Tag Archives: Valais
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
What I did last summer: Tour des Combins on the Swiss-Italian border
Ok, not last summer, but in summer 2010, I walked the six day circular trek around the Grand Combins massif in the Swiss Valais. I did the trip with a group of four other friends in August. We had a great time, even if the weather – particularly in the second half of the trip […]