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Zau Zoura, from the village to the mid-alpine pasture

Zau Zoura reveals the ecosystem between the village and the mid-alpine pasture, and the integration of human beings into this environment over time. This educational trail is suitable for everyone - children and adults, local residents and visitors alike.

Practical information

  • Season: Accessible from May to November
  • Duration: Around 4 hours / Shorter route (2½ hours) possible – see below.
  • Ascents/descents: +500 metres / –500 metres
  • Length: 6 km
  • Remarks: 16 information posts at intervals along the trail The route may be shortened by cutting through from post 7 back to post 11 --> Short version: approx. 2½ hrs / 3.5 km / ascent/descent: +300 metres / –300 metres
  • Look carefully, as posts 2 and 3 are below the path
  • *Option of shortening the walk by going directly from post 7 to post 11 (please note that the map inside the brochure is incorrect and shows the route being shortened at post 6)

Useful documents

Contact

Zau Zoura, from the village to the mid-alpine pasture
3961 Ayer
Zau Zoura /SD Ayer - Introduction : Ayer village
A combination of old, new and traditional buildings.
Zau Zoura /SD Ayer - Post n°1 : The Torrent
The Torrent du Moulin (mill stream) its source, its plant life and its village.
Zau Zoura /SD Ayer - Post n°2 : The Zau Edge
An edge or border is a transition area between forest and grassland.
Zau Zoura /SD Ayer - Post n°3 : Cupule stones
Cupule stones : a treasure that has been preserved for over 3500 years.
Zau Zoura /SD Ayer - Post n°4 : The Clearing
This small meadow is a particularly diversified station. At once sunny and warm in its center,...
Zau Zoura /SD Ayer - Post n°5 : Trees and Shrubs
This light penetrated forest enables trees and shrubs to grow.
Zau Zoura /SD Ayer - Post n°6 : Rocks
The heart of the Zau Zoura is nothing but screes, rocks and cliffs. In this hostile environment...
Zau Zoura /SD Ayer - Post n°7 : Avalanches
An avalanche came down here for the last time in February 1999 and ran beyond this road.
Zau Zoura /SD Ayer - Post n°8 : Transhumance
Anniviers farmers continue to pursue the practice of transhumance with their cattle.
Zau Zoura /SD Ayer - Post n°9 : The Mountains
The history of this landscape began a long time ago.
Zau Zoura /SD Ayer - Post n°10 : The mayen
The life of Anniviards and their animals was ruled by grass growth.
Zau Zoura /SD Ayer - Post n°11 : The protective role of the forest
93.05 % of Anniviers woodland, are protective forests.
Zau Zoura /SD Ayer - Post n°12 : Vivian windstorm
On February 21 and 22, 1990, the windstorm “Vivian” » overturned more than 80 % of trees on a...
Zau Zoura /SD Ayer - Post n°13 : The Gollyre Mines
These rocks conceal an ore which dyes glass blue and hardens steel.
Zau Zoura /SD Ayer - Post n°14 : The Moraine
How long could you withstand the noon sun on this slope on a July day?
Zau Zoura /SD Ayer - Post n°15 : Agriculture
To decipher the current landscape you need to understand the historical lifestyle of Anniviers...
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