The starting point of the hike is at the ski station of Vercorin, this is a free parking area. From here you get two options, you can take the lift to Crêt du Midi or you'll hike to it. In this guide we'll do it on foot.
From the path to Crêt du Midi you'll get some nice views over Vercorin and the rest of the valley of Val d'Anniviers. The paths are big and once you'll get a bit higher it will get steeper on the ski slopes. But after a few hours of climbing you'll finally see the Crêt du Midi.
The Crêt du midi lies at a height of 2300m and on the border of Val d'Anniviers with Val de Réchy. You can already catch a glimpse of this valley from here. We do not enter the valley yet, first we have a mountain to conquer.
We set foot to La Brinta and Col de La Brinta, yet another 360m of climbing ahead. Along the path we cross Mont Major, a smaller mountain, before climbing on the hillside of La Brinta. The summit of La Brinta can not be climbed, unless with some extra materials, so the path lies just beneath it. From here it gets a bit more dangerous so be careful at this point. As you can see in the guide pictures some steep paths with chains and some smaller paths along the ridge awaits you. This part can be relatively easily crossed. Hereafter we finally reach Col de la Brinta, our gate to the Val de Réchy.
From the col you'll get an amazing view over the untamed valley and it's surrounding mountains. From the col we enter the valley in the direction of Le Pichioc. During this descent you'll keep getting an amazing view. Once you reached Le Pichioc, where also the small river La Réche tumbles down the valley, the view on L'Ar du Tsan is amazing.
Time to descent further down the valley along the waterfall of La Réche. The path is narrow and a bit steeper but do look back to the waterfall. It's really amazing.
Once you crossed La Réche it's time to dive into the forest before we reach a little cabane at the start of Chemin des Bisses. This last piece of the hike runs along the Bisse de Vercorin, a small irrigation way that provided water to Vercorin and to run the watermills. The irrigation way has been restored and is still functional. You'll keep following the bisse until you are back in Vercorin where the hike started.
Tips:Hiking classification: T3 – Challenging Mountain Hikes (between La Brinta and Col de la Brinta), all other paths T2 - Mountain hikes. Vertical ascent: 1380m Vertical descent: 1370m
It's a longer hike with a great height difference, be sure you'll start in time. Ideal resting place is after La Brinta at the col. Be a bit more careful after La Brinta where there are chains and small dangerous paths awaits you, steady shoes (B-type, BC type or C type shoes).
From here you'll take the path of the Bisse. A Bisse is a small irrigation channel that ran from La Réche to Vercorin. It was restored to it's (almost) original state so you'll get a good view on how the irrigation worked in the beginning of the 20th century.