Grand Dixence Dam
Grand 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).
The 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