In order to divert the flow of water from streams to their fields, the inhabitants of Valais developed an ingenuous irrigation system generations and generations ago – the so-called Suonen. Today, these wooden channels, some of which run in dizzying heights and along exposed spots, are no longer needed in Valais thanks to modern irrigation systems, but fields in Nepal are still watered using similar canal systems to this day. With the help of information boards, the topic path shows similarities of the two irrigation systems and provides an interesting insight into the history, importance, construction and the expensive maintenance of the Suonen-systems. Along this path of medium difficulty, which takes you along the well-preserved Suone Riederi through the Massa Gorge, you also learn that customs and myths are associated with the Suonen.
From Blatten, which is easily accessible by post car from Brig, the trail leads upwards through the village towards the Rischenerwald and on to the Gebidembrücke. On the other side of the valley, you follow the trail past Gragg out of the valley in the direction of the Massa Gorge and the Massaweg. The Massaweg was carved deep into the rock high above the bottom of the gorge and repeatedly offers breathtaking views over the Rhône valley and the Valais Alps. High above the bottom of the gorge you walk along the Suone Riederi, an irrigation channel built by the inhabitants of Valais that was first mentioned in 1385, through Rieschwald and Roti Flue towards Ried-Mörel. The well-restored Suone and the information boards along the topic path provide an effective illustration of the old irrigations systems of the inhabitants of Valais. As an alternative, the topic path that is open to hikers in almost any weather between mid April and the end of October can also be covered starting in Ried-Mörel and ending in Blatten.
Key figures for the last 12 months (since Oktober 2015)
List view (without GEO map) of the tour together with other tours
Tour detail views
View of the detailed tour information (e.g. this page)
References to the tour sheet
Mobile look ups
With the GPS-Tracks app for iPhone or Android
Compared with all other Topic paths in the Wallis region
Tour history (U00163)
First published: Montag, 10. August 2015
Last updated: Mittwoch, 30. Dezember 2015
Tour published by: