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Môtiers: The Poëta-Raisse Gorges
Distance10.28km Vertical gain+527m Vertical drop-524m Duration4h10 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Môtiers - Canton of Neuchâtel

Rousseau once wrote «I have, opposite my windows, a beautiful waterfall which from the mountain top, plunges from a rocky escarpment into the valley, with a sound heard for miles around, especially when waters are high». From waterfall to waterfall, alongside these impressively steep gorges which once inspired fear (poëta from the latin putidus meaning "altered, fetid"), this trail will lead you through a delightful hike through rocks and water.

Distance9.73km Vertical gain+856m Vertical drop-854m Duration4h50 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Leysin - Vaud

The Tours d'Aï and Mayen are twin peaks visible from afar. The Tour d'AÏ is slightly higher than its neighbour, and also visited more frequently. It's a progressive climb which offers an aerial tour at the very end. Amazing views of Lac Léman, le Chablais, les Dents du Midi and the Mont Blanc massif from the summit.

Tour de Mayen
Distance13km Vertical gain+851m Vertical drop-849m Duration5h45 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Leysin - Vaud

The Tours d'Aï and Mayen are twin peaks visible from afar. The Tour de Mayen is slightly lower than its neighbour, not as busy and provides a more wilderness setting. The climb is progressive with two stages, the Chalets de Mayen and Segray Lake. Just beneath the summit, a very clear view of Lac Léman, les Diablerets, le Chablais, les dents du Midi and the Mont Blanc Massif.

Belchenflue mountain through the "Devil" gorges
Distance14.69km Vertical gain+798m Vertical drop-798m Duration6h05 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Hägendorf - Canton of Solothurn

The Swiss Jura Belchen, the Alsatian Belchen (Ballon d'Alsace) and the Black Forest Belchen all form the peaks of a right-angle triangle, mystical sunrise observation point dating back to Celtic times (Belchen comes from "Belenus" the celtic god of sun). You'll gain access to this exceptional viewpoint through the "Devil's" gorges lined with steep walls, waterfalls, caves and caverns. The way back, along the "military path" is full of vestiges and ends with typical Jura landscapes.

La Grande Jumelle
Distance12.9km Vertical gain+1168m Vertical drop-1168m Duration6h30 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Vouvry - Valais

A not too busy hike up to a summit offering a vast panoramic view. A relatively challenging route with some aerial passages requesting a certain sense of itinerary at times. The beginning of the hikes passes through Tanay site and its lake.

6th stage of the TMB Tour du Mont Blanc
Distance12.47km Vertical gain+1302m Vertical drop-1271m Duration6h40 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Orsières - Valais

6th stage of the Mont Blanc tour: from the Relais d'Arpette to the Forclaz Pass via la Fenêtre d'Arpette.

Le Grammont
Distance12.02km Vertical gain+1226m Vertical drop-1219m Duration6h20 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Vouvry - Valais

Passing through Tanay preserved site, and its lake, you'll climb to the summit offering a unique view point over Lac Léman and a panoramic view over the surrounding mountains.
A busy hiking trail with steep slopes but without any technical difficulty.
N.B. The calculated height difference is over estimated, it's actually closer to 1000 metres.

Distance14.13km Vertical gain+1030m Vertical drop-1201m Duration6h30 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Trient - Valais

7th stage of the TMB: from Forclaz pass to Montroc

Valais Day 7: Grachen - Saas-Fee
Distance18.33km Vertical gain+1568m Vertical drop-1374m Duration9h00 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Grächen - Valais

So here's the last stage of this itinarary and what a stage! A delightful climb reaching Hannigalp to find the well-known balcony trail overlooking the valley leading to Saas Fee.

Valais day 6: Gruben - Grachen
Distance17km Vertical gain+1711m Vertical drop-1872m Duration8h55 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Oberems - Valais

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.

Valais Day 5: Bella Tola hut - Gruben
Distance10.29km Vertical gain+508m Vertical drop-1021m Duration4h10 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saint Luc - Valais

First phase in the Saint-Luc skiing area before heading along the Tour de Cervin trail and completing the stage at Gruben.

Valais Day 4: Refuge de la Sage - Cabane Bella Tola (La Sage Lodge - Bella Tola Hut)
Distance22.61km Vertical gain+1453m Vertical drop-764m Duration9h55 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Evolène - Valais

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.

Tour du cervin day 10: Arolla - Refuge de Prarayer (Prarayer Shelter)
Distance16.78km Vertical gain+1206m Vertical drop-1167m Duration7h40 Very difficult Very difficult
DepartureDeparture in Evolène - Valais

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.

Tour du Cervin day 9: Villa Evolène (then Arolla)
Distance26.12km Vertical gain+2156m Vertical drop-1798m Duration12h35 Very difficult Very difficult
DepartureDeparture in Ayer - Valais

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.

Tour du Cervin day 8: Gruben - Saint Luc (then Zinal)
Distance20.57km Vertical gain+989m Vertical drop-1138m Duration8h15 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Oberems - Valais

The next stage to this mountain hike with a stop at Saint-Luc then a transfer by postbus to Zinal.

Tour du Cervin Day 7 : Saint Nicklaus - Gruben
Distance15.64km Vertical gain+1860m Vertical drop-1156m Duration8h55 Very difficult Very difficult
DepartureDeparture in St. Niklaus - Valais

Beautiful mountain stage going through a pass by the name of Augstbordpass.

Tour du Cervin Day 6: Europahutte - Gasenreid (then Saint Nicklaus)
Distance15.1km Vertical gain+856m Vertical drop-1997m Duration6h20 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Randa - Valais

A new balcony stage at the foot of high summits separating the Zermatt and Saas Fee valleys.

Distance12.66km Vertical gain+1128m Vertical drop-1123m Duration6h20 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Monthey - Valais

An uphill hike taking you to the foot of the Eastern Peak (Cime de l'Est), eastern peninsular of "les Dents du Midi", with mind-blowing mountain view points and a panoramic view extending towards the Vaudois Alps. A challenging itinerary with a short aerial path through ridges.

Tour du Cervin Day 4: Cabane Gandeg - Zermatt
Distance15.56km Vertical gain+214m Vertical drop-1630m Duration4h55 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Zermatt - Valais

A Tour du Cervin alternative today, visiting the north side of the colossal peak before reaching Zermatt.

Valais Day 3: Cabane de Prafleuri - Gîte de La Sage (Prafleuri Hut - La Sage Lodge)
Distance19.76km Vertical gain+1315m Vertical drop-2289m Duration8h45 Very difficult Very difficult
DepartureDeparture in Hérémence - Valais

An unusual stage today: it starts with a downhill hike before a long climb uphill, a second descent and a ski lift ride followed by a walk over flatland and a bus ride to the lodge.

Valais Day 2: Cabane de Louvie - Cabane de Prafleuri (Louvie Hut - Prafleuri Hut)
Distance10.16km Vertical gain+1002m Vertical drop-582m Duration5h15 Very difficult Very difficult
DepartureDeparture in Bagnes - Valais

Second stage of this hike crossing two passes, Louvie Pass and Prafleuri Pass, both snow-covered.

Trek from Fionay to Saas-Fee
Distance101.39km Vertical gain+8355m Vertical drop-7964m Duration7 days Very difficult Very difficult
DepartureDeparture in Bagnes - Valais

In the Swiss valley, this particularly pleasant hike allows you to explore the many 4000 m peaks that surround the route.

N.B. this route is outlined on Openmap which doesn't have the details of our fine IGN maps. Before being able to get your hands on a Swiss map, which are more precise, the route and GPS layouts will be handy for this pleasant trek.

Valais Day 1: Fionay - Cabane de Louvie (Louvie Hut)
Distance3.24km Vertical gain+798m Vertical drop-62m Duration2h50 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Bagnes - Valais

First stage of this trek linking Fionay village to Saas Fee. A pleasant stage reaching Louvie Hut (la Cabane de Louvie) built on the edge of Louvie Lake.

Tour du Cervin Jay 5: Zermatt - Europahutte
Distance16.78km Vertical gain+1491m Vertical drop-822m Duration8h20 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Zermatt - Valais

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).

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