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Col de la Forclaz

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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

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R114 Trient » Champex
  |   5h30   |   15.1 km   |   912 m   |   770 m

Leave Trient via the Forclaz pass and take the gentle climb eastward to the Bovine Alp, after which follows a slight descent to the Champex high plateau. On reaching Champex lake, it is just a short distance to Champex, the stage destination.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1326 m
| D  1.9 km / 0h40
Col de la Forclaz
1526 m
|   4.5 km / 2h00
1966 m
| D  4.5 km / 1h30
Plan de l'Au
1329 m
| D  4.2 km / 1h20
1466 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Useful topographic maps
  • 282T Martigny ~ Swisstopo (1: 50'000)
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Useful guidebooks
  • Du Léman à Sion / André Beerli ~ Editions Ketty & Alexandre (ISBN 2-88114-026-2)
  • 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)

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  • Berta - 2018-07-22
    Am Col de la Forclaz ist ein Hotel, auch Dormitor, Tel: 004127 722 26 88
    Sehr turbulent, eher eine Massenabvertigung, aber freundliches Personal, Zimmer sauber und das Essen ok. 65 CHF Lager mit Halbpension
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    At the Col de la Forclaz is a hotel, also Dormitor, Tel: 004127 722 26 88 Very turbulent, rather a Massenabvertigung, but friendly staff, rooms clean and the food was okay. 65 CHF warehouse with half board
  • Daniel - 2015-09-16
    From Balme (Swiss border) to Champex there are no money machines. But you will need no Swiss Francs, because all places will accept Euro's. (where 1 EURO = 1 CHF)

    On Bovine, -which is a Farm with a huge terrace (meant for thirsty TMB hikers) you will have a splendid view on the Rhone valley and the Col du Demecre which we passed by during stage R106!
  • Thierry M - 2013-12-23
    Monaco - Trieste

    Via Alpina and TMB meets here.

    Got not welcome by the teenagers running the restaurant at Bovine. Got there before TMB hikers and felt like i was bothering when i got there around 9am. Understood why later on when crossed path in early July 2013 with about 50 TMB hikers from all around the world.

    Col de la Forclaz : Great place to meet and speak Japanese

    Trient : TMB hikers stop. If you like crowded place and meet the world, stop there overnight.

Last update : 2019-12-17