Valais

Featured Hikes

View of the Matterhorn from the Holbalm Plateau
Hohbalm

Distance: 7.6 - 12.3 miles (Loop)

Magical views of the majestic Matterhorn along with a stunning panorama of the 4,000-meter peaks surrounding Zermatt make this our favorite hike in the area.

Panoramic view to the south near the Col Torrent
Col de Torrent: Les Hauderes to Lac de Moiry

Distance: 7.3 miles (One Way)

Hikers making the steep climb over the Col de Torrent from La Sage, Villaz to Lac Moriy are rewarded with splendid views of the high peaks and glaciers towering above the Val d’Herens, the Arolla Valley and the Val de Moiry.

Close-up of the head of the Turtmanntal (Turtmann Valley)
Zinal to Gruben via Forcletta Pass

Distance: 10.9 miles (One Way)

This scenic route between the Val d’ Anniviers and Gruben, crossing Forcletta Pass, features panoramic views of the high peaks towering above the head of the Zinal and Turtmann Valleys.

Close-up of the Weisshorn, Bishorn and Brunegghorn
Gruben to Jungen via Augstbord Pass

Distance: 8.2 miles (One Way)

One of my favorite hikes in the Valais is the steep, scenic climb over Augstbord Pass that leads to an overlook with stunning, panoramic views of the Bernese Alps and the high peaks surrounding the Mattertal (Matter Valley), home of Zermatt.

Mischabel panorama
Gspon to Kreuzboden (Gspon Hohenweg)

Distance: 8.6 miles (One Way)

Another of the Saas Valley’s great high walks, this scenic trail traversing high above the east side of the valley features wonderful panoramic views of the 13,000-ft/4,000-meter peaks of the Mischabel Range.

View of the peaks across the Saas Fee valley
Grachen to Saas Fee (Hohenweg Saas Fee)

Distance: 10.8 miles (One Way)

The Saas Fee Hohenweg is one of the great hikes in the Valais. The challenging trail follows a high route along the west side of the Saastal with stunning views of the peaks towering above the Saas Valley and the Bernese Alps to the north.

View of the head of the Zmutt Valley on the climb to Schonbielhutte
Schonbielhutte (Schonbiel Hut)

Distance: 13.7 miles (Round Trip)

Two great trails with terrific views of the Matterhorn from a variety of different perspectives, are combined to create a fantastic hike to Schonbiel Hut, sitting atop a scenic overlook at the head of the Zmutt Valley.

Monte Rosa, Lyskamm, Castor and Pollux from the Gornergrat viewpoint
Gornergrat Loop

Distance: 7.0 - 8.5 miles (Loop)

Great views accompany almost every step of this hike leading to Gornergrat, a glorious overlook with panoramic views of 20 peaks over 13,000-ft/4,000-meters high.

Looking up at the Matterhorn from the spot just above the hut
Hornlihutte (Hornli Hut)

Distance: 5.6 - 10.5 miles (Round Trip)

The short, steep hike to Hornlihutte offers a unique, up-close opportunity to experience the iconic Matterhorn from the base of the most popular climber’s route to the summit.

Mount Durand, Pointe de Zinal and Dent Blanche
Cabane du Grand Mountet

Distance: 12.2 - 14.1 miles (Round Trip)

Magnificent views of one of the most stunning glacial cirques in the Pennine Alps is the reward for hikers completing this long and very strenuous hike to the Cabane du Grand Mountet at the head of the Zinal Valley.

View down the Ofen valley on the climb to Jatzilicku
Mattmark to Heidbodme via Jazzilicku

Distance: 9.6 - 10.8 miles (One Way)

A scenic hike traversing two beautiful valleys connected by a challenging exposed trail traveling between the Jazzilucke and Antrona Passes on the Swiss-Italian border.

The Matterhorn and Dent Blanche bookend the cirque at the head of the Zmutt Valley
Oberrothorn

Distance: 3.8 - 8.3 miles (Round Trip)

The second highest hiking trail in Europe leads to the top of the Oberrothorn (11,200-ft/3,414-meters) with splendid 360-degree views of 38 peaks over 13,000-ft/4,000-meters.

View of the Moiry Glacier
Cabane de Moiry

Distance: 4.0 - 6.7 miles (One Way)

This short hike leads to the Moiry Hut with splendid bird’s-eye-views of the Moiry Glacier. Extend the hike with a scenic walk along the west side of the Lac de Moiry to the Moiry Barrage (dam) at the foot of the lake.

Weisshorn, Schalihorn and Zinalrothorn at the head of the valley
Cabane d’Arpitettaz

Distance: 12.6 miles (Round Trip)

The long and strenuous climb to the Cabane d’Apitettaz features wonderful views of the glacial cirque, dominated by the Weisshorn, Zinalrothorn, Moming massif and the Moming glacier, at the head of the Arpitetta valley.

View of the Allainhorn, Alphubel and the Fee Glacier from Hannig
Hannig to Saas Fee (Gemsweg Part 1)

Distance: 4.0 miles (One Way)

Few hikes in the Saas Fee area feature the scenic bang for the buck found along the path from Hannig to Saas Fee. A glacial lake, glistening waterfalls and ever changing views of the high peaks surrounding Saas Fee are a few of the highlights along this delightful trail.

The Region, the Hikes & the Base Camps

Located in the southwestern part of the country, the Valais is home to some of the most dramatic scenery in Switzerland. The high peaks of the Pennine Alps clad in sparkling glaciers tower above emerald green meadows, sprinkled with charming alpine village and, in some areas, world class resorts such as Zermatt and Saas Fee. Fifty peaks, including the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and the Dom, soar over 4,000-meter, more than any other region in the Alps. An intricate network of hiking trails, the most famous being the Hikers Haute Route, interlace the region creating endless opportunities for hikers to explore the high peaks, cross panoramic passes and travel through scenic alpine valleys.

Base Camp Information: Zermatt / Saas Fee / Gruben / Zinal / Les Hauderes / Arolla