With almost 300 days of sunshine a year, a multitude of majestic four-thousand-meter peaks, unspoilt nature and characteristic regional products, Valais is a first-class summer dreamland: an almost limitless El Dorado for sports fans, gourmets and culture lovers. You can explore all the nuances of the region in every imaginable way, but especially when hiking along the 8,000 kilometers of footpaths, you will collect inimitable summer memories. Along your trails, you'll admire the most impressive peaks in the Alps, discover ancient irrigation channels and snow-capped glaciers. Welcome to Valais.
In June 2019, six adventurous bloggers will each be exploring a spectacular hiking route in various Swiss regions: Climb the Mythen near Lucerne, enjoy the view from the San Salvatore in Ticino or a relaxed rail hiking trip? Switzerland also has something for every type of hiker in the Valais, Graubünden and Bern region, with a wide variety of hiking trails to choose from — the path quickly becomes the destination! Discover the three stages of the Valais here and hike together with "OFF THE PATH" (bhc2019.myswitzerland.com/region/wallis) to the iciest glaciers and the most panoramic peaks.
There's also a great competition: Test your knowledge of Switzerland and win your very own personal trip to Switzerland for two: With SWISS you fly to Switzerland, where you will explore the Bern region and Ticino. A total of five overnight stays await you at the Handeck Hotel and Natural Resort and the Hotel Belvedere Locarno. On top of that, you'll get two Swiss Travel Passes, with which you can use buses, trains and ships on your journey free of charge.
The first stage takes you up to the glacier world of the Swiss four-thousanders. From the historic town of Brig, with the historic Stockalper Castle, take the train to Turtmann. From here starts the first stage with the glacier hike, which starts at the Turtmannhütte.From the Turtmannhütte, which you can reach by bus from Oberems, the mountain guide will take you up to the glacier. The Brunegg glacier can be reached via Gässi in about 40 minutes on a well-marked trail in the direction of Tracuithütte. From Gletscherrand you can plan various routes over the Brunegg glacier and the neighboring Turtmann Glacier. Also, a visit to the Adlersee, where you can marvel at beautiful glacier cuts, is quite worthwhile. Then you either return to the Turtmannhütte via a descent with a zip line or you take the same route back.You feel like a spectacular view summit? Then a guided tour up to the Barrhorn is just the thing for you. At 3,610 meters, the Barrhorn is the highest mountain in Switzerland, which you can climb without high-altitude tour equipment. Here you can find all information about the guided hike: randonnee.ch/de/Wanderungen/Wanderung-suchen/#r-4981504-Barrhorn-WanderungThe Via Stockalper is a three-day long-distance hiking trail, which brings you closer to the history of the canton Valais on old mule track paths. From Brig you walk on beautiful paths over the Simplon Pass and enjoy beautiful views. You can discover your personal offer for Via Stockalper here: brig-simplon.ch/wandern/viastockalper.php.
On the second day of hiking, the trail "Panorama 4.000" awaits you. First you take the cable car from Crans-Montana up to the summit of the Cry d'Er and then you hike back to the valley on promising paths.From Crans-Montana, take the cable car up to Cry d'Er, starting point of the panoramic trail Panorama 4.000. The main attraction: The panoramic view of the Rhone Valley and the 4,000m snow-capped in the distance. From Cry d'Er, the first part of the trail, called the Marmot Trail, leads to the Cabane des Violettes. Here you can hike over green pastures, which are very popular among marmots. From the Cabane des Violettes, you continue through the valley below the Glacier Plaine Morte and around the slopes of Petit Mont Bonvin to the beautiful valley of the Tièche. From the Tièche Valley, the route takes you along the Suone du Tsittoret, a historic irrigation canal. The trail follows the Bisse downstream to the hamlet of Colombire with its informative Ecomuseum.You can get to know the nature around Crans-Montana with a hiking guide. Together they search and collect wild plants and cook them over an open fire a soup. All further information for nature explorers can be found at colombire.ch.A great offer for all guests of Crans-Montana is the Explorer Card. This is already included in the tax and offers you in addition to the free use of cable cars many more benefits in the summer months. Here you can see the advantages of the Explorer Card: crans-montana.ch/myexplorercard.
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On the third hike, you will discover a peculiarity of the canton of Valais: the Suone of Ro. A bite - also called bite - is an irrigation canal, with which the water from the mountains to the fruit and wine growing areas in the valley is passed. Many of the bisses are already hundreds of years old and bear witness to the masterpieces of their builders.The starting point of the hike is the dam of Lac de Tseuzier. On the total of five hours of hiking time you will find a varied route: waterfalls, streams, forests and a unique flora. From the Tseuzier artificial lake, you hike back to Crans-Montana over the Suone of Ro. In the Middle Ages, this channel was built on the rock face to irrigate the fields. The hike leads through the Rière valley and the wild mountain area of Ertentse to Crans-Montana.You would like to get to know the mountain landscape of the canton of Valais in all its facets? The hiking tour "From the Matterhorn to the Aletsch Glacier" offers you exactly this possibility. The high-alpine trekking tour across the Valais takes you over spectacular suspension bridges, to fantastic vantage points and along snow-covered glaciers. Here you can take a closer look at this great long-distance trail: valais.ch/de/buchen/unterkunft/10a1bf6b661d4da5833ef3b98d14884d-wandertour-vom-matterhorn-zum-aletschgletscher/infoNot quite as adventurous, but no less beautiful, is the four-day Valais Wine Route. Here you will discover the Valais from its sunny side and get to know the noblest wines of the canton along the way. Inviting wine taverns, typical farms and some of the steepest vineyards in the world line your trail. Your offer for the Valais Wine Route can be found here valais.ch/de/buchen/unterkunft/c6ac20501a8b49edb55993ae6745d48b-walliser-weinweg-zu-fuss-4-tage-/buchen.