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Trient - Chalet du Glacier - Trient
Walk 8102

Canton - Valais / Wallis - Vallee du Trient

Author - Trient Office de Tourisme

Length - 8.0 km / 5 miles

Ascent - 310 metres / 1023 feet

Descent - 310 metres / 1023 feet

Time - 2.75 hours

Grade - easy/moderate

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This is a straightforward hike on easily graded paths. There are no difficulties with navigation.

Start & End - the village of Trient, 10 km. southwest of Martigny (VS).

From the village church walk up to the main road. Turn right in the direction of Forclaz. After a short distance along the road, take the signed track on the left which directs you to the Sentier du Bisse-Glacier. This leads you uphill to reach the main road to Forclaz. Go straight across the road and onto the track/footpath.

Height is gained as you zig-zag upwards. Meeting the transverse path from Forclaz, turn right and follow the drainage channel (bisse) south towards the Glacier du Trient. Almost level the path threads through trees with occasional views across the valley to the Col de Balme.

You reach the Chalet du Glacier (1583 m.) where refreshments are available in season. A grand view of the Glacier can be enjoyed whilst you take a break. For those with energy to spare you can walk closer to the foot of the glacier.

Leave the Chalet du Glacier on the same path used for the outward route and take the first path left. Cross the footbridge over the glacial river and turn right. This path leads to a metalled lane that will take you back to Trient.

Suggested Maps

Landeskarte der Schweiz - 1:50000 - Sheet SW 5003 - Mont Blanc - Grand Combin

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Stay Safe

Do enjoy yourself when out walking and choose a route that is within your capabilities especially with regard to navigation.

Do turn back if the weather deteriorates especially in winter or when visibility is poor.

Do wear the right clothing for the anticipated weather conditions. If the weather is likely to change for the worse make sure you have enough extra clothing in your pack.

Do tell someone where you are planning to walk especially in areas that see few other walkers.

Do take maps and other navigational aids. Do not rely on mobile devices in areas where reception is poor. Take spare batteries especially in cold weather.

Do check the weather forecast before leaving.

Do do not exceed your capabilities.

Please Note - These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that Walking Sitzerland is not held responsible for the safety or well being of those following the routes as described. It is worth reiterating the point that you should embark on a walk with the correct maps at the most detailed scale where possible. This will enable any difficulties with route finding to be assessed, and corrective action taken if necessary.