Discover Valais by foot, bike or mountain bike.

Dear journalists,

With temperatures warming up, it's the ideal time to head into the great outdoors in Valais – and discover its unique topography and magnificent varied landscapes. Make the most of this summer and explore the numerous trails and paths winding their way through the most beautiful Alpine settings – by foot, bike or mountain bike. Along the way, you might also bump into Jess Kroon or Urs Anthamatten, who can be regularly found crossing the Valais mountains.

Would you like to find out more about Valais? We would be delighted to provide you with further information or organise an interview.

Explore the trails of Valais by foot.

Explore the trails of Valais by foot.

Boasting 45 four-thousand-metre peaks, Valais is the ideal playground for keen hikers. Don your mountain boots, fill up your backpack with delicious local produce and set off to explore the 8,000 kilometres of marked hiking trails that await you – enough to warrant several stays in Valais. This is the perfect way to discover the stunning panoramic views from the peaks of the mountains.

Hiking up to Tracuit,  Zinal, Val d'Anniviers, Valais, Switzerland

Cross Valais by bike.

Cross Valais by bike.

From family outings along the Rhône Route to more ambitious trips across one of Valais’ 20 passes accessible by bike – Valais boasts 2,000 kilometres of cycling trails spanning the entire canton. Read our tips to find out everything you need to know for a memorable bike outing in our beautiful region.

Road cycling on Grimsel pass, summer in Valais, Switzerland

Explore the Valais mountains by mountain bike.

Explore the Valais mountains by mountain bike.

Whether you dream of climbing to the peak of the mountains or exploring their slopes, your trip to Valais – boasting almost 2,000 kilometres of pistes – is guaranteed to provide incredible experiences that you’ll treasure for years to come. The Valais Alpine Bike, a new regional route, is perfect for discovering several regions of Valais by mountain bike. Alongside these numerous routes, Valais is also home to increasing numbers of bike parks, flow trails and pump tracks. Those who prefer electric bikes are also catered for – thanks to countless charging stations dotted throughout the canton. Valais also has 70 establishments classified as “Bike Hotels”, offering cyclists a peaceful night’s sleep. Now, the only thing left to do is choose which route you’d like to start with.

Mountainbike in summer, Leukerbad, Valais, Switzerland

This summer, experience Valais on one of our press trips.

This summer, experience Valais on one of our press trips.

To give you the chance to discover every facet of Valais, we are organising several press trips over the summer with different themes. From “Ready for a ride !”, “100% woman”, “having fun while respecting nature” and “the cultural towns of Valais” to “Valais, a never-ending source of adventures” – there’s something for everyone! Secure your spot on one of our magnificent trips now.

Thistles in summer on the fierschealp, summer in Valais, Switzerland

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Top tips

  • Top tip 1

    Bike transportation made easy thanks to Resabike.

    Looking to set off on your cycling getaway on public transport but not sure whether there will be space for your bike, mountain bike or electric bike? With the Resabike platform, you can reserve a place for your wheels directly. Travelling has never been so simple!

    Reserve your ticket
  • Top tip 2

    Take a break with a Valais Spritz.

    The Morand Distillery in Martigny has reworked the famous Italian cocktail by mixing its Abricot Sur Fruit apricot liqueur with a sparkling wine to create a 100% Valais Spritz. This summer, take a break between routes and enjoy this Valais speciality on a terrace overlooking the region.

    Try out the recipe
  • Top tip 3

    A day in Valais is not enough.

    To really take in the beauty of Valais’ breath-taking panoramas, we recommend spending more than just a day in our region. Discover our multi-day routes and admire the most magnificent views of the canton.

    Find your inspiration


Get to know two fascinating individuals from Valais who can always be found on the trails of Valais.

Jess Kroon

First name: Jess
Last name: Kroon
From: The Netherlands
Activity: MTB Verbier Team Guide and manager of the Bike Chalet

Note: Valais is her adoptive home – Dutch mountain biker Jess Kroon first came to the region to ski and never left. Beneath the snow, she discovered a cycling paradise. Now she has turned her passion into a profession. Her recipe for success: “A simple smile is enough to banish fear and overcome any challenge.”

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Urs Anthamatten

First name: Urs
Last name: Anthamatten
Activity: Director of the Berghotel Almagelleralp Hotel in Saas-Almagell

Note: The best time is early in the morning, when the first rays of sunshine peek through the mountains and cast red hues on the mighty Mischabels massif – a magical moment guests will never forget.

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Valais in figures

300 days of sun a year
45 four-thousand-metre summits
8,000 kilometres of hiking trails
2,000 kilometres of bike routes
20 Alpine passes designated as bike routes
2,000 kilometres of mountain bike routes
70 hotels classified as “Bike Hotels” by the Swiss Hotel Association
Over 100 cable cars and ski lifts