Discover the history and multiple functions of the bisses!
17 July 2022
If I ask you what the three things are come to your mind about Valais, I am sure you would mention Matterhorn, one of the numerous Alpine resorts like Crans-Montana, Saas Fee or Verbier and wine.
You did`t think about to mention the bisses, the historic irrigation channels that determines the landscape of the canton, did you? 😊
A bisse is an open ditch delivering priceless water from mountain streams – often by daring routes – to arid pastures and fields, vineyards and orchards. Many bisses are still in use today and so are carefully maintained.
During this program we immerse ourselves in the fascinating world of traditional irrigation canals and walk along some of the numerous trails accompanying these historic watercourses.
- Visit the Bisse Museum
- Immerse in the fascinating world of bisses.
- Hike along three different fascinating bisses.
- Enjoy superb panoramic views.
- Breath in the fresh air.
- Taste the delicious local food.
- Enjoy the company of like-minded people.
We will start our program in the Bisses Museum where with the help of our guide we will learn about the history, construction, and socio-cultural meaning of these old aqueducts from Roman times to the present day.
If you are adventurous, you can even try your hand at operating a bisse made of “bazots and tretschbord” – a wooden channel and a special type of wall. 😉
Then, we will start our walk on a magnificent footpath along the Bisse d'Ayent, the Bisse de Sion and the Bitailla (13 km, 700m ascend, 200 m descend) to add a new dimension to our newly gained knowledge.
We will stop for a pic-nic on the road, please bring your food, the restaurants won`t be serving food during the time of our hike!
At the end of program, we will stop by in one of the restaurants in the charming village of Anzere.
Remember, you cover only your own cost, what is 25 CHF.
Included: Guided visit and entry to the museum.
Not included: restaurant
If you are ready for this Alpine adventure, sign up today, places are limited.. (max 15 persons).
Registration closes one week before the date of the event.
Please note, that by registering you are automatically accepting the terms and conditions.
If you have questions, contact us via Vzo2JSM2FzYwNiMyMi8nMiU+Mjk0Mnk0ODo@nospam