Les Haudères

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Les Haudères
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of ValaisCanton of Valais Valais (VS)
District : Hérensw
Municipal municipality : Evolènei2
Postal code : 1984
Coordinates : 605480  /  103452 coordinates: 46 ° 4 '57 "  N , 7 ° 30' 34"  O ; CH1903:  605480  /  103452
Height : 1454  m above sea level M.
Residents: 457 (December 31, 2013)
Les Haudères, valley of the Borgne de Ferpècle and Dent Blanche

Les Haudères, valley of the Borgne de Ferpècle and Dent Blanche

Les Haudères (Switzerland)
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Les Haudères with 457 inhabitants as of December 31, 2013 is a district of the municipality of Evolène in Val d'Hérens , a tributary valley of the Rhône in the French-speaking part of the Swiss canton of Valais .


Les Haudères is located at the confluence of the source brooks of the Borgne , that is, the Borgne de Ferpècle from the southeast and the Borgne d ' Arolla from the southwest. To the glacier worlds of the Ferpècle glacier on Dent Blanche ( 4357  m ) and Dent d'Hérens ( 4171  m ) and the Arolla glacier around Mont Collon ( 3637  m ) there is a distance of approx. 10 km, which is up to approx –2 km to their foothills can be overcome by car on mountain roads high above the side valleys . The place itself lies in the middle of alpine pastures and pine forests.

Les Haudères is the end point of the manners next main road 206 and is located on the post bus line Sitten- Evolène -Les Haudères.


The place, which traditionally lives from the alpine economy, is mentioned in the Middle Ages (1250 Oudeire , around 1280 Houdeyres ). As in the whole of Val d'Hérens, during the Little Ice Age, when the glaciers grow, the settlement can be expected to decline; the sources are rudimentary up to the 19th century. The place is on a historical pilgrim path from Zermatt over the glaciers to Sion , which is documented until 1666. In 1870 Antoine Forclaz built the first hotel. There was moderate tourism around the middle of the 20th century, although access via the narrow access road built in 1911 was still difficult. In the 21st century, Les Haudères is a popular holiday resort with numerous hotels, guest houses, holiday apartments, a campsite, small shops and café-restaurants.


Wooden chalet in Les Haudères
  • Christ-Roi Church, built in 1934 on the site of an older Katharinenkapelle, with a baroque altar from the 18th century.
  • Typical wooden chalets , individually designed with flowers and small gardens.
  • Local history museum with local agricultural implements, costumes and furniture.
  • Geological Documentation Center.
  • At village festivals (e.g. the craft market at the end of July / beginning of August) the historical costumes of the Valais are shown.

Alpinism and sport

La Forclaz, valley of the Borgne de Ferpècle, Dent Blanche with Ferpècle glacier

Due to its proximity to the glacier worlds of the four-thousand-meter peaks in the Swiss-Italian border area, Les Haudères is an important starting point for ascents and climbing tours in summer. There is a climbing school, mountain bike trails, fishing and tennis.

Easier hiking trails are laid out in the area of ​​the Borgne and the surrounding alpine pastures. To the left of the Borgne towards Evolène , the alpine meadows and shepherd stations of Couta, Crêtta, Grandpra, Getty and Arbey are integrated. To the right of the Borgne, paths lead to the high altitude village of La Forclaz at 1700  m with a few holiday apartments in the middle of the historic wooden chalet structure, to the neighboring towns of La Sage and Villa, to the Alps Bréonna, Motau, Zaté and Prélet.

In winter, skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and ice climbing are on offer. In the upper Val d'Hérens there are approx. 100 km of ski slopes, 35 km of cross-country skiing slopes, ice skating rinks, ice waterfalls, guided ski tours and snow hikes. La Forclaz is a popular starting point because it is closer to the winter sports areas than the valley town.


  • Pierre Crettaz: Evolène et ses villages, sans perdre la mémoire . Éditions à la Carte, Sierre 2004, ISBN 2-88464-534-9
    The author, born in 1930, describes the structural changes in the upper Val d'Hérens that occurred in the second half of the 20th century as a result of tourism.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. La commune d'Evolène en ligne: Population. (No longer available online.) In: commune-evolene.ch. Archived from the original on October 28, 2014 ; Retrieved April 4, 2014 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.commune-evolene.ch
  2. Schweizer Kursbuch: 12.381 , 2015/16, accessed on October 26, 2015