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.
The Ruan which peaks at 3,044 metres has two satellite summits: to the west, Petit Ruan at 2,847 m, and to the east, Grand Ruan at 3,057 m. The tour itself straddles two countries, France with the Haute-Savoie region, to be more precise the Vallée du Haut-Giffre, and Switzerland in the canton of Valais, district of Saint-Maurice, and upper part of the Trient Valley. The highest point of this tour, the Cheval-Blanc, at 2,830 metres, offers a fantastic view, where you can take in with one glance the Bernese Alps, the Rhône plain, the Valais Alps, Mont-Blanc, Chablais or the Jura.
Duration of hike: 5-6 days