We were staying in a rented Chalet in Mayens de Chamoson.
The village is spreading all over the slope above Chamoson with its
Vineyards, scattered with lovely Chalets. After crossing the hilltop we're
in Ovronnaz, a vacation town with a modern Thermal bath and winter sport
infrastructure. A chair lift (in operation during main season, summer mid
July thtough Oct) runs to Bougnone (1939 m) with hiking trails,
among others, to the Rambert hut..
For hikers a interesting hiking network is ready. Between Leytron and
Ovronnaz and between Sion and Mayens de Chamoson a public bus service
(Postauto) is in operation.
|Ovronnaz - Bougnone: To Saille this is the same track as for
Rambert hut. Near the "Centre sportif" a lovely hiking trail
the creek. Trees spend some shade, later when we've gained some
height, it gets a bit cooler and the track narrows.|
Reaching the alp Saille we turn left for Bougnone. Straight on we
would reach Rambert hut (2 hrs).
The track from Saille to Bougnone is almost flat and crosses alpine
flora. The view is superb.
The shortest track back to Ovronnaz is by alp Odonne. The hiking track
is rather steep, although there is a less steep but longer drive way.
Of course, there is also the chairlift (In operation July
|Longer tours with start in Ovronnaz: e.g. to Rambert hut on
Grand Muverans, or into the Derborence valley (6 hrs. Bus to
Sion 4:30 PM, July through Sept). |
There are many old little towns in the valley.
So e.g. Saillon, right in the vineyards.
The hill can't be overlooked. Part of the village walls serve also for
walls of the houses inside the town. The tower can be climbed on a narrow