Day 1 ST NIKLAUS - COL D'AUGSTBORD - GRUBEN
We meet with your guide in front of St Niklaus cable car station, to then ascend to Jungu (1955), a village known for its traditional farms. You start your hike crossing this picturesque village whilst enjoying the view of the Zermatt Valley. Climbing up to the Augstbordpass (2894m), you will wander through lush forests, woodlands and mountain pastures in a very mineral environment, before the path opens up onto rocky terrain. With a little luck, you will meet marmots and ibexes.
A downhill later, and here you are in the very typical and picture-perfect alpine hamlet of Gruben Meiden in the Turtmanntal valley, and stay overnight in a delightful swiss B&B.
6 to 7 hours, elev : + 1000 m, elev min : 1075 m, accomodation in bnb.
Day 2 GRUBEN - COL DE FORCLETTAZ - ZINAL
Wake up bright and early and climb to the Col de Forclettaz (2874 m). Do not forget to look around to enjoy the view of the Bishorn, this magnificent mountain that rises to 4153 m as well as the Turtmann Glacier. You walk along the Anniviers Valley and cross the Meidpass (2790m), and follow the nice downhill slope to Zinal, where you spend the night. If you’re a complete fan of locally brewed beer, Zinal has a number of craft beers worth having a sip (or pint) of, but make sure to stay reasonable, we have a long day tomorrow.
6 to 7 hours, elev : + 1100 m, elev min : 1300 m, accomodation in bnb.
Day 3 ZINAL - LAC DE MOIRY - LES HAUDERES - AROLLA
Hopefully, you don’t have a headache from drinking too much beer last night!
You start your day with a bus transfer to Lake Moiry, one of Switzerland’s biggest dams. From here you climb up to Col de Torrent (2916 m) where you will enjoy the view of the Dent Blanche (4357 m), the Grand Cornier (3962 m) and the Dent d'Herens (4171 m).
Descent to the small village of Haudères (1458 m) in the Val d'Arolla, then hop on a shuttle bus to Arolla to have a good rest.
6 to 7 hours, elev : + 600 m, elev min : 1300 m, accomodation in bnb.
Day 4 AROLLA - COL COLLON - PRARAYER
Today you will approach the high mountain through the crossing of the glacier Arolla. Accompanied by a mountain guide, you will advance safely. Enjoy the view of the 4000 m majestic and imposing peaks. Collon Pass (3087 m) marks the border between Switzerland and Italy: it is our first pass over 3000 m. You then go down to a mountain refuge run by a lovely local family. Have some well-deserved rest time before tomorrow’s climb.
7 to 8 hours, elev : + 1250 m, elev min : 1250 m, accomodation in mountain hut
Day 5 PRARAYER - COL DE VALCOURNERA - BREUIL CERVINIA
During the ascent to the Valcournera pass (3075 m), suck in the panoramic views of the dam and Lake Place Moulin, in the heart of Valpelline. Some passages are equipped with fixed ropes to help you climb. At the top, it is the lake of the Mont Dragon and the Grande Lago that will delight you. After leaving behind the Perucca hut (2909 m), you will climb up and overlook the Tsignanaz lake (2158 m), then descend to Perrères. A shuttle bus will take you to Breuil-Cervina.
7 to 8 hours, elev : + 1300 m, elev min : 1200 m, accomodation in bnb.
Day 6 BREUIL CERVINIA - THEODULPASS - ZERMATT
After a short cable car transfer to Testa Grigia, the Matterhorn guides refuge (3480 m) marks the highest point of your trek, and also the border between Italy and Switzerland. You descend on the Teodulo glacier with a mountain guide. You’ll be breath taken by the beautiful landscapes of high mountains in front of you, with the summit of Breithorn (4 165 m) and the majestic Matterhorn (4478 m) in all its glory. You will then make your way back to Zermatt, an authentic Swiss mountain village.
6 to 7 hours, elev : + 1500 m, elev min : 1900 m, accomodation in bnb.
Dates & prices
Departures for English-speaking groups:
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Trip code: ESUICER
- The technical organization of the stay
- Supervision by a mountain leader and a mountain guide for the passages on glaciers
- Accommodation in Lodges, inns and shelters.
- All half-board and picnics.
- Transfers foreseen in the normal course of the program: bus and ski lifts
- Luggage on J3 in Arolla (you will then find your luggage on arrival in Zermatt): 4 nights without luggage accompanied.
- Registration fees (18€ per person)
- Transfers to the rendezvous point and from the dispersal point (Zermatt / St Niklaus route for find the cars)
- Food supplies
- Insurance / assistance: search, rescue and repatriation costs in the Swiss and Italian territories.
- Drinks and personal expenses in the refuges: plan for Swiss francs.
Terms and conditions
- Cancellation up to 45 days before the agreed beginning of the trip: You will be charged 20 % of the travel's price, in addition with every non-refundable expenses for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)
- Cancellation between 44 and 15 days before the agreed beginning of the trip: You will be charged 50 % of the travel's price, in addition with every non-refundable expenses for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)
- Cancellation less than 14 days before the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 100 % of the travel's price, in addition with every non-refundable expenses for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)
Changes to travel contract
Budget & exchange
- Up to 90 days visit in Switzerland : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit Switzerland.
- Over 90 days visit in Switzerland : non-EU or non-EFTA citizens must have a visa to visit Switzerland over 90 days.
Health information & recommendations
- Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
- France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavors which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
- Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
- Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
- Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.