The Valais has a hike for everyone. Up high peaks, through fragrant larch forests, along watercourses, over suspended bridges, by mule paths or vineyard trails. Over 8000 kilometres of signposted hiking paths wait to be explored. Countless high routes and circuits lead through lush alpine meadows, across rushing mountain streams, past deep-blue tarns and up peaks with magnificent views. With a little luck, hikers may encounter marmots, chamois or mountain goats.
Tour du Val d'Hérens: Grande Dixence to Arolla
This hike is the second stage of Tour du Val d'Hérens. The Col de Riedmatten (2900m) is a legendary passage, part of the route of the famous ski-mountaineering race "La Patrouille des Glaciers". Follow the six-kilometre-long Lac des Dix while approaching the magnificent summits that have been visible all day: Mont Blanc de Cheillon 3869 m, Le Pleureur 3703 m, Mont Collon 3637 m. Word of caution: the Col de Riedmatten section is narrow and very steep and the ladders of Pas de Chèvre are very exposed, but is no problem for experienced hikers.
How to get there: Bus from Sion railstation
Return: Bus to Sion railstation
Fitness requirements: difficult
Vertical metres: +554 m, -963 m
Total hiking time: 5h30
Season: June to october
Restaurants and pubs: La Dixence, Arolla
Accomodation: La Dixence, Arolla