© Sebastian Kowalke

On mule tracks from Binntal to Italy

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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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Tours & Highlights

  • 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 trail has risen moderately at first, it gets steeper on the last two kilometers to the summit. Once at the top of the grassy knoll, you can enjoy the spectacular view while resting.From Eggerhorn it then goes down a good trail down to the stage destination Binn.You can reach the starting point in Ernen by bus from Fiesch. If you plan the tour as a day hike, you can either return to Ernen by post bus from Binn after the hike or hike the same way back from the summit of the Eggerhorn.

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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.From the Binntalhütte you can enjoy a great view down into the valley and the surrounding peaks. The hut was originally a border post, as the Italian border is only a short walk away.Planned as a day tour, you can take the path from the Binntalhütte back to Fäld and drive from there by post bus to your accommodation.

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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 the "Natural Park Alpe Veglia and Alpe Devero". Since the nature park may be used only with special permission with vehicles, you are guaranteed a genuine nature experience.Your today's destination Crampiolo is a picturesque hamlet with small stone houses and a tiny chapel. In addition to a good trattoria, you will also find various accommodations here. Rest with great Italian food and enjoy the tranquility of the mountains.The Alm Alpe Forno Inferiore is only managed irregularly, so plan enough provisions for the tour.

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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.From the Val de Buscagna you reach the valley of Alpe Veglia via two passes. On this mountain path there are short sections about abandoned paths and scree fields. The exposed areas are additionally insured with wire ropes to give you a secure hold.The valley of Alpe Veglia, the Cairasca Valley, awaits you with breathtaking scenery. On every side rise the mountains of the Italian-Swiss Leone group. Its 3,553-meter-high main peak, the Monte Leone, stands out on the opposite side of the valley.

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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).From Crampiolo the path leads you up to the Piani della Rossa. On the plateau with its red boulders, some metal steps are attached to facilitate your ascent. Arrived at the Geisspfadpass, the Geisspfadsee spreads below you. The path leads you through the rocky moonscape and over a large boulder field down to Maniboden.From the Maniboden, a well-developed hiking trail leads via Fäld to the stage destination Binn. In Fäld you can stop in one of the nice restaurants to reward yourself for the descent.Also, the ascent to the Geisspfadsee is well suited as a challenging day trip. You start in Fäld and climb to the lake from there. The way back takes place on the same way back to Fäld.

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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 secured paths up to the pass. At the Ritterpass you cross the border to Switzerland again and are rewarded with a spectacular view of the Swiss and Italian valleys.Over boulder fields, the blue-white-blue marked path leads down to the reservoir. Keep in mind that scattered snowfields persist into the summer. Pay attention to your steps here, then you will arrive safely below.From the reservoir, it goes on a comfortable trail down to Heiligkreuz, today's stage destination. There, the Gasthaus Heiligkreuz offers accommodation with its beautiful rooms. More information at gasthaus-heiligkreuz.chYou can also enjoy the view from the Ritterpass as part of a day tour. You can take the bus to Heiligkreuz and start from there. From the Ritterpass you then descend accordingly to the starting point Heiligkreuz.

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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 have left the forest section, the promising path runs over wide mountain meadows. The whole hike leads through very good hiking trails, which are also used by mountain bikers.Once at the top of the summit plateau, you have to look for a big cairn. This male marks the summit of the Breithorn. From up here you have a great view. Enjoy the panorama at a leisurely stop before making your way to Binn.The ascent to Breithorn is of course also suitable as a single day trip. Just use Binn as the start and finish and head to the summit.

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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.When you arrive at the lively music village of Ernen, you can enjoy the view of the mountains in the marketplace. On your bus ride to Fiesch station and on your journey home you still indulge in the memories of the untouched Alpine wilderness, which you could experience here.This tour can also be perfectly planned as a day hike. From the destination, simply take the post bus back to your accommodation.

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Collection Stats

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

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