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Walks around Orsières

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.

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

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.

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 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 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 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 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.

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.

Walking Tête de Chalin ( Download : PDF )
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 11.55km Vertical gain +932m Vertical drop -127m duration 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Arvier - Province de Aosta

A Trek through Valgrisenche with a view over the large village dam.

distance 5.34km Vertical gain +902m Vertical drop -33m duration 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in La Thuile (Province de Aosta) - Province de Aosta

A trek across the Gran Paradiso passing through the 5 surrounding valleys.

distance 77.06km Vertical gain +6842m Vertical drop -6786m duration 7 days Average Average
Starting point Starting point in La Thuile (Province de Aosta) - Province de Aosta

It may not be true paradise but it certainly is heavenly. An exceptional group trek carried out in July 2011 which allows you to explore the Val D'aoste valleys ending with a balcony trail to Gran Paradiso summit.

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 13.32km Vertical gain +1145m Vertical drop -2069m duration 6h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in La Thuile (Province de Aosta) - Province de Aosta

A long and difficult stage due to the ascension of 2 passes.

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 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.

distance 11.4km Vertical gain +850m Vertical drop -842m duration 5h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Valgrisenche - Province de Aosta

Nestled at the foot of Tête du Ruitor and its glaciers, within a beautiful setting, Saint-Grat Lake is the highlight of any hike in its own right. Through the final twists and turns before the lake, the slope is smooth and the route straightforward. The next climb much steeper, leading to Refuge Adami gives you a stunning view point.

distance 6.16km Vertical gain +494m Vertical drop -1147m duration 2h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Valgrisenche - Province de Aosta

Fourth stage between Valgisenche and Val de Rheme.

Walking Lac du Vuert ( Download : PDF )
distance 13.71km Vertical gain +890m Vertical drop -881m duration 6h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Valgrisenche - Province de Aosta

A two part hike. First up the Doire de Valgrisenche, a steady slope offering a leafy, green landscape. From the refuge, the landscape becomes essentially mineral and the slope steeper all the way to Vuert's small perched lake. Stunning high mountain surroundings.

Walking Tour de Mayen ( Download : PDF )
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 Tour d'AÏ ( Download : PDF )
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.

distance 13.14km Vertical gain +1355m Vertical drop -1364m duration 7h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Rhemes-Notre-Dame - Province de Aosta

Another valley trek, the aim of today is Valsavarenche.

distance 14.01km Vertical gain +1738m Vertical drop -875m duration 8h10 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Valsavarenche - Province de Aosta

From Valsavaranche to Val de Cogne in the middle of a herd of chamois.

distance 13.4km Vertical gain +260m Vertical drop -1181m duration 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cogne - Province de Aosta

Spectacular view over Gran Paradiso.

Walking Le Grammont ( Download : PDF )
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 La Grande Jumelle ( Download : PDF )
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.

Walking The Curé passage ( Download : PDF )
distance 16.8km Vertical gain +848m Vertical drop -1234m duration 6h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Beaufort (Savoie) - 73 - Savoie

Lake Gittaz and the Curé passage.