Valais

Featured Hikes

View of the Matterhorn from the Holbalm Plateau

Hohbalm

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.

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.

Looking toward the Zinal Valley

St. Luc to Zinal

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.

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)

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.

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.

Ferpecle Glacier

Bricola

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.

Close-up of the Bishorn and Weisshorn from Meidpass

St. Luc / Hotel Weisshorn to Gruben via Meidpass

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.

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.

Moiry Glacier, Grand Cornier and Dent Blanche

Col Torrent: Les Hauderes to Cabane de Moiry

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.

View down the Ofen valley on the climb to Jatzilucke

Mattmark to Heidbodme via Jazzilucke

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.

The north face of the Matterhorn and the Matterhorn Glacier

Schwarzee to Zermatt

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.

The Matterhorn and Dent Blanche at the head of the Zmutt Valley

Oberrothorn

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).

Beautiful meadows along the trail

Antrona Pass via Furggstalden

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.

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 at the head of the Arpitetta valley, dominated by the Weisshorn, Zinalrothorn, Moming massif and the Moming glacier.

Mont Blanc de Chelion rising above a river of ice flowing down the Val des Dix

Col de Riedmatten

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.

View 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.

Close-up of the Zinalrothorn

Cabane de Moiry to Zinal via Col de Sorebois

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.

Besso, Pointe de Zinal, Dent Blanche, Grand Cornier and Pigne de la Le from Roc de la Vache

Roc de la Vache

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.

13,000-ft. peaks rising to the west of Saas Fee

Plattjen to Saas Fee (Gemsweg Part 2)

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.

View of the Strahlhorn, Rimpfischhorn, Allalinhorn, Alphubel, Taschhorn and Dom

Antrona Pass via Heidbodme

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.

The Hohbalm Glacier

Mellig, Gibidum and the Bider Glacier

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.

Great views of the Saas Fee Valley

Kreuzboden to Saas Almagell (Hohenweg Kreuzboden)

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.

Approaching the Gorner Glacier Viewpoint

Gorner Glacier Viewpoint

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.

View from the meadows just beyond the Hotel du Trift

Trift

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.

Close-up of the Matterhorn

Zmutt Loop

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.

View of the Findel glacier from the top of the moraine

Findel Glacier Viewpoint

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.

View of the peaks along the east side of the Arolla Valley

Pas de Chevres

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.

View of the peaks to the southeast from the Col de Sorebois

Sorebois to Lac de Moiry via Col de Sorebois

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.

Mont Durand, Ppinte de Zinal and the Zinal Glacier

Cabane du Petit Mountet

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.

View along the east side of the river

Zinal Valley Loop

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.

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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