Category Switzerland

Tour des Muverans [guest post]

After a long hiatus, guest posts are back with Mike’s account of this lesser known, but stunning trek in the Swiss Valais. Mike blogs about his hikes in the Valais and elsewhere on his blog A little bit out of focus. Many thanks Mike! ^marketa Like many European countries, Switzerland is criss-crossed with a number […]

Mountain flanks covered by patches of snow

10 treks in the Alps to inspire your summer holiday planning

If you are toying with the idea of giving long distance hiking in the Alps a go it will ultimately be difficult to decide where exactly to go and what trek to do. To help you ease into this I have collated 10 treks of different difficulty in this post. I hope it will be […]

Glacier de Moming

Hiking in the Valais

The Valais is a canton of Switzerland right in the heart of the Alps. With 27 peaks over 4,000 m including the Matterhorn (4,478 m), Jungfrau (4,158 m) and Switzerland’s highest mountain the Monte Rosa (4,634 m) and another 150 summits over 3,000 m it is a mountaineering and hiking paradise. Constantin likes to say that […]

A view down the Turtmanntal valley from Gruben to St Nicklaus

The walker’s Haute Route part 2: From Arolla to Zermatt [guest post]

The second guest post looking back at this summer is from Helen again. Helen and her husband Tom did the walker’s Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt this July. Having walked from Chamonix to Arolla in five days, Helen and Tom continued to finish the whole classic trek in just six more days. Once more, many thanks Helen! […]

Ascent to Fenetre Arpette from Trient - Glacier du Trient

The walker’s Haute Route part 1: From Chamonix to Arolla [guest post]

This autumn I am starting a new series of guest posts. They will be reports from trips done by the readers of the marmot post this summer. First up is Helen who did the walkers’ Haute Route together with her husband Tom this July. They walked from Chamonix to Zermatt in just 11 days and took […]

On a mountain ridge in the Valais

Look up, look down

In August I posted in the WP weekly photo challenges “Beneath my feet” and obviously also had a look at some of the other bloggers who posted that week. I came across Debbie, who runs her own weekly challenge called “Look up, look down“. While looking for shots for “beneath my feet”, I also found a […]

Three treks in the Valais that were not meant to be

Last year the planning of the by now traditional annual hiking trip ended up being a bit complicated. First, I wanted to tackle the Gran Paradiso, but no one wanted to join me. Then I had to get through three routes for a trek in the Valais, before finally settling on a fourth one. Although […]

An Haute Route menace: ladders at the Pas de Chèvre

The ladders set-up at the Pas de Chèvre (2, 855 m) are one of the tricky parts of the walkers’ Haute Route trek from Chamonix to Zermatt. Here are some photos of the new ladders, which I am told are a lot easier than the original set.

Cabane d'Arpitetta

Walking in the Valais: 6 days of meandering around the walker’s Haute Route

The Swiss canton of Valais is home to potentially the best known hut-to-hut trek in the Alps, the walker’s Haute Route. In August I spent six days in the Valais on a trek that meandered around the Haute Route. Sometimes we walked along the well known route, sometimes we skimmed just past it, and at […]

Zinalrothorn, Obergabelhorn, Dent Blanche

First impressions from an impromptu trek in the Swiss Valais

It was last Sunday morning 9:30 am, we were at the bus station in Sion, the bus to the Lac des Dix was leaving in 15 minutes and we finally had our route for a six day trek through the Swiss Valais. The trek was a little bit impromptu, but it was a good one.