Guided hiking tour
From Chandolin to Dixence
All along this route, hikers enjoy magnificent views of the 4,000-metre summits of Valais including the Matterhorn. Other highlights include ever-changing trails, a great variety of landscapes and the emerald-green Lac de Moiry. The final stage of the hike leads from the idyllic village of Arolla to the dramatic Grand Dixence dam, the world’s tallest gravity dam.
Walkers can tackle this itinerary independently or in the company of an experienced hiking guide (minimum 5 people).
1st stage (Chandolin–Zinal); travel by public transport (PostBus) from Sierre station to Chandolin
The hike starts in Chandolin (1,938m), one of Switzerland’s highest municipalities, in the Val d’Anniviers. This first stage follows the panoramic route of the popular Sierre-Zinal mountain trail-running race, and starts with a gentle and steady climb to the Hotel Weisshorn (2,337 m), whose dramatic location and superb views make it ideal for a break and refreshments. From here onwards, hikers enjoy spectacular and unforgettable views straight ahead of five 4,000-metre peaks (Weisshorn, Zinalrothorn, Matterhorn, Obergabelhorn and Dent Blanche). A short but steep descent leads to the holiday resort of Zinal and accommodation for the night.
Further information on the first stage
2nd stage (Sorebois–Villa)
From Zinal, walkers ride a PostBus to Grimentz, where they take the cable car up to Sorebois (La Vouarda). This is the starting point for today’s hike, which begins with a climb to the Col de Sorebois (2,835 m) and, from there, glorious views of the turquoise Lac de Moiry. The trail then leads down to the reservoir; along the way, ibex and chamois may be seen as well as Herens cows, grazing not far apart. Down at the reservoir, a welcoming restaurant with sun terrace invites walkers to enjoy their first real break. From here, the route follows the crest of the dam and then climbs steadily in the direction of the Col de Torrent (2,916 m), first passing the waters of the Lac des Autannes (2,686 m): ideal for another break before the final steep ascent to the pass. The col itself promises fabulous panoramic views. The descent to Villa along gentle paths is long but scenic and full of variety. From Villa, a PostBus takes walkers to Arolla for a night at a historical hotel.
Further information on the second stage
3rd stage (Arolla–Dixence)
Starting in Arolla (2,006 m), the route begins immediately with a steady climb to the Pas de Chèvres (2,855m). After the strenuous ascent to the col, a dramatic but safe series of ladders leads down towards the Glacier de Cheilon. The trail continues, partly over scree and boulders, partly along the glacier, down towards the Lac des Dix. A flattish stretch of route follows the western shore of the reservoir to the world’s tallest gravity dam, the Grande Dixence. From the crest of the dam, a path descends to the Hotel du Barrage, which offers hikers a break and a chance to get their breath back. Afterwards, a visit to the information pavilion and a tour of the interior of the dam provide the conclusion to an exceptionally enchanting and varied mountain hike. A PostBus takes walkers in comfort back to Sion.