Walking through historic villages with wooden chalets and slate rooftops.
Hiking in the Pennine Alps, the highest mountains in Western Europe.
Finish the tour on a high level path with huge views over the Valais.
This self- guided trek links the Swiss villages of the hiker’s haute route and allows simpler logistics, a shorter hiking time and a grand finish along a high level route into Saas Fee.
You will cross the Valais by a number of high passes and connect a number of small villages with their blackened timber houses and slate roofs while enjoying outstanding views of the Pennine alps, including the Dent Blanche, Obergabelhorn, Weisshorn, Matterhorn and the ring of 4000 meter peaks surrounding Saas Fee.
Accommodations include a mix of charming country inns and simple hostelries.
The towns along the way are mostly simple mountain villages that remain much as they were over 50 years ago. From Arolla beneath the beautiful Mont Collon; Les Hauderes in the atmospheric Val D’Herens with its well preserved villages and intact culture; St. Luc, with its quirky flavor and unusual views of the western face of the Matterhorn; and at the end of the trail, to quiet Grachen at the base of the Mattertal and on to the developed resort village of Saas Fee, you will many fine unspoiled villages.
Travel by rail to Arolla for an overnight in a three star inn. You’ll have the option for a short afternoon hike.
A spectacular hike lies ahead with views of Mont Collon. L’Eveque, the Pigne D’Arolla, the Aiguilles Rouges and the Val D’Herens. Overnight in a simple inn in the traditional village of Les Hauderes.
Ascend through pastures (one often sees the women raking hay in traditional costume here) with views back to the Aiguilles Rouges, the Grand Combin and the Alps in France. Transfer to St. Luc and a charming old world inn.
Cross a pass with views back to the Aiguilles Rouges and the Dent D’Herens, and forward to the peaks above Zermatt: the Matterhorn, OberGabelhorn, Dent Blanche and Weisshorn. Overnight in a simple hostelry in the remote Turtmanntal.
Another pass lies ahead, this one along a medieval trading route with views of the Mischabel range separating Zermatt from Saas Fee and the peaks of the Oberland to the north. The descent terminates in a tiny village perched high above the Mattertal and accessible only by cable car. Transfer to Grachen and a comfortable first class inn with superb cuisine and every comfort and amenity.
Enjoy a grand excursion along one of the Alps’ great hohenwegs, or high level paths from Grachen. A lift ride gives you a boost, and you will traverse the length of the Saastal with views into the Oberland and to the peaks and glaciers surrounding Saas Fee. Enjoy your final night in a beautifully appointed hotel in the center of this lively village.