L’Ardève

Explore the Chemin de Bellevue, a veritable balcony offering views of the Ardève, by following the signs for Les Mayens-de-Chamoson. The route takes you up a hill that looks like a mountain. Although very steep at times, the path rises through a forest of conifers. Halfway up, a handrail makes it easier to cross a rocky bar. Follow the ridge to the summit for a magnificent panoramic view of the Rhône valley. The return journey follows the same route.

If you prefer an easier, less steep option :

Go through Les Mayens-de-Chamoson down a tarmac road, then turn right towards Les Mayens de l'Ardève. The path winds through the wooded slopes to the summit of L'Ardève. The return journey takes the same route. Although the route is longer, it has a gentler gradient.

You can also create a loop by combining the two routes, offering a varied and rewarding experience.

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Duration

2h20 (no break)

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Length

9.20 km

Difficulty

Medium / T2 (short section T3*)

*Mountain route with a short section of iron handrails to ensure your safety.

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Height difference

+559 m / -559 m

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Minimum altitude

1066 m

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Maximum altitude

1487 m

Starting point

Ovronnaz

Point of arrival

Ovronnaz

Period

May to October depending on snow conditions

Did you know ?

The rock face of the Ardève overlooks the Rhône plain from an impressive height of almost 800 metres.

For fans of the Earth sciences, the Ardève offers an exceptional opportunity to decipher the geological evolution of the Alps. Its geological history can be explored through three distinct aspects: the formation of rocks, their deformation and their erosion over time.

The southern end of the Ardève is a veritable perched observatory, offering an incomparable panorama stretching from Martigny to Leuk.

While the southern and south-western flanks are arid, the northern and north-eastern slopes of this imposing mountain are covered in forest vegetation.