The pristine Valais glaciers offer an unparalleled natural spectacle, which is why they have been designated as part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The giant rivers of ice are a wonder of nature, as impressive as they are instructive. Deep, dangerous crevasses, giant moraines and wild glacial creeks illustrate the incredible forces of the ice. This is an incomparable world that waits to be discovered: numerous hikes, routes and guided tours offer terrific views of the glaciers – and insights into their icy secrets.
The Zinal glacier, formed at the confluence of 3 other glaciers (the Grand Cornier, Durant, and Mountet), ranges in altitude from 2000m to 3450m. The glacier tongue (largely covered by stones) from which the river Navisence emerges can be seen from the Petit Mountet mountain hut. From the Lac d’Arpitettaz (2288m), the Weisshorn, Moming and Blanc de Moming glaciers are also visible. In winter, after a 2.5 hour snowshoe walk led by a guide, you can go right inside the Zinal glacier, into caves (which can be up to 200 metres long) hollowed out by streams that flow beneath it.