Location: Mayens de My (Conthey), right bank of the Rhone.
Description: not very easy hike, with a magnificent panorama of the Valais Alps.
Total length: about 13 km
Walking time: about 5 to 6 hours
Elevation: +/-930 meters
Altitude: between 1’400 and 2’100 meters
National hiking map 1: 50’000: 273 Montana
Best period: all year. In summer on foot, in winter snowshoes or ski touring
Difficulty : T3
From Conthey take the direction of Sanetsch following the road until Plan-Cernet. About 600 meters after Plan – Cernet there is a car park at the edge of the road. The route starts from the car park following a uphill road in front of the car park (direction South-West). Follow the route to “Esserts” (first a road, then a path). During this climb, the route crosses that of Petit Bisse and Plan – Cernet). From “Les Esserts”, follow the red and white hiking trail directions. The path crosses a road several times. When entering the forest of “Plapon” (altitude 1657), follow the road for about 50 meters (West) and turn right (upstream) on a paved road between two stone pillars (there is no indication, direction North), to climb about fifty meters to take a way upstream of the road (there is no indication) and to cross the forest of “Paplon” and to follow altitude point 1843. From there, follow in the direction of the “Plan des Larzes” (altitude point 1905, North) and then “La Croix de la Chia”. From the altitude point 1905, after having followed the road for 500 meters, leave the road upstream to reach the pass located between “le Pointet” and the altitude point 2117 “La Croix de la Chia” by zigzagging in the pastures (there is no indication and no way). From the pass, cross a very short area of Lapiaz towards the North and follow the ridge to the point of altitude 2’117.
For the return, go down towards the mountain chalet (North-West) to join the alp road that goes down towards the Chottes (alpine stables) at the point of altitude 1946. From there, head for the west by a path that joins a road that returns to altitude point 1843. Go down and cross the forest of “Paplon” by the same route as the climb to the point of altitude 1540 (Les Esserts). Go west (portions of roads and paths) to the point of altitude 1404. Then head northeast to the altitude point 1437 and join the Petit Bisse route and the starting point .
Very nice hike not very crowded. Magnificent panorama of the Aples valaisannes (Weisshorn, Dent Blanche, Matterhorn, Dent d’Hérens). Sporadic lack of route indication. Many places for picnic.
Public transport only in summer. Departure Sion station, Plan Cernet stop