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Day hike around Lac de Derborence in Valais, Switzerland

Lac de Derborence
Day hike around Lac de Derborence in Valais, Switzerland

Sarah, an UIMLA certified Mountain Leader, takes on this day hike around the beautiful Lac de Derborence area. Discover the unique stories and legends of this stunning place in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.



1 Day

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct




  • Go hiking on an area of stunning natural beauty
  • Enjoy the view of the beautiful Lac de Derborence, formed after a landslide
  • Discover a pristine forest with unique flora and fauna


I invite you to join me on a day hike around a magical setting, the  Lac de Derborence, one of my favorite places in the region. There are many stories to tell and wonders to discover in this area of pristine beauty!

The Lac de Derborence is a mountain lake in the canton of Valais, located near the Derborence hamlet, formed after two immense landslides at the Diablerets, in 1714 and 1749. Thousands of tons of rocks came crashing down, blocking the course of the Derbonne river, forming a natural barrier which was gradually filled with water, resulting in the creation of the lake.

A beautiful virgin forest with a unique flora grew on the rock debris, due to a particular micro climate. The appearance of a lake altered the natural balance, but created a new enchanting site.

The forest is now a protected area, with pines, spruce, larches, beeches and willows. The valley also boasts an exceptionally rich fauna. It is the natural habitat for chamois, ibex, marmots and hares, and it is also home to several bird species.

The landslide was a source of inspiration for Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz,  a Vaudois author who wrote the novel “Derborence”, published in 1934.

If you’d like to discover the magic of Derborence and its unique legends, just send me a request. We will spend a great day hike in this beautiful region in Valais.

You can also take a look at this hiking programs that I lead in Sentier de Chamois or in theMauvoisin Lake.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

About the guide

I am a certified hiking leader and I live in Verbier. My passion is the mountain and all activities related to it. I specially like all kind of tours: Tour du Val de Bagnes, Tour des Dents du Midi, Tour du Bec de Rosses, Tour des Combins, Tour du Mont Blanc, etc… I also like the one-day trips to discover magical places such as the Réchy Valley, Derborence or marsh of Champex.
Active in mountain ski and trail, I also propose you to discover the trail and recognition courses: Trail of Verbier Saint Bernard, Trail of Dents du Midi, OCC, Trail of Pierre A. Voir, and others too. The training is associated to an approach to the nature and environment.
And of course our english speaking friends are more than welcome! Walking, trail running, snowshoeing? I organise everything for you. Day tours or over several days. Feel free to contact me!


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What people are saying about Sarah Kleinknecht



August, 2015

Super randonnée en famille avec Sarah, une accompagnatrice extra, ayant mille tours dans son sac pour motiver et amuser les plus jeunes. En plus de l’excellente ambiance, nous avons eu la chance de voir des paysages magnifiques sur le Valais. Et puis quel plaisir de passer une nuit en refuge avec ses enfants. Merci Sarah, nous reviendrons !




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