Location: Central Valais, on the left bank of the Rhone above Vernamiège, Nax and Mase
Description: a difficult hike around Mount Noble. Mountain hike requiring a secure foot. There are some passages, which without being dizzying, can cause problems for people who are dizzying.
Total length: about 12 km
Walking time: 4 to 5 hours
Positive difference in altitude: 820 meters
National hiking map 1: 50’000: Montana 273
Best period: May to October
To join the start of the hike, drive up to Vernamiège. cross the village and follow the direction Prarion, Les Gouilles. Once arrived at Les Gouilles (Lac de Vernamiège, 5 km from the exit Vernamiège), the road is no longer paved. Continue this road to the point “1935” on the map (about 3 km, 2 wooden signposts “Alpage”). Park your vehicle and walk to the “Le Chiesso” alpine pasture.The Chemin des Charbonniers starts on the left up, a few dozen meters above the last chalet of the alpage. Consult the path through a beautiful forest larch There are also didactic panels explaining the work of the charcoal makers of the time, follow this path for about 1 hour until a junction (point 2306) and follow the route along the valley of Réchy by the east faces from the Tour de Bonvin and Mont Noble to the Ar du Tsan (about 1 hour) You reach the place called “Le Pichioc”, a magnificent plateau to hold a picnic After a well deserved rest, you start the climb of the col de Cou (about 1 h 30) .In the middle of the climb, a hundred meters after a small flat, the route separates for the col de cou and Lake Louché (point 2341) Follow « col de cou.” Once arrived at col de cou, the downhill does not pose any particular problem, follow Vernamiège, Nax to your starting point.
Note: To admire the panorama you can climb to the top of Mount Noble and join your starting point by a different route that crosses the north face of Mount Noble through the « tête des Planards”.
Along the route there are many places that allow the organisation of a picnic.