Sentier Panorama 4000

Panoramic hike high above Crans-Montana featuring views of 4,000-metre peaks and several attractive mountain restaurants along the way.

  • Difficulty


  • Length

    13.4 km

  • Duration

    4:30 h

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The name of this hike neatly encapsulates its star attraction: panoramic views of the Rhône valley and the glittering 4,000-metre peaks on the far side. Walkers also enjoy a clear view down the Val d’Anniviers opposite, majestically framed by five 4,000-metre summits, with the Matterhorn in the background. Starting point is the Cry d’Er gondola summit station, with its popular restaurant and panoramic sun terrace. The first section of trail is roughly level, and leads to the Cabane des Violettes (2,208 m), run by a mountain guide. The traditional, seasonal Valais cuisine is simple but excellent: the Michelin-starred chef also runs one of the top gourmet restaurants in Crans-Montana. From here the trail sweeps around to the slopes of the Petit Mont Bonvin to begin its descent to Aminona where the hike ends. One of the most delightful sections follows part of the Bisse du Tsittoret, an irrigation channel built in the 15th century. This takes its water from the river La Tièche, just to the east – which downstream becomes the Raspille, linguistic border of Valais.

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Valais Sun Trail

Scenic high-level trail with panoramic views of the Valais Alps and views down into the Rhone Valley...
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Mountain trails in Valais

The sun is high in the sky and the dry earth crunches beneath your hiking boots. It is a hot day in Valais and the Sonnenweg lives up to its name. Luckily, you can spend the evening after the long trek on the first day in the spas of Leukerbad. Recharge your batteries, because you are going to be tested again the next day with the Albinenleitern on the way to Gampel. You will then have reached the southern slope of Lötschberg. An adventurous railroad trial, which offers views of the tunnels and viaducts of the Lötschberg railway line. The sun is low on the horizon, and the setting sun accompanies you as you climb down to Naters where your hike along the Sonnenweg of Valais comes to an end.


Day 1: Arrival to Crans-Montana

Day 2: Crans-Montana - Leukerbad

Pleasant hike from Montana along the Bisse du Tsittoret, past inviting mountain inns into the valley of the Tièche. Then on a sunny slope over Varneralp to Leukerbad, where weary hikers can relax in the warm thermal spa.

Details: approx. 24 kilometer, ↑ 1’150m, ↓ 1’250m, Length: 7.5h

Day 3: Leukerbad – Steg VS

An age-old trail leads to the quaint village of Albinen in a superb location above the Dalaschlucht (gorge); along the way, the ancient hamlets of Brentschen, Engersch and Jeizinen also sit on the sunny slope, linked by peaceful hiking paths.

Details: approx. 24 kilometer, ↑ 1’000m, ↓ 1’750m, Length: 7.5h

Day 4: Steg VS – Ausserberg

Panoramic hike on high-level BLS railway Südrampe (south ramp). Popular classic hike beside the Lötschberg Railway tracks to imposing Bietschtal bridge. Lovely path beside historic water channels (suonen) to hanging bridge; superb views at Brägji and Riedgarten.

Details: approx. 12 kilometer, ↑ 680m, ↓ 300m, Length: 3.5h

Day 5: Ausserberg – Brig

Suonen (irrigation channels) and the BLS railway line accompany this stage. Impressive view of the Baltschieder viaduct. Pipes for irrigating the dry south-facing slopes line the route. Information columns on the BLS Südrampe section and Swiss Guards Museum provide fascinating information.

Details: approx. 17 kilometer, ↑ 560m, ↓ 900m, Length: 5h

Tour characteristic

The paths are well developed and easy to walk on, only the first stage is a little more difficult. However, the Valais Sun Trail is challenging because of the long stages and the many metres of altitude difference that have to be overcome each time. Good basic fitness and a head for heights are required for the suspension bridges and albine ladders on the second day.

What’s included:

  • 5 overnight stays with breakfast

  • Daily Luggage transfers

  • Admission to the Alpentherme in Leukerbad (3 hours)

  • Carefully elaborated route

  • Detailled travel documents (1x per room)

  • GPS data available

  • Service hotline

Not included :

  • The long first stage can be shortened with an optional bus ride from Crans-Montana to Aminona. Trip not included in the price of the journey. Approx. CHF 2 with half-fare card.

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!

Possibility of additional nights - booking after your payment (you will be contacted by our booking team):

  • Crans-Montana: CHF 75.- (per person in double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 40.-

  • Brig: CHF 89.- (per person in double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 40.-

Cancellation conditions:

  • Up to 29 days before start of the trip: 20%

  • 28 – 15 days before start of the trip: 50%

  • 14 – 08 days before start of the trip: 70%

  • 07 – 1 days before start of the trip: 90%

  • 0 day before start of the trip / No–show: 100%

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Turn-by-turn directions

The hike falls naturally into three parts. The first third, roughly level, skirts the slopes of the Bella Lui and continues climbing northwards until reaching the highest point of the hike (2,347 m) on the slopes of the Mont Bonvin. The paths are clearly marked throughout. The trail initially leads north-eastwards to the Cabane des Violettes before turning northwards to continue up the flank of the valley. The final two-thirds of the walk consists of a long, steady descent. At first the trail leads across open, boulder-strewn slopes above the tree line before reaching the Bisse du Tsittoret. From the Cave du Sex, the trail continues through the forest to reach Aminona.

Start: Cry d'Er, cable car summit station (2252 m)
Destination: Aminona (1516 m)

Author's recommendation

Bring binoculars to observe the local wildlife – especially birds of prey and the many marmots that live on the high, rocky slopes.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2347 m 1499 m

  • Ascent

    400 m

  • Descent

    1155 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 6 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Train to Sierre. Short walk (350 m) to funicular station for Montana. Follow the red markings on the floor to reach the funicular from Sierre train station. To reach base station of Cry d’Er gondola in Crans-Montana, either take bus in direction of Crans-sur-Sierre (bus stop «Téléphérique») or walk (approx. 2 km, 20 min). Ride gondola up to Cry d’Er. At end of walk, take bus from Aminona to funicular station in Montana, and ride funicular down to Sierre. Find full timetable information at sbb.ch.


A9 motorway, exit 28 (Sierre-Ouest) if approaching from west or exit 29 (Sierre-Est) if approaching from east. Follow signs for Crans-sur-Sierre (road via Chermignon) and then «Parking Crans-Cry d'Er».


Large car park at base station of Cry d'Er gondola. Follow the local car park routeing in Crans-Montana.


We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)  

For certain walks:

  • Swimwear

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

For all hikes:

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on «Print» icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals.
  • Do not leave any waste in nature.

For mountain hikes:

  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.

For high-altitude hikes:

  • Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs: water levels may rise rapidly without warning.


The tourist office in Crans-Montana has got brochures and information material about hiking in the region.


SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1287 Sierre