Cabane de Moiry to Zinal via Col de Sorebois

Distance: 7.5 - 9.9 miles (one way)

Valais, near Zinal in Valais

Close-up of the Zinalrothorn

Close-up of the Zinalrothorn


This hike, part of the Haute Route, also makes for a great point to point day hike with lovely views of the Zinal and Moiry Valleys along with dramatic up-close views of the Moiry Glacier. The hike can be walked in either direction and connects with post buses for a return to the starting point.
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  • Distance: 7.5 miles (one way) to Sorebois
  • Elevation: 9,268-ft. at Trailhead
    9,374-ft. at Sorebois
  • Elevation Gain: 1,574-ft. to Sorebois
  • Difficulty: moderate-strenuous
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Why Hike Cabane de Moiry to Zinal via Col de Sorebois

This pleasant hike, part of the Haute Route, descends from the Cabane de Moiry and then travels along a high route above the Lac de Moiry with fine views of the Moiry Valley. As you near the dam at the head of the lake the trail climbs steep switchbacks to the Col de Sorebois, a scenic crossing on the ridge separating the Val de Moiry from the Val de Zinal.

The pass enjoys stunning views of the glacier-clad Weisshorn, Zinalrothorn, Besso and Ober Gabelhorn soaring above the east side of Zinal. To west the high peaks towering above Grimentz and the Moiry Valley form the backdrop for distance views of the summits rising in the valleys to the southwest including, Bouquetins, Aiguille de la Tsa, Dents de Veisivi, Pigne d'Arolla, Mont Blanc de Cheillon, Grand Combin and Aiguilles Rouges d'Arolla.

Descend from the Col to the ski area at Sorebois where a gondola and trails descend to Zinal. Several escape routes permit hikers to take a bus to either Grimentz or Zinal if the weather takes a turn for the worse, making travel over the Col problematic.

This walk is part of the Haute Route. It also makes a great day hike, best walked in the opposite direction from Sorebois to the Cabane de Moiry with a return via post bus. Total mileage for the day hike is 9.3 miles, which includes either the climb to or descent from the Cabane de Moiry (depending on the direction of the hike).

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile for the hiking trail from the Cabane de Moiry to Zinal via Col de Sorebois

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