START OF 6 STAGE OPTION : CRÊT DU MIDI TO CABANE DE MOIRY
26km 1611m+ / 1111m-
Bonus Peak: Becs de Bosson (3148m) 2km, 273m+/-
Starting at the top of the Crêt du Midi lift from Vercorin, this 6 stage option tackles a longer first stage to join the official route and end at Cabane de Moiry. After its separate start from Vercorin, the route combines the final kilometers of STAGE 3 with all of STAGE 4. From there, it follows the same itinerary as STAGES 5-9. See the map.
Getting started on the 6 Stage variation, ride the Vercorin - Crêt du Midi gondola. Quick kilometers on dirt road quickly change to trail. You'll merge with the the official Via Valais track on the climb to the Col de la Tsevalire before reaching Becs de Bosson.
A fast descent from the pastel landscape of the Becs de Bosson leads to the Lac de Lona. After a short climb, the coral, sage, and tan colors are left behind for the alpine grey and glacier setting of the Moiry Valley and the unreal blue of the narrow lake. The stage finishes with a climb along a moraine to reach the hut at 2825 meters.
- If you are starting on the 6 day Via Valais, you'll reach the Cabane des Becs de Bosson right about the time a rösti is sounding good. Enjoy!
- The huts provide dinner and breakfast. You can also purchase a sack lunch and snacks from the hut.
Becs de Bosson (3148m) 2km, 273m+/-
A short scramble just behind the hut. Grade: T5
Coming from Crêt du Midi, the 6 Stage option passes over high plateaus before joining the climb to Becs de Bosson.
Heading out from Becs de Bosson near the Pas de Lona along sweet single track.
Passing the clear Lac de Lona before the uphill to Basset de Lona.
A long descent to Lac de Moiry before running up into the alpine landscape in the top left of the image.
Up the moraine to the Cabane de Moiry, just visible above the runner on the skyline.
Evidence of the glaciers melting is very evident on the way to the Cab. de Moiry where warm tones, grassy pastures, and blue water of Lac de Moiry are left behind for grey rocks.
The Moiry hut is warm and cozy, but you'll want to turn in early for the pre-dawn start to the best of all bonus peaks, the Pigne de la Lé.