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R107 Col du Demècre » Vernayaz
  |   5h30   |   14.2 km   |   164 m   |   2063 m

Leave the Col du Demècre heading south to reach the Portail de Fully. From here, the trail passes over the ridge, which offers a view over both the lower and upper Valais. From the Sex Carro, there is a steep descent to Champex and Dorénaz. For this stretch, it is also possible to take the aerial cable car. Cross the Rhone plateau to soon reach Pissevache/Vernayaz.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Col du Demècre
2357 m
| D  2.7 km / 1h00
Portail de Fully
2269 m
| D  1.4 km / 0h20
Sex Carro
2083 m
| D  4.6 km / 2h05
1120 m
| D  3.2 km / 1h20
449 m
| D  2.3 km / 0h45
457 m
Detailed route description
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Useful topographic maps
  • 272T St-Maurice ~ Swisstopo (1: 50'000)
  • Grand-St-Bernard / Dents du Midi-Les Diablerets ~ Kümmerly und Frey AG, 3052 Zollikofen (1: 60'000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Unterwallis / Waeber/Steinbichler ~ Bergverlag Rudolf Rother GmbH (ISBN 3-7633-4128-5)
  • Kompass Wanderbuch Wallis 998 ~ KOMPASS-Karten GmbH, Rum/Innsbruck (ISBN 3-85491-773-2)
  • Du Léman à Sion / André Beerli ~ Editions Ketty & Alexandre (ISBN 2-88114-026-2)

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  • Berta - 2018-07-16
    In Vernayaz fanden wir ein schönes Zimmer im Hotel La Cascade, direkt beim Wasserfall. Unser Fenster war mit Blick auf den Wasserfall, nur das Rauschen des Wassers war zu hören, kein Straßenlärm. Etwas teurer als das Hotel am bahnhof, aber um vieles besser. Zimner + Frühstück 148 CHF für 2 Personen
    Automatic translation [Google]
    In Vernayaz we found a nice room at the Hotel La Cascade, right by the waterfall. Our window was overlooking the waterfall, only the sound of the water was heard, no street noise. A bit more expensive than the hotel at the station, but much better. Cinnamon + breakfast 148 CHF for 2 persons
  • frankie9594 - 2018-02-21
    Monaco- Trieste

    Col Demecre has been recently renovated, however everything Joc said is still true. Be sure to have a filter for water, or be prepared to buy bottled water.
  • Elisabeth - 2014-12-05
    Après le pont sur le Rhône, il faut continuer tout droit jusqu'à Vernayaz. Si l'on veut voir la cascade de près, il sera toujours temps de faire l'aller-retour ! Il n'y a plus de camping à Pissevache et le départ de l'étape suivante n'est pas à Pissevache, mais à Vernayaz !
    Automatic translation [Google]
    After the bridge over the Rhone, continue straight until Vernayaz. If one wants to see the waterfall up close, there will be time to make a return trip! There are no more camping Pissevache and starting the next step is to Pissevache but Vernayaz!
  • Joc - 2014-10-28
    Pour éviter une étape trop longue et avec trop de dénivelé de Vernayaz au col du Demècre, prendre le téléphérique de Dorénaz à Champex d'Allesse (se renseigner sur les horaires). Le samedi-dimanche le 1er téléphérique est à 09h30...

    La cabane du Demècre est très sympa. Mais le plat du soir est toujours des spaghettis, et c'est tout. Excellente tarte aux pruneaux. Pas d'eau courante. Mais il y a des grands bidons avec de l'eau de pluie (non-potable). La gardienne fournit une petite cuvette d'eau chaude sur demande, pour se laver. On peut acheter des bouteilles d'eau potable.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    To avoid too long a step and with too much elevation of the neck of Vernayaz Demècre, take the cable car to Allesse Dorenaz Champex (inquire about the hours). Saturday-Sunday 1 cable is 09:30 Demècre ... The cabin is very nice. But the dish of the evening is always spaghetti, and that's all. Excellent plum tart. No running water. But there are large drums with rain water (non-potable). The Guardian provides a small bowl hot water on demand, to wash. You can buy bottles of drinking water.
  • Thierry M - 2013-12-23
    Monaco - Trieste

    Vernayaz - Cabane Scex carro is a steep way up 3h40 but worth the effort, great view and cheap bed 15CHF (July 2013), shared pasta shoota with friendly keeper Fabrice & friends

    Cabane Scex Carro - Col/refuge du Demecre is 2h way up not steep possible to sleep at Col du Demecre.

    From there it can reach Chalet neuf 1858m in one hour down from Col du Demecre but off via alpina which stays upper

  • Jean-Louis GIRAUD - 2013-05-20
    Faute de renseignements précis sur les possibilités d'hébergement à VERNAYAZ, j'ai trouvé une chambre d'hotes pratiquement sur la trace de la Via Alpina, à proximité de DORENAZ, au lieu dit ALLESSE...
    Accueil trés cordial d'un couple de jeunes Francais dans une belle maison au dessus de la vallée du RHONE.
    J'étais leur premier "client" et l'évènement a été trés correctement arrosé !
    " L'AURORE " Chambres d'hotes
    chez Aurore CRUNELLE
    Tel 00 41 (0)79 613 21 20
    ou 00 41 (0)27 722 09 68
    Email :
    Le gite dispose de plusieurs chambres .
    Bon et copieux petit déjeuner. Au final une bonne alternative à VERNAYAZ...
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Absence of precise information on places to stay in VERNAYAZ, I found a bed and breakfast almost on the trail of the Via Alpina, close to Dorénaz at a place called ... Home Allesse very friendly a couple young French in a beautiful house above the Rhone Valley. I was their first "client" and the event was very watered properly! "AURORA" Bed and Breakfast in Aurora CRUNELLE 8 Road CHAMPEX to Allesse / Dorenaz Tel 00 41 (0) 79 613 21 20 or 00 41 (0) 27 722 09 68 Email: The cottage has several rooms. Good and hearty breakfast. Finally a good alternative to VERNAYAZ ...
  • Daniel - 2010-10-17
    A little off the track is Cabane de Sex Carro. In the mist I passed this mini-refuge and the warden hailed me in, warmed me up with a cup of coffee. He pointed me the peak of the Mont Blanc as it appeared between the mists for a couple of seconds. Watch his doggy who gets over-excited when new guests arrive. He has a 10 bed dorm (CHF 10). Use this as an alternative to Vernayaz.
  • Daniel - 2010-10-17
    Ugly Varnayaz has a supermarket, post office and a bank. The Cascade hotel, 1 km north, charges CHF 80 per night. The station near the railway station looked cheaper, but had its resting day when I arrived.
Last update : 2019-12-17