Hiking The Swiss Valais
Level 1: You have never practiced.
Level 2: You have some initial experience.
Level 3: You practice occasionally.
Level 4: You practice regularly.
Level 5: You have a sustained practice.
Explore the Tour du Wildstrubel, a high-altitude trek through the majestic Alpine massifs, offering breathtaking panoramas of the grand and legendary peaks of Valais. At the foot of the largest glaciers in the Alps, amidst villages steeped in tradition, you will journey through landscapes that have fueled your Alpine imagination.
Benefit from the knowledge of our mountain leaders without worrying about the logistics. You carry your weekly belongings in your backpack to fully enjoy the mountains. Accommodation in hostels or refuges. Nights in dormitories. We use the local transport for the transfers and supplies are obtained in either the mountain villages or at the accommodation.
A private engagement is the historical relationship that binds a mountain leader to their clients. It allows you to be alone or in your own group with your mountain leader who will meet your specific needs.It is undoubtedly the ideal formula realise your projects because it guarentees you a maximum amount of comfort. You are free to choose your departure date (subject to the availability in the accommodation). Depending on the weather conditions, the proposed route can be adjusted according to your level and expectations, the professional can suggest alternatives to the itinerary.
Prices 2024 :
1 person : 5775€ per person | 7 people : 1640€ par person
2 people : 3365€ par person | 8 people : 1555€ par person
3 people : 2560€ par person | 9 people : 1490€ par person
4 people : 2160€ par person | 10 people : 1435€ par person
5 people : 1915€ par person | 11 people : 1390€ par person
6 people : 1755€ par person | 12 perople : 1355€ par person
The price includes :
- the organization and supervision by a state qualified trekking guide
- half-board accommodation in either a basic hotel or gîte in a mixed dormitory
- picnic lunches
- transfers throughout the hike
Not included in the price :
- drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- repatriation insurance (compulsory). Cancellation Insurance highly recommended
In this section, find all the information about this activity. For further information, please contact our advisor (contact details above).
Meeting point : Meet at 7.30am at the Compagnie des Guides office, 190 Place de l’Eglise, 74400 Chamonix
Level : 5/5 - The Tour du Wildstrubel is a challenging and demanding hiking trail. It involves an ascent of over 3,200 feet and requires an average of 7 to 9 hours of walking per day. The stages are long and strenuous and may take place at high altitudes. Typically, you'll need to carry your own gear for the duration of the trek. This hike takes place on mountain terrain that can be difficult, with challenging sections that require extensive experience in alpine hiking. This program is intended for highly experienced hikers in excellent physical condition.
Guiding policy : minimum 6 and maximum 12 people per guide. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.
Important: Registration possible from 16 years of age. Registration is not permitted to anyone under the age of 18 without a legal guardian.
- During the trip : 4 nights half board in small inns or hotels. Each hiker carries all their personal belongings and picnic for the entire trek.
- Before & after the trip : benefit from preferential prices from our partner hotels in Chamonix. If you wish to receive information just ask the Randonnée department.
- Participants must have sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up.
- Participants must also take valid ID with them.
Preparing for the trip : There is an information meeting with your mountain leader the day before departure at 6pm at the Compagnie des Guides Office.
We recommend that you take special care in choosing your equipment because it contributes greatly to the success of your trip. As alpine conditions can be highly variable with sudden changes, it can get very cold in altitude, it is preferable to have numerous layers rather than one thick piece of clothing. It is not uncommon to have snow in the middle of summer, do not skimp on warm clothes even if the weather seems favourable. Contrarily, the sun can be scorching hot. Without weighing too much, you should always have sufficient equipment in your backpack to deal with the capricious and severe weather.
- A backpack with a capacity of at least 40 litres (better too big than too small). Make sure you have enough space for the picnic. A small tip in case it rains : even if you have a backpack cover, always protect your belongings in a plastic bag (a big rubbish bag) inside your backpack.
- A pair of top-quality hiking boots with Vibram soles. For new shoes, we strongly suggest that you wear them beforehand to mold them to the shape of your foot. If you are prone to blisters : talcum powder applied to dry feet and in your shoes before you start your days hiking.
For added comfort regarding underwear, (t-shirts, boxers, socks), avoid cotton which is heavy, cold and dries very slowly. Opt for synthetic technical fabrics or wool, which is making a comeback. They are warmer and dry quickly.
For the day :
- 1 short-sleeved t-shirt
- 1 long-sleeved t-shirt (technical fabric)
- 1 polar fleece
- 1 light down jacket (or a second fleece)
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 pair of hiking trousers
- 1 pair of hiking socks (technical fabric)
- 1 Goretex jacket (waterproof windbreaker)
- 1 poncho (large rain cover that fits over your pack) or 1 pack cover
- 1 pair of waterproof trousers (although light Gore-tex trousers are expensive, other types of light waterproof trousers will do)
- Sun hat or baseball cap
- 1 warm hat
- 1 pair of gloves
For the entire trip :
- At least 2 changes of clothes - t-shirt, underwear & socks (technical fabric)
- 1 pair of long underwear (technical fabric)
- 1 pair of ultra-light shoes (i.e. flip flops, slippers)
- optional : short gators (start of the season)
For the day :
- Sun cream and lip salve
- 1 water bottle (minimum 1 litre but 1.5 litres is better)
- 1 knife
- 1 fork (type "spork")
- 1 pair of telescopic poles
For the entire trip :
- 1 sleeping bag liner
- Flashlight or headlight
- Personal pharmacy : elastoplast, (stretchable strapping tape), band-aids "second skin" kit, compresses, medicines for common ailments : diarrhea, constipation, sore throat, headaches, pain relief, allergies and any prescribed medication. The mountain leader always carries a first aid kit with them. Remember that packing light is essential.
- Toiletries, hand towel, earplugs
- Identification (passport or ID card)
- Money for your personal expenses
- A bit of soap for laundry
Our Rental Partners : You can rent your equipment with our rental shops partners and benefit from special price Sanglard Sports, Ravanel & Co & Concept Pro Shop
Our Equipment Partners : Millet, Dynastar, Julbo, Grivel & Monnet
Day 1 : Lake Tseuzier - Iffigenalp
After an early morning transfer that takes us to the Swiss Valais region, we start our hike along the shores of Lake Tseuzier. Quickly, we find ourselves in a typical Swiss alpine meadow, which we ascend with all the peaks of the Valais in the background. Upon reaching the Col de Rawill, we begin our descent amidst waterfalls and lush pastures towards Iffigenalp. Transfer to Simmenfalle, where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain: 2625 feet - descent: 3117 feet - Distance: 8.1 miles
Day 2 : Simmenfalle - Ammertepass (2443m) - Engstigenalp
A magnificent day awaits us at the foot of the Wildstrubel, first along the water, then in an increasingly rocky environment as we approach the Ammertepass (8,031 feet). From there, we glimpse the suspended valley that will welcome us for the night at Engstigenalp.
Elevation gain: 4300 feet - descent: 1600 feet - Distance: 6.2 miles
Day 3 : Engstigenalp - Chindbettipass - Kandersteg
We depart from our lofty inn to climb towards the Chindbettipass. Then, we head left along the Entschligegrat ridge to begin the descent towards Kandersteg, along the Alpbach stream.
Elevation gain: 2300 feet - descent: 4600 feet - Distance: 8.7 miles
Day 4 : Kandersteg - Leukerbad
We set out in the same direction as the previous day, but this time, we ascend through a different valley towards Lake Daubensee (7,238 feet), a marvelous body of water suspended in the heart of the Oberland. The ascent continues towards the Gemmipass, a prime location for observing the Bearded Vulture, the largest vulture in the Alps. Then, we descend towards Leukerbad, where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain: 3900 feet - descent: 3300 feet - Distance: 9.9 miles
Day 5 : Leukerbad - Aminona
This final day allows us to conclude our journey in the most beautiful way: by crossing the lush alpine meadows of Valais. On the south face of the Wildstrubel, we traverse the valley in the direction of our starting point. This day offers many possibilities and exit points, and it will be up to the guide to arrange a meeting with the taxi at the point that best suits your fitness level for the day.
Elevation gain: 3600 feet - descent: 3300 feet - Distance: 11 miles
This program can be modified at any time by the supervising professional based on weather conditions and/or the technical and physical abilities of the participants.
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