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Via Valais Verbier-Zermatt

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  • Third leg through the Val d'Hérens
    Third leg through the Val d'Hérens
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From Verbier to Zermatt, this 225-kilometre, nine-stage route offers sports enthusiasts 14,000 metres of uphill in the heart of a grandiose setting surrounded by incredible views.

This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

closed
difficult
Distance 308.2 km
69:15 h
18,498 m
18,537 m
3,346 m
688 m
Travel between rocky passes and intensely green valleys from Verbier to Zermatt, through larch forests and juniper bushes, across vast expanses and along icy blue glaciers. Be sure to observe the changes in landscape, language, cuisine and culture as you move through the valleys. This high altitude route for trail runners does not follow the most direct line from start to finish, but skirts the buttresses, choosing the most picturesque and practicable paths through the Valais in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Each leg finishes in a charming mountain village or in a hut if the route continues at high altitude.

Author’s recommendation

Carry only what is strictly necessary. The system of huts and the passage through different villages will allow you to restock your supplies.
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Author
Josianne Jaggi
Update: May 11, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Schöllijoch, 3,346 m
Lowest point
Evolène, 688 m
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Track types

Asphalt 1.03%Forested/wild trail 35.07%Path 59.32%Road 3.07%Secured trail 0.12%Unknown 1.35%
Asphalt
3.2 km
Forested/wild trail
108.1 km
Path
182.9 km
Road
9.5 km
Secured trail
0.4 km
Unknown
4.2 km
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Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at your 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 trails:

  • Use marked trails only, and take note of all signposting – for both your own safety as well as that of grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Please treat other trail users, as well as the plants and animals, with respect.

 

For mountain trails:

  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at high altitudes. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan your trail carefully: take the fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season into consideration.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In case of uncertain weather conditions, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.
  • Take note of warning signs indicating the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs: water levels may rise rapidly without warning.

Tips and hints

More information about the destination:

Start

Les Ruinettes (Verbier) (2,191 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'585'619E 1'104'392N
DD
46.090888, 7.252713
DMS
46°05'27.2"N 7°15'09.8"E
UTM
32T 364925 5105629
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Destination

Zermatt

Turn-by-turn directions

This nine-leg trail, each covering between 20 and 30 kilomtres, starts above Verbier and leads to Zermatt. The Via Valais runs at high altitude, in the heart of the mountains, following marked hiking trails between passes, peaks and huts. The route allows itself a small amount of tar as it passes through certain villages worth visiting. Once you have left Verbier, the villages of Evolène, Zinal and Randa are the only other villages directly on the route before reaching Zermatt. 

 

Verbier - Cabane d'Essertze - Cabane des Aiguilles Rouges - Cabane des Becs de Bosson - Cabane de Moiry - Zinal - Turtmann Hut - Randa - Mountain Lodge Ze Seewijnu - Zermatt

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the train to Martigny station, then to Le Châble. Take the gondola lift between Le Châble and Verbier, followed by a second one from Verbier to Les Ruinettes.

After completing the ninth leg of the Via Valais, there are frequent trains from Zermatt to everywhere in Switzerland.

Getting there

Take the A9/E62 motorway to Martigny, then continue on the Route du Grand-Saint-Bernard/Route 21 via Sembrancher to Le Châble.

It is advisable however to use public transport as this is a multi-leg route that ends in Zermatt.

Parking

240 free parking spaces are available at the Le Châble Aerial Cableway station for a maximum of ten days.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'585'619E 1'104'392N
DD
46.090888, 7.252713
DMS
46°05'27.2"N 7°15'09.8"E
UTM
32T 364925 5105629
w3w 
///biggest.amplified.thinkers
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Verbier will provide information regarding trail running in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps:

1:50’000 Hiking: 5003 Mont Blanc – Grand Combin 

1:50’000 Hiking: 5006 Matterhorn – Mischabel 

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • Good footwear
  • Weather-appropriate clothing: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • Hat or peak cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Hiking poles

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Status
closed
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
308.2 km
Duration
69:15 h
Ascent
18,498 m
Descent
18,537 m
Highest point
3,346 m
Lowest point
688 m
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