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On mule tracks from Binntal to Italy

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On mule tracks from Binntal to Italy

Hiking Collection by komoot

8

Tours

43:40 h

64.8 mi

21,400 ft

Crossing the gravel field, you enter the magical world of the high mountains. You left behind the sounds of cars, people and even cowbells several hours ago. Apart from the wind whistling down from the pass, a peaceful silence surrounds you. With newly gained energy you continue to hike over large boulders and gravel paths until—after one last climb—you're on the pass. On one side, you can see the path you have taken. On the other side, you can see Italy.

South of the famous Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps, lies the small Binn Valley. Away from the hustle and bustle of the Aletscharena, the Bernese Alps or the Matterhorn, this small valley offers peaceful mountain worlds and picturesque villages from another era. This multi-day circular hike takes you through the Binn Valley, across the Italian border to the Alpe Devoro Nature Park and back via the Lengtal. On a distance of around 90 kilometers (55 miles), you will climb 5,600 meters (18,000 feet) of altitude. The well-signposted hiking trails in the Binn Valley and on the Italian side are natural and follow old mule paths. Several scree fields, exposed sections, and rough terrain have to be overcome. If you already have experience in the Alps, you will love these places. If you are looking for a real Alpine adventure, this trek will make your dreams come true.

As the river Binna has cut a narrow and steep gorge between Breithorn and Eggerhorn towards the Rhone Valley, the Binntal was difficult to access for a long time and was thus spared from mass Alpine tourism. In the whole valley, there are only 200 people living in different villages, and you'll only find a handful of small hotels, holiday flats or mountain huts for accommodation. Since most of the Tours lead through secluded nature, you should always plan plenty of supplies, and you'll have the opportunity to buy groceries in Fiesch, Binn and Ernen. The valley is easily accessible by train and post bus from Fiesch. The full hike is designed to close in five, six or seven days. We have also planned several Tours in such a way that you can do them as single day hikes as well.

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    Difficult
    06:05
    8.25 mi
    1.4 mph
    4,150 ft
    3,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Instead of taking the bus directly to the Binntal, on the first stage you will hike over the Eggerhorn, the northern entrance pillar of the Binntal. You start in the small town of Ernen and climb first through coniferous forest up to Alpe Fried.From this point you have the summit of the Eggerhorn well in view. After the hiking …

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  • Difficult
    03:48
    6.92 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,975 ft
    125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the second stage we follow a narrow country lane from Binn via Giessen to Fäld, always above the river Binna.In the small village of Fäld you can take a rest in one of the inns, before you make your way again. From Fäld you follow the old mule track. On your way to the Binntalhütte, the landscape slowly changes and green meadows become mountain meadows and then barren scree fields.

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    5.14 mi
    1.9 mph
    525 ft
    2,225 ft
    Intermediate mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The third day is over the Italian border for you. You cross the Albrun Pass, which was already used by the Romans, and walk along simple trails and stone steps down into the Valle Devero.Already on the descent you can see the two reservoirs, which are located in the middle of the valley. The Devero Valley is part of …

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  • Difficult
    07:20
    10.6 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,075 ft
    3,100 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On your fourth day, the path leads you through the wild and romantic nature park. You start in Crampiolo and continue hiking to the village of Alpe Devero. At this point you leave the civilization behind you again and ascend to the Val Buscagna. The valley is characterized by the large larch forests, which turn golden in autumn. The Italians lovingly compare the autumn landscape with Canada.

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  • Difficult
    06:55
    9.41 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,625 ft
    3,800 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    If you do not have seven days left for your trip in the Binn Valley, you can use this hike as a shortcut. Instead of spending another night in Italy, this tour leads you over the Geisspfadpass directly to Binn. There you can either continue the next day either directly to Ernen or you still plan on the ascent of the Breithorns (Tour E06).

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  • Difficult
    07:15
    8.57 mi
    1.2 mph
    3,450 ft
    4,300 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The fifth stage awaits you with the highest point of the entire tour. You start from Alpe Veglia first in serpentines to Lake Bianco. On your way to the lake, the surroundings are already visibly changing. The fertile meadows of the nature park are slowly becoming a rock landscape.From Lago Bianco it goes steeply over partly exposed, but additionally …

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  • Difficult
    06:55
    10.4 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,100 ft
    4,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After you have already climbed the Eggerhorn on the first day, the sixth tour takes you to the Breithorn. The mountain with the extensive summit plateau represents the southern pillar of the entrance gate to the Binntal.The trail follows roughly the course of the Lengtalwassers and then climbs through a forest in the direction of the summit. After you …

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  • Difficult
    02:43
    5.44 mi
    2.0 mph
    525 ft
    1,200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Your last leg takes you on the old Roman road through the narrow Twingischlucht back to Ernen. To do this, you first descend to Ze Binge and then continue to the dam of the Binna Reservoir. Above the reservoir then begins the well-developed hiking trail through the gorge.At the other end of the ravine, it's easy and promising to return to Ernen via Aussererbinn.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    64.8 mi
  • Duration
    43:40 h
  • Elevation
    21,400 ft

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