An easy route in an idyllic setting, surrounded by mountains, forests and waterfalls.
Lake Tseuzier is an artificial reservoir created by the Rawyl dam, built between 1953 and 1957.
Today, surrounded by forests, alpine pastures and an impressive panorama, this lake offers hikers a peaceful and refreshing moment in the heart of nature. The tour of the lake is done in an anti-clockwise direction, but you are free to choose which side you wish to walk on this loop.
While crossing the dam, don't hesitate to stop on the sunny terrace of the Restaurant du barrage (1'777 m) for a coffee break or to eat. At the end of the lake, the path crosses the Bisse de Sion, a historic irrigation canal built between 1901 and 1903 to transport water from the river (the Sionne) which ends its course in Sion. The area around the lake offers a magical setting: the Rawyl mountain pasture is framed by cliffs and waterfalls.
The gîte de l'Étape de Lourantze at the halfway point is ideal for a refreshing stop, and also offers sleeping accommodation. The tour then continues along the right-hand shore of the lake, partly following the Sion bisse, to return to the dam, not far from the starting point.
Note for families with young children: the complete tour of the lake does not allow you to use a pushchair. However, a return trip along the right bank of the lake (i.e. along the bisse de Sion, which leaves from the left of the dam) can be considered with a pushchair.
How to get there:
Reach the Tseuzier Dam by private vehicle or take advantage of the shuttle bus available between July and October, according to the days and hours of operation available here. Take advantage of the free ride with your Anzère Liberté Pass.
Length: 4.9 km
Duration: 1.25 hours
Ascent and descent: + 172 m / -172 m