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Môtiers: The Poëta-Raisse Gorges
distance 10.28km Vertical gain +527m Vertical drop -524m duration 4h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

Belchenflue mountain through the "Devil" gorges
distance 14.69km Vertical gain +798m Vertical drop -798m duration 6h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

Walking Tour d'AÏ ( Download : )
distance 9.73km Vertical gain +856m Vertical drop -854m duration 4h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point 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.

Walking Le Grammont ( Download : )
Le Grammont
distance 12.02km Vertical gain +1226m Vertical drop -1219m duration 6h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point 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.

Walking Tour de Mayen ( Download : )
Tour de Mayen
distance 13km Vertical gain +851m Vertical drop -849m duration 5h45 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point 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.

Walking La Grande Jumelle ( Download : )
La Grande Jumelle
distance 12.9km Vertical gain +1168m Vertical drop -1168m duration 6h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 12.47km Vertical gain +1302m Vertical drop -1271m duration 6h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Orsières - Valais

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

Walking Tête de Chalin ( Download : )
distance 12.66km Vertical gain +1128m Vertical drop -1123m duration 6h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 10.16km Vertical gain +1002m Vertical drop -582m duration 5h15 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Bagnes - Valais

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

distance 3.24km Vertical gain +798m Vertical drop -62m duration 2h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

Chemin de Bouquetins / des Bergers
distance 8.4km Vertical gain +118m Vertical drop -503m duration 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Orsières - Valais

This walk is a mixture of the Chemin de Bouquetins which coincides with the Sentier des Bergers in places. It takes advantage of the ski-lift in Fouly to save on the ascent but you can always walk uphill if you choose. These walks are both publicized by the tourist office and are well signposted.

Walking Raccard du Blé ( Download : )
Raccard du Blé
distance 8.09km Vertical gain +375m Vertical drop -378m duration 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Orsières - Valais

A circular walk in the lower part of the Swiss Val Ferret. One of the walks publicized by the tourist office and well signposted. There are information boards (in French) about the construction of traditional barns made from local stone and timber. Easy walking, navigation and some interesting information. The first section is on a quiet road.

Champex to Cabane d'Orny and return via La Breya summit and ski lift.
distance 12.64km Vertical gain +1567m Vertical drop -863m duration 7h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Orsières - Valais

A circular walk from Champex Lac; ascending the tranquil and beautiful Combe d'Orny and joining the path to the Cabane d'Orny where there are refreshments available. The descent is via the path back to the La Breya ski lift taking in an optional ascent of La Breya. (It is also possible to descend by foot via the Val d' Arpette or from the ski lift, similarly the walk can be shortened and height gain reduced by taking the ski lift up.)

Pointe d'Orny : out and return from the La Breya ski lift.
distance 13.44km Vertical gain +1180m Vertical drop -1177m duration 6h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Orsières - Valais

An ascent of an easy alpine peak starting from the La Breya ski lift and via the Orny and Trient mountain huts. Superb views over the Trient Plateau.

Petit and Grand Cols Ferret
distance 13.92km Vertical gain +927m Vertical drop -924m duration 6h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Orsières - Valais

A lovely circular walk taking in both of the Col Ferrets. Done the way described means that you will ascend the steeper sections and enjoy the easy descent following the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) path.

Walking Sentier du Bisse ( Download : )
Sentier du Bisse
distance 4.1km Vertical gain +153m Vertical drop -154m duration 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Orsières - Valais

A short and easy walk from Champex Lac, taking the well signposted and good paths beside the Bisse. These are the water channels made to control and route the flow of water for irrigation purposes. The path returns to Champex via part of the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) path.

Walking Riederhorn circular walk ( Download : )
Riederhorn circular walk
distance 12.73km Vertical gain +862m Vertical drop -854m duration 5h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bitsch - Valais

A circular walk from a small parking area on the road named Fure (Marked Fure on Swiss map 3324T) which is above Ried-Morel. It takes a higher path above the Massaweg towards Stausee Gibidum, climbs to the Villa Cassel and then the top of the Riederhorn. The descent is through the forest. A pleasant and interesting excursion.

Hangebrucke, Belalp, Stausee Gibidum and the Massaweg
distance 22.75km Vertical gain +1983m Vertical drop -1977m duration 11h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Riederalp - Valais

A Circular walk from Ried Morel (alternatively Morel or Riederalp) taking in an easy descent through woodland to glaciated rock scenery and the hanging bridge over the Massa which is the water flowing from the Aletsch Glacier. Then crossing peaceful alpine pastures to make the ascent up the steps to Hotel Belalp before dropping again on paths and roads to the dam at the end of Stausee Gibidum. The final section follows the scenic Massweg trail back to Reid Morel.

Bettmerhorn and back from Ried-Morel
distance 18.75km Vertical gain +1737m Vertical drop -1736m duration 9h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Riederalp - Valais

An out and back walk to the summit of the Bettmerhorn starting at Ried-Morel (or alternatively, Riederalp, Bettmeralp or Morel)

distance 18.33km Vertical gain +1568m Vertical drop -1374m duration 9h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 17km Vertical gain +1711m Vertical drop -1872m duration 8h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 10.29km Vertical gain +508m Vertical drop -1021m duration 4h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 22.61km Vertical gain +1453m Vertical drop -764m duration 9h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 16.78km Vertical gain +1206m Vertical drop -1167m duration 7h40 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 26.12km Vertical gain +2156m Vertical drop -1798m duration 12h35 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 20.57km Vertical gain +989m Vertical drop -1138m duration 8h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Oberems - Valais

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

distance 15.64km Vertical gain +1860m Vertical drop -1156m duration 8h55 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in St. Niklaus - Valais

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

distance 15.1km Vertical gain +856m Vertical drop -1997m duration 6h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Randa - Valais

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

distance 16.78km Vertical gain +1491m Vertical drop -822m duration 8h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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).

distance 15.56km Vertical gain +214m Vertical drop -1630m duration 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Zermatt - Valais

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

distance 19.76km Vertical gain +1315m Vertical drop -2289m duration 8h45 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 101.83km Vertical gain +8346m Vertical drop -8018m duration 7 days Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 14.13km Vertical gain +1030m Vertical drop -1201m duration 6h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Trient - Valais

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

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