Favorite Hikes and More in Switzerland's Valais Region (#2431)

Date and Time

Sunday, August 25, 2024 - Thursday, September 5, 2024




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What happens when one combines one of the most visually exciting sections of the Haute Route, the popular, classic trek from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland, with an exploration of the mountains surrounding one of Switzerland's most attractive alpine valleys? It would result in this trip, which starts by a luggage supported trek from Sierre to Grimentz and ends with spectacular day hiking in the Saas valley. It should be no surprise that the Canton of Valais, located in southwestern Switzerland, would encompass all of our travels. After all, it has more 4,000-meter peaks than anywhere else in Western Europe: the Dom, the highest mountain entirely in Switzerland, stands majestically above the charming, car-free village of Saas-Fee. Together, we will experience the Valais in all its glory: we will hike every day in this tranquil, almost unworldly alpine paradise across varied terrain, with views of glaciers and snow-covered mountains. We will watch for wildlife, such as marmots and ibex. Our holiday also includes time for exploring the cultural and historical aspects of this region. In Sierre, we will become acquainted with this major wine growing region via a walk through vineyard paths to the regional wine museum. In Grimentz, we will tour the main village which consists entirely of 16th century structures of traditional Swiss chalet architecture - rich wooden weatherboarding, gabled roofs and carved ornaments - and learn about mountain life in those times. As we climb to arguably the most spectacularly-set mountain hut in all of Switzerland, Cabane de Moiry, we will walk adjacent to one of Switzerland's high mountain dammed lakes, a major source of hydroelectric power. For this 12-day, 11-night holiday, we have arranged luggage transfer during our trek from Sierre to Grimentz, comfortable traditional accommodations, group meals that highlight the local Swiss-German cuisine, and transportation via cable car, gondola, funicular, bus, and train. Join us!

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Adult: $3,950 member / $4,050 non-member

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Valais region of Switzerland




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Steve Cohen has been an active AMC adventure travel leader since 2012. He has led 19 hiking/ trekking-oriented Adventure Travel trips to such destinations the Haute Route (from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland), the Alta Via II through the Italian Dolomites, the tour of the Jungfrau region (Switzerland), Patagonia, the high mountains huts of Austria, etc. He lived in Europe for four years and is fluent in both French and German. Steve is chair of Adventure Travel.


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Michelle is an Assoc. Leader with the AMC's Adventure Travel program. She has summited the Northeast's 115 4,000-footers, and NH's 48 4,000-footers in winter; section-hiked the ~260-mi New England Trail; and adventured in 30+ U.S. national parks and ~30 countries. She pursues her wanderlust via solo and group travel and hiking, and has an affinity for the polar regions having visited Greenland, Iceland, and Antarctica. She is a certified Leave No TraceTM Trainer and Wilderness First Responder.