Valais — Making the mountain your home

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A home on the mountain at the end of the untouched Turtmann Valley at an altitude of 8,264 feet (2,519 meters) — this is the Turtmann hut for hikers, mountaineers and the hut owners Magdalena and Fredy Tscherrig. Surrounded by the Turtmann glacier and the impressive mountain world of the Bishorn, the Barrwand and the Diablon massif, the hut is an ideal starting point or a uniquely beautiful destination for hikes and mountain tours.

On our hike around the hut we will take you through the picturesque Trutmann Valley, lead you past the Turtmann Glacier and of course stop at the Turtmann Hut. Here Magdalena and Fredy await you with refreshing drinks and their legendary homemade Black Forest cherry cake. While you enjoy your meal in peace, you can enjoy the spectacular view and the simplicity of things up here from the terrace. Before descending back down to the valley, you can stay overnight with your hosts and the next day climb one of the surrounding peaks together with owner and mountain guide Fredy or even go on a glacier tour.

In addition to the alpine mountains around the Turtmann hut, there is much more to experience in the Valais. We have compiled seven of the most beautiful experiences for you in this collection. From expeditions on the largest alpine glacier to an excursion to the Black Nosed sheep in Zermatt to panoramic hikes lasting several days — here in Valais you will certainly find the right experience for you.



You will find even more experiences in the Valais around Nendaz, where you can walk along old irrigation canals. The bisses are hundreds of years old and still carry water today — the wet gold. Thanks to them, juicy sweet apricots grow in the region, which you can try in summer, then they are ripe: komoot.com/collection/873/liquid-gold-from-nendaz-veysonnaz.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    09:11
    11.4 mi
    1.2 mph
    5,400 ft
    5,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Turtmannhütte is like a home on the mountain: As a hiker or mountaineer, you are warmly welcomed by the innkeepers Magdalena and Fredy Tscherrig, and are well looked after. Just join us on our hike, say hello to the two, and experience the fascination of simplicity that the two treasure so much.At the parking lot Vorder Sänntum the tour starts. From here you hike up through the untouched Turtmanntal. After a few steps, you have already reached the tree line and continue to climb surrounded by lush green mountain slopes and craggy rocks. Somewhat exhausted and sweaty, but happy you finally arrive at the Turtmannhütte. Here you can first order a cool drink and the incomparable view of the Turtmann Glacier, the
    Bishorn, the Barrwand and the Diablon massif. Magdalena's legendary, homemade Black Forest cake or a Valais plate will quickly get you back on your feet.
    Rested and freshly fortified you can then start the descent on the Steinmännliweg. You will come very close to the Turtmann Glacier and enjoy a fantastic view of the eternal ice. Past the Turtmannsee you follow the picturesque valley to the starting point, the parking lot Vorder Sänntum.If you want to spend more time with Magdalena and Fredy, you can also stay overnight at the Turtmannhütte and, for example, take a summit tour to the Barrhorn. That's how you experience the morning in the hut - Fredy's favorite time. Then all hikers are full of enthusiasm and anticipation for their tours - and so are you. And if you do not believe in the tour alone, Fredy can accompany you. He is a mountain guide and likes to show his guests the alpine mountains around the hut. With him you can also climb the 4,153 meter high Bishorn or take a glacier tour.

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  • Difficult
    11:29
    19.6 mi
    1.7 mph
    5,425 ft
    4,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The ViaStockalper leads through deep ravines and wide larch forests from Brig over the Simplon Pass to Gondo. Historic traffic routes and enchanting moorland landscapes offer you an exciting mix of nature and culture on the way. You can walk the just over 30 kilometer long hiking trail in three stages. The milestones are Simplonpass and Simplon Dorf.Already in the 13th century there was pass traffic over the Simplon. In the 17th century Kaspar Stockalper then built the way to offer a secure trade link across the Alps. After Stockalper had disappeared from the political scene, trade broke down over the pass and the mule track he had created fell into disrepair. In the 1990s, the trail was reactivated and today is a varied cultural hiking route where you can discover ancient trade routes from three eras.

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  • Difficult
    12:11
    18.4 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,400 ft
    6,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On this hike through the Valais glacier world, you can enjoy spectacular views of the two longest glaciers of the Alps at many viewpoints - the Great Aletsch Glacier with around 23 kilometers and the Fiescher glacier with a length of 14 kilometers. The entire hike from the Belalp to the Bellwand you can go in three stages. Stage destinations are on the way the Riederalp and Märjelensee.From the Belalp, where you can take the cable car from Blatten, you will hike through the magnificent high mountain landscape around Jungfrau, Bietschhorn and Finsteraarhorn. Since 2001, the area, which has been formed by the glaciers thousands of years ago, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. First, the route runs along the Aletsch glacier and then on to the Fiescher glacier.Due to climate change, however, the route of the Panoramaweg has changed. It used to run directly over the Alteschgletscher, but due to instability, the track today instead leads over a 124 meter long suspension bridge over the 50 meter deep Massa gorge. This is the way to get from Belalp to Riederalp, where the Pro Natura Center Aletsch is located in Villa Cassel. It is the gateway to the World Heritage Site. Continue through the sheltered Aletschwald, where several hundreds of years old pine trees and a diverse flora and fauna is native.On the way to the Märjelensee you have at the viewpoints Hohfluh and Moosfluh spectacular views of the ice current, which snakes past the majestic three- and four-thousanders. As it goes down, you get closer and closer to the Fiescher Glacier. Before you reach the finish of the tour, you cross the Aspi-Titter, a dizzying suspension bridge with 160 meters in length - another highlight of the unforgettable hike.

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  • Difficult
    25:11
    33.8 mi
    1.3 mph
    12,100 ft
    12,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    In four stages it goes on this promising tour to the Grand Muveran. You cross six passes and pass countless huts. As a stopover you can plan Rambert, Col du Demècre and Pont de Nant. Starting point of the tour is Derborance.It starts at the idyllic Lac de Derborence. From here you hike on well-marked mountain trails mostly above the tree line. On the way there are six passes, three mountain lakes and numerous huts waiting for you right next to the route. They offer you stop-in and overnight accommodations. The route is technically simple and can be easily done during the whole hiking season, you only need enough condition to walk around six hours per stage. From the hiking trail, you will always have great views of the impressive mountains with Mont Blanc, the Dents du Midi, the white peaks of the Valais Alps and the Vaud Alps.The start and end of Lac de Derborence can be reached both by car and by public transport. Alternatively, it is possible to start in Pont de Nant, also here you come by car and public transport.

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  • Difficult
    06:17
    11.9 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,900 ft
    2,950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From one of the highest municipalities of Switzerland in the Val d'Anniviers, you can do a nice hike to Zinal. From Chandolin at an altitude of 1,938 meters, you will hike on varied paths through the original, wild landscapes and untouched nature of the beautiful mountains. On the way, you will enjoy magnificent views of the four-thousand-meter peaks of Valais and the Val d'Anniviers, through which the picturesque river Navisence meanders.From the starting point, it's pleasant and evenly ascending on a panorama path to the Hotel Weißhorn at an elevation of 2,337 meters. Here you can take a first break and enjoy the beautiful view. Afterwards you continue to walk parallel to the Val d'Anniviers and have an unforgettable view of the four-thousanders Weißhorn, Zinalrothorn, Matterhorn, Obergabelhorn and Dent Blanche. After a short, intense descent you will reach the finish Zinal.You can book the guided tour directly from the hiking guide Heinz Oggier on +41 79 692 88 30.

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  • Difficult
    02:36
    5.16 mi
    2.0 mph
    3,800 ft
    675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Together with the Julen family from Zermatt, you can take a hike to visit their black-nosed sheep on the Schwarzsee. The family runs the largest black penny breeding in the world with more than 300 animals. In summer, they graze on the lush alpine meadows above the Stafelalp. And that's where you can visit the herd.Meeting point for the hike is at the entrance of the Romantik Hotel Julen in Zermatt. From here you can hike along with the group to the cable car. Together you drive up to the station Schwarzsee. Here not only an idyllic landscape with fascinating views awaits you, but also a walk of about 45 minutes to the flock of sheep grazing at the foot of the Matterhorn. In peace and quiet you can watch the cute black-nosed sheep in their natural habitat and let Paul-Marc Julen tell you stories about the sheep. At the end of the hike, you will be served white wine from the region and dried meat.The hike always takes place on Wednesdays from 9.30am to 4pm. You can sign up until 8 pm the night before at the Romantik Hotel Julen.

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  • Intermediate
    02:31
    3.68 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,300 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the valley station Hannigalp, the hike through the woods of Grächen begins early in the morning. Then the best time to find the shy wildlife. The experienced hiking guide knows the places around Grächen, where you can see chamois, marmots and ibexes. On the morning expedition you will learn a lot about the wild flora and fauna of the area. In addition, you can peacefully enjoy the impressive panorama overlooking the valley of Zaniglas.At the end of the game viewing hike, you will join the group in the mountain restaurant Hannigalp and strengthen yourself with a rich breakfast before returning to the valley.The hike always takes place on Wednesdays from 6.10 to 9 o'clock. You can sign up until the day before at 12 o'clock in the Tourist Information Grächen or at graechen.ch.

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  • Difficult
    04:05
    7.49 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,375 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Experience the Aletsch glacier on a glacier hike with an experienced mountain guide and let him tell you exciting stories about the largest glacier in the Alps.On the Fiescheralp the tour starts. Here you come from Fiesch by cable car. From the alp, you and your local mountain guide travel further up the Eggishorn. From here you descend to the glacier room at the Märjelensee, where the actual expedition on the glacier begins. Secured with a rope and under the guidance of the mountain guide, you discover the mysterious world of eternal ice during this unforgettable adventure and experience the 23-kilometer-long glacier up close. Then you walk through the illuminated Tälligrattunnel back to Fiescheralp.The guided glacier expeditions on the Aletsch glacier from the Aletsch Arena are offered. The entire offer can be found on the website aletscharena.ch/sport-sommer/gletschertouren.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    111 mi
  • Duration
    73:29 h
  • Elevation
    37,700 ft

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