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distance 2.77mi Vertical gain +604ft Vertical drop -440ft Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bionaz - Province de Aosta

Warm-up walk to reach the Prarayer refuge along the right bank of the lake.

Walking The Matterhorn Tour ( Download : )
distance 97.02mi Vertical gain +38143ft Vertical drop -37680ft Durée 10 days Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Bionaz - Province de Aosta

Undertaken over 10 days, this circuit around the Matterhorn is outstanding. Each day it takes you over the 4000 m peaks of this alpine range. As it is located in 2 countries, Italy and Switzerland, it also brings you into contact with three European languages: Italian, German and also French in Valais in Switzerland.

distance 3.61mi Vertical gain +3609ft Vertical drop -725ft Durée 4h50 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Bionaz - Province de Aosta

Stage starting in pasture which quickly heads into the high mountains passing through the Valcornera pass.

distance 12.01mi Vertical gain +5151ft Vertical drop -4665ft Durée 10h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Valtournenche - Province de Aosta

Discover the giant that resides here, the splendid Matterhorn itself, before getting a closer look in the evening at the Gandeg cabin.

distance 10.43mi Vertical gain +3957ft Vertical drop -3829ft Durée 8h15 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Evolène - Valais

A high mountain stage which requires hiking boots with crampons to cross the Arolla glacier. You should get an early start for this long stage of the hike.

distance 9.67mi Vertical gain +702ft Vertical drop -5348ft Durée 5h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Zermatt - Valais

A Tour du Cervin alternative today, visiting the north side of the colossal peak before reaching Zermatt.

distance 2.01mi Vertical gain +2618ft Vertical drop -203ft Durée 3h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bagnes - Valais

First stage of this trek linking Fionay village to Saas Fee. A pleasant stage reaching Louvie Hut (la Cabane de Louvie) built on the edge of Louvie Lake.

distance 63mi Vertical gain +27411ft Vertical drop -26129ft Durée 7 days Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Bagnes - Valais

In the Swiss valley, this particularly pleasant hike allows you to explore the many 4000 m peaks that surround the route.

N.B. this route is outlined on Openmap which doesn't have the details of our fine IGN maps. Before being able to get your hands on a Swiss map, which are more precise, the route and GPS layouts will be handy for this pleasant trek.

distance 12.28mi Vertical gain +4314ft Vertical drop -7510ft Durée 9h25 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Hérémence - Valais

An unusual stage today: it starts with a downhill hike before a long climb uphill, a second descent and a ski lift ride followed by a walk over flatland and a bus ride to the lodge.

distance 6.32mi Vertical gain +3287ft Vertical drop -1909ft Durée 5h45 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Bagnes - Valais

Second stage of this hike crossing two passes, Louvie Pass and Prafleuri Pass, both snow-covered.

distance 14.05mi Vertical gain +4767ft Vertical drop -2507ft Durée 10h35 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Evolène - Valais

A long climb to Torrent Pass before reaching Moiry Lake, then Saint-Luc by bus, Tignousa by cable car and finally Bella Tola by foot.
Think about correcting the distance indicated by points (5) et (6) : you need to deduct 10 km.

distance 10.43mi Vertical gain +4892ft Vertical drop -2697ft Durée 9h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Zermatt - Valais

An easy climb reaching part of Zermatt ski slopes, extending to an uphill-downhill balcony trail leading to the famous Europahutte (Hut).

Watch out: The Himalayan footbridge just before Europahutte is currently out of service. You'll need to head down to Randa valley along the second blue marked trail on the map before heading back up to the hut (allow for 2 extra hours).

Walking Lacs de Fenêtre ( Download : )
Lacs de Fenêtre
distance 7.72mi Vertical gain +3169ft Vertical drop -3173ft Durée 6h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Rhémy-En-Bosses - Province de Aosta

A superb circular walk crossing three cols and the border into Italy and back. There are amazing and changing views throughout. Recently upgraded with signage as a locally important route and marked as 210 on the Swiss side of the border, 103 or 13a on the Italian side.
Described here in a clockwise direction as the Col du Bastillon is better in ascent than descent.

distance 16.23mi Vertical gain +7073ft Vertical drop -5899ft Durée 13h35 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Ayer - Valais

A long stage through two passes however, shortened by the cable car link in Zinal and the coach transfer between Villa Evolène and Arolla.

Warning: Taking into account the cable car transport, the positive altitude isn't 2156 m as indicated but only 1380 m.

distance 9.38mi Vertical gain +2808ft Vertical drop -6552ft Durée 6h45 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Randa - Valais

A new balcony stage at the foot of high summits separating the Zermatt and Saas Fee valleys.

distance 12.78mi Vertical gain +3245ft Vertical drop -3734ft Durée 8h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Oberems - Valais

The next stage to this mountain hike with a stop at Saint-Luc then a transfer by postbus to Zinal.

distance 10.56mi Vertical gain +5614ft Vertical drop -6142ft Durée 9h45 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Oberems - Valais

Today's stage is divided into three: from Gruben to Jungu by foot, Jungu to Saint-Niklaus by cable car and Saint-Niklaus to Grachen by coach.

distance 9.72mi Vertical gain +6102ft Vertical drop -3793ft Durée 9h45 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in St. Niklaus - Valais

Beautiful mountain stage going through a pass by the name of Augstbordpass.

distance 11.39mi Vertical gain +5144ft Vertical drop -4508ft Durée 9h45 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Grächen - Valais

So here's the last stage of this itinarary and what a stage! A delightful climb reaching Hannigalp to find the well-known balcony trail overlooking the valley leading to Saas Fee.