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Ardon – Lake of Derborence

Degree of difficulty : T2
Right bank of the Lizerne

This walk departs from the bridge crossing the Lizerne at Balavaud. Follow the river’s right bank until you reach the power station. At this point, the marked trail climbs towards Isières through a pleasant grove of oaks and the vineyard. As soon as you reach Montau, the alpine route climbs steadily until Grand-Zeu (big forest) and then it becomes narrow (you must not be afraid of heights!).

This is a spectacular walk with beautiful views of the Lizerne gorges and the famous Derborence road with its tunnels. In Montélon, you enter the corrie of mountains that surrounds the Derborence valley.

Another option: A trail leaves from the Mayens de l’Airette towards the Alpage d’Einzon and Itre du Bouis beneath the Haut-de-Cry and the Mont à Cavouère.

Route 

Walking time

(in minute per stage)

Altitude

meter above sea level 

Balavaud - Ardon

Arrêt du car postal

Ligne Sion - Ardon - Martigny

505
Isières 

40 mn

774

Montau

35 mn

909

L’Airette 

35 mn

1239

La Grand-Zeu

30 mn

1309

Motélon 40 mn

1254

Lac de Derborence (car postal > Sion)

40 mn

1450 

Total time and change in Altitude

3 hours 40 

+ 1000 m
-    55 m