The Valais is a hiker’s paradise in winter. Its 1000 kilometres of immaculately prepared winter trails invite hikers to leisurely strolls or athletic climbs in an unparalleled setting. With the winter sun as your companion, you can wander through silent snow-covered forests and over magnificent sunny terraces featuring fantastic views. This is as close as you can get to the high peaks and majestic glaciers of the Valais Alps. A steaming cup of schnapps and coffee or hot chocolate welcomes contented hikers in a snug mountain hut at the end of the day.
Planet trail high above the Val d'Anniviers
Switzerland’s most panoramic planet trail runs high above the Val d'Anniviers in the Valais. It is also maintained as a hiking trail during the winter months and offers a spectacular summit panorama. At the same time, the trail offers a sense of the vast dimensions of the solar system - with every step you take representing about one million astronomical kilometres. The trail starts at the summit station of the funicular railway running from St-Luc to Tignousa. It then gently rises as it follows the slope to Alpstafel Le Chiesso and then becomes a little steeper towards the Hôtel Weisshorn. This Belle Epoque building is only accessible on foot in winter. Continue your hike by returning to Le Chiesso before branching off into the forest. Moderately steep now, the trail runs down to St-Luc, where it ends at the funicular railway valley station.
End of tour: St-Luc
Technical requirements: easy
Physical fitness: medium
Hiking time: 3 h 30 min.
Length: 11 km