Lo Ditor pond
Lo Ditor: from the calcium springs to the prairies to the alpine forests.
A flooded plain crossed by numerous brooks and the Petit Monde stream – surrounded by wooded peaks, to the North, by a sheer rock wall – this is the Lo Ditor pond, located in the Chavacour valley in the municipality of Torgon at an altitude of about 1,900 meters above seal level.
It was included in the Natura 2000 network due to some extremely interesting habitats, mainly the calcium springs called “Cratoneurion”.
Lo Ditor also includes wet peat bog habitats (of alkaline transition) and others not directly tied to water such as the larch wood, the subalpine prairies and rocky environments.
The landscape is defined by amphitheatre forms, modelled by the ancient glacier that descended from the peaks of Punta Tzan and by the pastoral customs that defined the orderly alternation of prairies and woods.
It takes about one hour to reach the pond.
The site tour path, crossing 2,700 meters with a 160 gradient, is well marked and leads to the peak to provide a spectacular view of the “Lo Ditor” plain thanks to the panorama overlooking the pond. The path continues across the pastures in the valley above.
Completing the entire circuit takes forty five minutes: you should set aside double that time to read the illustrative panels and enjoy the sites’ beauty.
There is also a shorter circuit, walking around the southern edge of the pond, that provides a thorough view of its main aspects.
July and August, at peak bloom, are the best months to visit the park but fall, with its vibrant colours, is ideal if you want to discover the SIC (Site of Community Importance) and its surroundings.