Distance: 7.6 - 12.3 miles (Loop)
Our favorite hike in Zermatt features magical views of the majestic Matterhorn and stunning panoramas of the 4,000-meter peaks towering above the area.
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.
Distance: 9.7 miles (One Way)
Highlights of this scenic walk between St. Luc and Zinal include magnificent views of the high peaks and glaciers gracing the skyline at the head of the Zinal Valley along with panoramic views of the rugged summits towering above the Rhone and Anniviers valleys.
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.
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.
Distance: 8.6 miles (One Way)
The Gspon Hohenweg is another of the great high routes in the Saas Valley. 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.
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.
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.
Distance: 6.0 - 13.2 miles (Round Trip)
Two rivers of ice, surrounding by towering peaks, flow down the head of the Ferpecle Valley. This hike ascends the peaceful valley to stunning viewpoint at Bricola, a high alp overlooking this spectacle of rock and ice. Extend the hike to Les Manzettes for even better views.
Distance: 6.8 - 7.8 miles (One Way)
Meidpass features splendid views of the glacier clad peaks of the Turtmann Valley and the summits towering above the Rhone Valley along with distant, panoramic views of a sea of peaks, including the Grand Combin and Mont Blanc, rising to the southwest beyond the Val Anniviers.
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.
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.
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.
Distance: 9.3 miles (One Way)
A strenuous day hiking over the Col de Torrent followed by a climb to the Cabane de Moiry is rewarded with amazing views of the high peaks and dramatic glaciers in the Val d’Herens, the Val d’Arolla and the Val de Moiry.
Distance: 9.6 - 10.8 miles (One Way)
An great hike traversing two beautiful valleys connected by a challenging, exposed trail traveling between the Jazzilucke and Antrona passes on the Swiss-Italian border.
Distance: 5.6 - 7.3 miles (One Way)
The Matterhorn is the star of the show on this scenic hike starting at Schwarzee, a popular viewpoint atop the Matterhorn Plateau. Competing for your attention are splendid views of the high peaks rimming the Zmutt valley along with more distance views of the Findel and Monte Rosa areas.
Distance: 3.8 - 9.1 miles (Round Trip)
The second highest hiking trail in Switzerland leads to the summit of the Oberrothorn (11,200-ft.) with splendid, 360-degree views of 38 peaks over 13,000-ft. (4,000-meters).
Distance: 10.4 miles (Round Trip)
A lovely walk up a pretty valley leads to a remote and wild saddle on the Swiss-Italian border, offering a degree of solitude not found on many hikes around the Saas Fee area.
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.
Distance: 12.6 miles (Round Trip)
The long and strenuous climb to the Cabane d'Apitettaz features wonderful views of the glacial cirque at the head of the Arpitetta valley, dominated by the Weisshorn, Zinalrothorn, Moming massif and the Moming glacier.
Distance: 7.2 miles (Round Trip)
This beautiful trail with views of the Pigne d’Arolla, the peaks rising along the east side of the Arolla Valley, leads to a pass on a rugged ridge with fine views of the Glacier de Cheilon flowing down the Val des Dix, Mont Blanc de Cheilon and Le Pleureur.
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.
Distance: 7.5 - 9.9 miles (One Way)
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.
Distance: 8.2 miles (Loop)
This steep hike leads to Roc de la Vache, a panoramic overlook high above the east side of Zinal Valley.
Distance: 3.9 miles (One Way)
Great views of the Mischabel peaks towering above Saas Fee and the Saas Valley are the highlights of this short trail descending from Plattjen to Saas Fee along the Gemsweg.
Distance: 10.4 miles (Round Trip)
This trail starts at the scenic overlook at Heidbodme, with panoramic views of the peaks towering above the Saastal. The path then travels on a high route along the eastern slopes of the Furggtal to Antrona Pass, a remote and wild saddle on the Swiss-Italian border.
Distance: 2.7 - 6.4 miles (Loop)
Two lofty overlooks offer impressive bird’s-eye views of the glacial cirque surrounding Saas Fee, the Hohblam Glacier and the Fletschorn-Weissmies group. The return to Saas Fee features views of the Bider Glacier and a walk through a pretty forest.
Distance: 6.0 - 6.3 miles (One Way)
This scenic walk, with panoramic views of the Mischabel Range, traverses high above the east side of the Saas Valley before entering the beautiful Almageller Valley. End the hike by descending to Saas Almagell or take the challenging Adventure Trail to Furggstalden.
Distance: 7.8 - 8.6 miles (Round Trip)
This delightful hike leads to an overlook with front row seats to the amazing spectacle of massive rivers of ice flowing down the flanks of 4,000-meter peaks, joining with the Gorner Glacier to form the second largest glacial system in the Alps.
Distance: 4.5 miles (Round Trip)
This lovely hike climbs steeply up the beautiful Trift Gorge beside a cascading stream, traveling through lovely wildflower-filled meadows to the basin at head of the gorge surrounded by a gorgeous cirque of rugged peaks adorn glaciers.
Distance: 5.8 miles (Loop)
Pretty meadows, larch forests and nice views of the Matterhorn make this trail a good option for families and hikers looking for a good half day walk.
Distance: 5.4 - 8.3 miles (Round Trip)
This moderately-easy trail leads to a peaceful overlook with wonderful views of the Findel Glacier flowing down the slopes of the Cima di Jazzi. Along the way hikers enjoy splendid views of the Matterhorn.
Distance: 7.2 miles (Round Trip)
This scenic trail up the beautiful Montagne d’Arolla valley heads to the Pas de Chevres on a rugged ridge with views of the Glacier de Cheilon flowing down the Val des Dix, Mont Blanc de Cheilon, Le Pleureur and the peaks rising along the east side of the Arolla Valley.
Distance: 5.6 - 8.9 miles (One Way)
This hike climbs through a ski area to the Col de Sorebois, with great views of the peaks towering above the Zinal, Moiry and Arolla valleys. From the pass the trail travels above the east side of the Lac de Moiry to the Moiry Glacier.
Distance: 6.6 - 8.0 miles (Round Trip)
This trail offers a good perspective of the Zinal Valley, ascending through forests and meadows before climbing the slopes of an old moraine to the Cabane du Peitit Mountet. The hut features fine views of the Zinal Glacier and the ice-clad peaks rimming the upper Zinal Valley.
Distance: 3.6 - 3.8 miles (Loop)
The pleasant Valley Loop hike, starting in the center of Zinal, travels on a wide path along the west side of the Navisence River, crosses two bridges and then returns to via the east side of the river. This is a great walk for families with small children and a good option on a rainy day.
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.