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    Grand Bisse de Lens Hike

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    8.8 km
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    23 m
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    Grand Bisse de Lens Hike

    The Grand Bisse de Lens Hike is a wonderful outdoor adventure in Crans Montana that links the villages of Icogne and Chermignon-d'en-Bas (or the other way round). Hikers will walk around the Châtelard hill, crowned by the Christ-Roi statue, while enjoying impressive glances of the Rhone Valley. All hikers should take note that some parts are vertiginous and might not be suitable for all.

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    Route Description for Grand Bisse de Lens Hike

    The Grand Bisse de Lens Hike is an amazing adventure, as it highlights an important element of local and cultural history in the Crans-Montana region. Like all Valaisan bisses, for centuries it helped irrigate vines and other crops which served to feed the inhabitants of Valais.

    Setting out from the starting point in Icogne, you will follow along the bisse and enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding landscape and villages. Passing below the Statue du Christ-Roi, the trail will bend to the northeast and lead you into Chermignon-d'en-Bas, where you can either find a ride back to the starting point or backtrack along the trail.

    Getting to the Grand Bisse de Lens Hike Trailhead

    To get to Icogne by car, take the exit of the A9 motorway (Rhône motorway) called "Sion Est". Right after the motorway exit, at the roundabout, take the third exit and follow the signposts indicating Ayent/Savièse. At the second roundabout, take the second exit still following the signs for Ayent/Savièse, and the second exit at the third roundabout before the tunnel. At the roundabout after the tunnel, take the first exit on the right towards Champlan/Ayent.

    You pass through the villages of Champlan/Grimisuat/Botyre (Ayent). In the village of Botyre/Ayent, follow the signs to Crans-Montana and follow the road for about 5.0 km to Icogne.

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