Valais offers almost endless possibilities for hiking in the mountains, with routes and trails to suit every ability. Considerable differences in altitude, narrow ridges, imposing gorges, historic cols: no matter which route you choose, the panoramic views are sure to take your breath away. What better way to escape than at the heart of this Alpine paradise? With a little luck, you might be accompanied along the way by the discreet presence of ibex or deer – or even a golden eagle. Succumb to all the charm of a mountain hike in the land of four-thousanders.
Grands Barrages Tour
Between the Grand Combin and Dent d’Hérens, both culminating at over 4,000 metres, enormous dams were erected by man to make use of the melt waters of the big alpine glaciers, including the Grande Dixence dam. Astride the Swiss Valais and the Italian Valpelline, in a region where superb lakes abound, the Grands Barrages Tour is a mountain walk culminating at 3,087 metres, which is not very difficult physically and only has one or two steep sections and one walk across a glacier, at the Collon pass. This route links four big dams: Mauvoisin, the Place Moulin, Grande Dixence and Cleuson.
Duration of hike: 7-9 days