Ayer walks

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Walks around Ayer

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 5.81km Vertical gain +1100m Vertical drop -221m duration 4h15 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Bionaz - Province de Aosta

Stage starting in pasture which quickly heads into the high mountains passing through the Valcornera pass.

distance 19.33km Vertical gain +1570m Vertical drop -1422m duration 9h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Valtournenche - Province de Aosta

Discover the giant that resides here, the splendid Matterhorn itself, before getting a closer look in the evening at the Gandeg cabin.

Walking The Matterhorn Tour ( Download : PDF )
distance 157.19km Vertical gain +11614m Vertical drop -11563m duration 10 days Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Bionaz - Province de Aosta

Undertaken over 10 days, this circuit around the Matterhorn is outstanding. Each day it takes you over the 4000 m peaks of this alpine range. As it is located in 2 countries, Italy and Switzerland, it also brings you into contact with three European languages: Italian, German and also French in Valais in Switzerland.

distance 4.46km Vertical gain +184m Vertical drop -134m duration 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bionaz - Province de Aosta

Warm-up walk to reach the Prarayer refuge along the right bank of the lake.

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 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 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.