Dorénaz : Tichodrome

Dorénaz : Tichodrome


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Associated waypoints

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  • Swisstopo - 41 - Col du Pillon
  • Swisstopo - 272 - St-Maurice
  • Swisstopo - 1305 - Dent de Morcles



route_types: loop
durations: 1 day(s)

climbing_outdoor_type: multi

configuration: face

quality: medium


6b > 5cA0

    I    P1 


elevation_max: 650 m

height_diff_difficulties: 200 m

difficulties_height: 450 m




About 1km out of Dorenaz on the back road to Martigny, (E of the Rhone). Park next to a nature sign in its own little shelter and at the start of a signposted footpath after passing the two roadside crags of "Dalles du Vaudois", (excellent one pitch crack climb 5c), and "Graviere", (lots of quarry debris). The obvious S facing crag that rises up the hillside.

Approach 20 minutes

Do not take the signposted path but follow instead the path on the left which zig-zags steeply uphill before traversing left to the foot of the climbs between two trees.
The name is written on the rock at the start of the route.


L1 5c+ 45m A steep wall of good climbing to a good ledge. Awkward to find the best (easiest) line.
L2 5c 40m Crack, then a small overhang with good holds. Up then traverse rightwards to a bolt belay.
L3 5c Continue the traverse rightwards, then straight up before moving back left to the belay.
L4 5c
L5 6b (5c+ with 3 aid points) A short steep section with sparse holds. Good protection.


Descent on foot is recommended, but it is possible to abseil down the route.


  • The route is described as the easiest in the topo des frères Rémy, and is rated with a star as one of the best routes.
  • The route is a bit convoluted, taking the easiest line up a steep area of rock. It’s neighbour, "Agier", to the right is more direct.
  • A good introduction to the Gneiss in this area.
  • It is often windy in this part of the Rhone valley.
  • Autoroute noise.

Sensitive areas
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