Two rivers of ice, surrounding by towering peaks, flow down the head of the Ferpecle Valley. This hike ascends the peaceful valley to stunning viewpoint at Bricola, a high alp overlooking this spectacle of rock and ice. Extend the hike to Les Manzettes for even better views.
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- Distance: 10.0 miles (round trip) to Bricola
12.8 miles (round trip) to Les Manzettes
13.0 miles (round trip) to Les Hauderes
- Elevation: 5,670-ft. at Trailhead
7,923-ft. at Bricola
8,972-ft. at Les Manzettes
4,835-ft. at Les Hauderes
- Elevation Gain: 2,253-ft. to Bricola
3,162-ft. to Les Manzettes
-4,137-ft. to Les Hauderes
- Difficulty: strenuous
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Les Hauderes / Valais
Why Hike Bricola
This tranquil valley, off-the-beaten path, ascends to the beautiful meadows of the Bricola alp with dramatic views of the massive Ferpecle Glacier tumbling steeply down the valley beneath the cirque rimmed by Mont Mine, Tete Blanche, the Wandflehorn and Dent Blanche. Smaller glaciers cling to the slopes beneath Dent Blanche. To the west of Mont Mine, Dents de Bertol, Aiguille de la Tsa, Pointe de Genevis and Veisivi tower above the Mont Mine Glacier.
Along the way the trail travels through small alps and bucolic pastures before climbing steeply to Bricola. Fine views of the Ferpecle and Mont Mine glacial valleys accompany the hike.
Extend the hike by ascending to the terminal moraine along the north side of Les Manzettes glaciers for more stunning views of Dent Blanche and the high peaks towering above the Ferpecle glacier. On the return leg of the hike a short detour takes you to the head of the Mont Mine valley with more fine views of the rugged peaks towering above the Mont Mine glacier.
Post buses can be used to shorten the hike and reduce the elevation gain. The buses are infrequent and best used at the start of the hike. On the return leg, hikers should plan on walking back to Les Hauderes to avoid a long wait or miss the last bus of the day.
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