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Chandolin, Valais, Switzerland

Hiking to Toûno Mountain

From Saint-Luc it looks undoable, but you can conquer this magnificent mountain and enjoy the spectacular sights.

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 13.6 miles / 22 km
Duration: Full day
 
Overview: In this guide we take you to the summit of "Le Toûno", with a height of 3017m a high mountain witch you will conquer.

The starting of this hike is at Chandolin, parking spots are in the center of the village. When you enter it, just before the tourist center turn right and park your car on the parking lot. The parking is not free, so please fill the meter.
If you rather do not want to start from Chandolin, a possible secondary starting point is at Saint-Luc where you can take the Funiculair to Tignousa. The Funiculaire is some kind of ski lift witch takes you directly to Tignousa.

From Chandolin we head into the direction of Tignousa along "Chemin difficile", a coal term for the path to Tignousa witch stands for difficult path. Not that it is difficult: small debris field and rocks to climb over but all are in good state and can be easily be passed.

Once you made it to Tignousa you already can see the Toûno mountain and from that point it doesn't look easy to climb, let's say unclimable.
Just above Tignousa lies the astronomical observatory, defiantly worth a visit. Check the dates and times on their website.

We keep following in the direction of "Le Toûno", just before Hotel Weisshorn we walk into "Tsa du Toûno", a deserted small valley on it's own and a paradise to walk through. Not much hikers pass through here so you can enjoy pure nature. From here we get to the backside of the Toûno mountain and finally you'll see that you can conquer this mountain. The climb itself is a bit steep but with the view you'll get on the summit, it's sure worth it. A bench awaits you there so you can relax immediately.

To return back to Chandolin we almost take the exact route back but we do a neat little sidewalk. Just before you reach the "Torrent des Moulins" we turn right so that we follow this small river and keep it on our left side. This side path is a really nice place.

With all those kilometers in your feet, you can make a stop at the Tignousa station before you set foot to Chandolin.


Tips: Hiking classification: T2 - Mountain hikes
Vertical ascent: 1273m
Vertical descent: 1290m

Long hike and bigger height difference, do take your time! The climb to the Toûno is a bit steep. All other paths clearly visible and easy with no particular difficulties. Try to reach the summit at noon and eat then.

Points of Interest

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Tignousa

The Tignousa station is in winter a ski station, in summer it's a nice place to stop for a drink or to have dinner. On the terrace you'll get an extra view over Saint-Luc and the valley of Val d'Anniviers.
The Tignousa Station is also the end of the Funiculaire ski lift witch is opened in summer. If you're planning to start from Saint-Luc instead of Chandolin to shorten the route, you can take this lift to get to Tignousa.
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Observatoire François-Xavier Bagnoud - OFXB, Saint-Luc (VS)

This is an astronomical observatory where you can serve the sun at certain days or go to an astronomical evening. Details and dates you'll find on the website of the observatory and at the tourist information center in Saint-Luc and Chandolin.

From Tignousa you can take an informative path along the planets of our solar system. The former planet Pluto stands at Hotel Weisshorn a big end further and along the path to the Toûno mountain you'll pass some of our other 8 planets.
Other Resources
http://www.ofxb.ch
Junction
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Junction - Attention

After this small building you must turn left, no roadsigns or markings here! A bit further you'll find the markings again.
Mountain
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Le Toûno - 3017m

Welcome on the summit of the Toûno mountain.
A bench awaits you on the summit so it's a perfect place to dine and enjoy the magnificent view.
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Junction - Attention

When returning from the Toûno mountain we turn right here so that we keep the water to our left (Torrent des Moulins). This path takes you to yet another really nice place.
Pictures in this guide taken by: unlivingsava
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unlivingsava
The Toûno mountain surprised me well, really great place to hike.
Visited on Aug 08, 2011

by unlivingsava on Sep 04, 2011

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