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Long Distance Hiking Multistage tour

Tour Val d’Anniviers

Long Distance Hiking
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  • Hikers in Val d'Anniviers.
    / Hikers in Val d'Anniviers.
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Hikers in Val d'Anniviers.
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Hérens cow in the Val d'Anniviers
    Photo: Alban Mathieu, Valais/Wallis Promotion
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4- to 5-day hike taking in picturesque mountain villages, the Moiry dam, the pristine Vallon de Réchy – and showcasing views of the 4,000-metre peaks of the “Couronne Impériale”.

77.2 km
28:12 h
4974 m
4662 m

The tour of this side valley starts at Les Pontis with a climb to Chandolin, one of Europe’s highest villages inhabited year-round, before following the high trail to St-Luc. At the funicular summit station, an observatory offers clear views of star-filled skies. The hike’s second stage starts here, following the “Planets Trail” to the historical Hôtel Weisshorn, with views of the “Imperial Crown” of five 4,000-metre peaks, before a steep descent to charming Zinal. The third stage links Zinal with picturesque Grimentz, known for its flower-adorned chalets and its glacier wine, via the Col de Sorebois and the Moiry reservoir. The fourth stage follows the western slopes of the Val d’Anniviers from Grimentz to Vercorin: both picturesque mountain villages offering a living experience of their heritage. The final stage leads into the wild Vallon de Réchy, to the Ar du Tsan wetlands and the mountain lake of Le Louché. The route back to Vercorin follows a 14th-century irrigation channel.

Author’s recommendation

Take advantage of the Pass Anniviers Liberté, which grants free travel on cable cars, gondolas, funiculars and postal buses in the region. More than 20 other activities are also covered by the pass.

Highest point
2856 m
Lowest point
1000 m

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

For all hikes:

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on «Print» icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals.
  • Do not leave any waste in nature.

For mountain hikes:

  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.

For high-altitude hikes:

  • Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs: water levels may rise rapidly without warning.

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)  

For certain walks:

  • Swimwear

Tips, hints and links

More information about the destination: 

Start

Les Pontis (1000 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.260508, 7.563729
UTM
32T 389309 5123994

Destination

Vercorin

Turn-by-turn directions

Discover the stages of Tour du Val d'Anniviers:  

  • 1st stage: Pontis - Chandolin - St-Luc
  • 2nd stage: St-Luc–Zinal
  • 3rd stage: Zinal–Grimentz
  • 4th stage: Grimentz – Vercorin
  • 5th stage: Vallon de Réchy - Bergsee Le Louché

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Distance
77.2 km
Duration
28:12 h
Ascent
4974 m
Descent
4662 m

Statistics

  • 5 Stages
May 07, 2018
moderate Stage 1
9.3 km
4:00 h
943 m
243 m
by Valais/Wallis Promotion,   Valais/Wallis Promotion
June 18, 2018
moderate Stage 2
16.2 km
5:00 h
525 m
1040 m
by Valais/Wallis Promotion,   Valais/Wallis Promotion
April 18, 2018
moderate Stage 3
14.4 km
4:30 h
1195 m
1270 m
by Valais/Wallis Promotion,   Valais/Wallis Promotion
May 16, 2018
moderate Stage 4
12.9 km
4:30 h
585 m
860 m
by Valais/Wallis Promotion,   Valais/Wallis Promotion
January 15, 2018
moderate Stage 5
15.1 km
5:00 h
710 m
710 m
by Valais/Wallis Promotion,   Valais/Wallis Promotion
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