Grand Dixence Dam1

Grand Dixence Dam


Grand Dixence Dam1Grand Dixence Dam is by far the most exciting, exhausting and beautiful hike that I have ever done. It is the tallest gravity dam in the world and is located just a few hours drive to the region of Valais (Sion).

DSC_0026It offers several hiking routes that can last up to a full day and finish off in a nearby mountain village.

DSC_0032The route I took, Les Dix, was only 4 hours, starting and ending at the same spot, beginning at 2,365m and reaching 2,804m. At one stage I felt my ears popping due to the fast ascend. During the hike up I saw amazing scenery, flowing streams and even a small melting glacier. Almost at the top there is a nice little cafe that serves great rosti, however make sure to have cash as they do not take cards!


Reaching the peak is a must for photos, the scenery is like from a post card, and the descent is by no means disappointing, towards the end of the hike you pass through a long dark tunnel under the mountain before reaching back to the starting point (after taking over 400 photos, my battery had died and I was not able to take a picture of it).

I hiked Grand Dixence Dam as part of my training to climb Mount Kiliminjaro in October – you can read about my training and my journey here:

By Mila Aleshina


About the Author

Originally from the UK, I have a legal background. I have been in the Geneva area since 2005 and love the mountains, the lake and the quality of life here. The Winter snow sports are fantastic and the Summer season is full of festivals, outdoor sports, picnics and barbecues. I have met some great people here from all of the world. Geneva is a cosmopolitan city with lots of cultural events and good restaurants and bars and I hope that through Biskotti I can share a few hidden places I have discovered…