Bisse des Sarrasins


This bisse dates from the fifteenth century. It is steeped in myth, notably surrounding the presence, or not, of the Saracens in the Alps. It is worth reading the excellent book by Joseph Henriet «  Nos ancêtres les Sarrasins des Alpes » which convincingly demystifies a number of these myths and legends.


Total length : Approximately 10 km.

Altitude : Pinsec 1290 m, Bisse takes water 970m, Vercorin 1320m.

Route time : Between 3 and 5 hours depending on ability.

Location :  Between Pinsec and Vercorin, to the left of the Navizence, in the Val d’Anniviers

Difficulty : This is a difficult walk with nearly 600 meters of vertical drop. Not suitable for those suffering from a fear of heights or for young children.

Ordinance Survey map 1 : 50'000 : no. 273 T Montana.

Best period : June to October.