Bisse of Trient
The Bisse of Trient is a bisse that flows from the Glacier bar (buvette du Glacier) under the Trient glacier carrying water from the Trient river to the Forclaz pass.
- 📍 Location: Trient (Col de la Forclaz)
- 🏆 Interest: ⭐⭐
- 📏 Course length: 6.5 km
- 🏞️ Length along the bisse: ?
- 🔁 Loop: ❌
- ⌛ Time: 2 h
- 🏗️ Construction: 1895
- 📐 Altitude difference: 99 m
- 🏔️ Min/max altitude: 1527/1582
- 💧 Water intake: Trient
- 👁️ View: Massif, glacier, village et rivière du Trient
- 📌 Curiosities: Buvette du glacier, histoire de l’extraction de la glace
The path starts from the Col de la Forclaz to reach the Glacier refreshment bar and back by the same path. The walk is practically flat and on a relatively easy path taking 1h30 for 6.5 km round trip.
The bisse of Trient is relatively recent compared to other Valais bisses since it was created in 1895 along the path that already existed to transport ice. The aim was to bring the water from the intake on the Trient at 1580 metres to the Col de la Forclaz in 1527 to irrigate the “Combe de Martigny”, which does not have a natural water supply.
The Torpille team displays below some images of the route along the bisse of Trient from the Col de la Forclaz to the “Glacier bar”.
An amazing story was the exploitation of the ice of the Trient Glacier from 1865 to 1900. The ice was extracted from the glacier not without risk by about thirty workers who slid the blocks on fir toboggans down to the level of the current refreshment bar. From there, the ice was placed in small wagons pulled by a horse to the Forclaz pass. Then, the ice was transported by carts to Martigny and finally by steam trains to the cities of Marseille, Paris or Lyon. Sawdust was used to protect the ice from premature melting.
The Glacier bar is located at the same level as the water intake of the bisse. Open in summer, it offers traditional Valais dishes such as cheese crust or dried meat dishes. Fondues and raclette must be booked in advance by using the phone number (079 635 96 44) or email ( firstname.lastname@example.org) of the refreshment bar.
The bar was completely destroyed by a winter avalanche in February 1978 and rebuilt in a very unsightly way in 1988 by the Diablerets section of the Swiss Alpine Club.
A video documentary on the Trient Bisse.
Webcam from the village of Trient below the path of the bisse.