Vétreuses area. This wide corridor is home to a rich variety of flora, accompanied by small streams and snowdrifts, the last vestiges of winter.

You will then reach Tsantonnaire (2,500 m), the highest point of the hike and of the ski area in winter. The majestic Mont Blanc massif looms on the horizon, protected by the Valais Alps stretching eastwards. The return to Jorasse follows a route along the ski slope. The path, although briefly steep, winds between strips of grass and rocks to reach the Pré de Bougnonne.

Finally, the alpine path takes you gently back to Jorasse, where the loop ends. This excursion gives you the chance to admire the different faces of the Six Armaille!

Access to the Tour via the Jorasse chairlift.

Car park at the start of the chairlift.

Catering: Jorasse mountain restaurant.

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Durée

3h00 (sans pause)

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Distance

8 km

Difficulté

Moyenne / T2

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Dénivellation

+578 m / -578 m

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Altitude min

1947 m

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Altitude max

2460 m

Point de départ

Jorasse arrivée du télésiège

Point d'arrivée

Jorasse arrivée du télésiège

Période

Juin-Octobre selon la fonte des neiges

Did you know ?

During periods of high water, the Pré d'Euloi is embellished with picturesque meanders.

There are traces of gold in the Vétreuse region. Gold panning enthusiasts, get your tools ready!

The name Tsantonnaire seems to derive from pre-Celtic, where the word "canto" means a large stone. This name takes on its full meaning in this mineral environment made up of lapiés, dolines, fissures and mounds.