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Avençon Gorges

Follow the flow of the water

Follow the flow of the water of the gorges of Avançon, which runs between the trees of our green forests. You will enjoy hiking along a shaded trail which takes you to the

Valley of Nant and its protected nature reserve.

To cool down, dip your hand into the crystal waters of the river.
RUNNING FROM THE SPRING

RUNNING FROM THE SPRING

The Avançon in Nant has its source in the Valley of Nant at the foot of the Martinets Glacier.

The river goes down towards Pont de Nant and runs through Plans-sur-Bex then Frenières, where it meets the waters of Ivouette. Converging with the waters of the Avançon in Anzeindaz, the river runs through the town of Bex then continues on to the Rhône. 
 

Ambience

Fish for trout at the edge of the watercourse. 

Enjoy the peace and quiet of the forest and the coolness it offers.  

After hiking, you can take a break at the inn in Pont de Nant. 

Take a walk in the botanical garden of La Thomasia with its 3,000 species of plants. 
 
TAKE A WALK ALONG THE AVANÇON GORGES

TAKE A WALK ALONG THE AVANÇON GORGES

An ideal walk when the sun is beating down. Find coolness alongside the torrent of the Avançon, which shapes the rocks and has carved out spectacular gorges.

There are two variants on offer: 
- Variant 1 (1 hour and 55 minutes): from Frenières-sur-Bex to Pont de Nant. You are sure to enjoy an adrenaline rush when crossing the suspension bridge above the gorges. 
 - Variant 2 (45 minutes): ideal for families, this shorter variant starts at Plans-sur-Bex and finishes at Pont de Nant. 

 

PONT DE NANT NATURE RESERVE

PONT DE NANT NATURE RESERVE

At the top of the Valley of Nant is the Martinets Glacier. It goes down lower than 2,300 metres, an altitude where glaciers do not usually exist, and this one must have survived due to its elongated position in the shade of the rocky faces 400 metres high. It therefore remains continually shaded from the sun.

Water is everywhere in the valley, not only in the glacier and its torrents, but also in the luxurious vegetation which inhabits these protected places.
When walking through the valley, you will notice the abundance of the flora and its ability to colonise in the diversity of the environment, the legacies of geology, the glaciers and the streams.

 
LA THOMASIA, BOTANICAL GARDEN ON THE MOUNTAIN

LA THOMASIA, BOTANICAL GARDEN ON THE MOUNTAIN

Located at an altitude of 1,260 metres, the botanical garden of La Thomasia, founded by the Thomas family in 1891, is dedicated to the knowledge and safeguarding of mountain plants.
The botanical garden has around 3,000 mountain plants, classified according to their geographical origin. The flowers of the Alps are side by side with those of the Himalayas, the Rocky Mountains, the Caucasus, the Andes, the mountains of Japan and New Zealand, the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and the Arctic regions.

La Thomasia is one of two botanical gardens of the Cantonal Museum of Vaud and is a scientific garden.


 
 

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