This walk is part of the trek The Matterhorn Tour.
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.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Take the Sorebois cable car and start the hike at the upper train station :1::.
Once again, find the Tour du Cervin trail still waymarked white red white (Blanc Rouge Blanc, BRB) and up a pleasant hill, on and off trails and ski slopes you'll reach the first pass of the day, la Corne de Sorebois (1).
At the pass, catch a glimpse of Moiry Lake and its dam. Head down a windy trail towards the dam (2).
As soon as you reach the left bank, start your second climb, that of the "Col de Torrent" (Torrent pass). Cross the mountain pasture heading west leading to Lac des Autannes at high point 2686 (3) before heading up the last slopes of the pass. Once you reach the pass (4) a breath-taking view awaits of the surrounding areas.
Start the long hike down, cutting through agricultural tracks (5), (6) and reaching the Villa hamlet (7) in Evolène's most renowned town.
Then catch the bus that takes you to Arolla (8), and that's it for today.
D : mi 0 - alt. 5440ft
1 : mi 1.08 - alt. 7986ft
2 : mi 2.39 - alt. 9295ft
3 : mi 4.18 - alt. 7310ft
4 : mi 6.46 - alt. 8812ft
5 : mi 7.25 - alt. 9541ft
6 : mi 8.32 - alt. 8159ft
7 : mi 9.5 - alt. 6762ft
8 : mi 10.43 - alt. 5696ft
A : mi 16.23 - alt. 6614ft
At Moiry dam, opportunity to eat and drink at the dam restaurant.
It would be best to take the first cable car in Zinal as it's a long day.
The exact distance in kilometres is specified at (7) Villa in this stage of the hike as well.
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Zinal: here, the national alpine skiing teams start training as early as autumn, or at least as soon as the slopes are covered with snow.
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.
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.
The next stage to this mountain hike with a stop at Saint-Luc then a transfer by postbus to Zinal.
First phase in the Saint-Luc skiing area before heading along the Tour de Cervin trail and completing the stage at Gruben.
Beautiful mountain stage going through a pass by the name of Augstbordpass.
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).
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.
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