Alpine Passes Trail

Among 4,000-metre giants

This spectacular long-distance hike links 14 of the most beautiful Alpine passes in Graubünden, Ticino and Valais. You can comfortably tackle the trail in sections: this is one of the finest.

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1st day:
Saas Fee–Grächen (19 km): The high trail between Saas-Fee and Grächen is a tough and challenging mountain trek, with plenty of exposed sections where you need a good head for heights. The trickier passages are fitted with cables; experienced hikers will negotiate them without difficulty. A breathtaking, dramatic and unforgettable experience.

2nd day:
Grächen–Gruben (23 km): If you were hiking the whole Alpine Passes Trail, you would reach the halfway point at the end of today. Stage 17 out of 34 leads from the sunny village of Grächen with its historic irrigation channels to the Turtmann valley – a hike of 11 hours. To save some energy for later in the day, you can skip the steep climb from St. Niklaus to Jungu by taking the cable car. The views are spectacular, framed by the mighty peaks of the Weisshorn and later the Dom (4,545 m).

3rd day:
Gruben–Zinal (22 km): This is a long stage, but it is also full of variety. The trail leads mostly above the treeline, from Gruben up to the Meid Pass, and down again into the Val d’Anniviers. Along the way, it passes the historic Hotel Weiss­horn, famous far and wide for its “gâteau aux myrtilles” – delectable bilberry cake.

Highlights & tips

  • Get a great night› sleep in car-free Saas-Fee at the Beau-Site, a member of Typically Swiss Hotels
  • The family resort of Grächen lies among typical Valais “bisses” (historic irrigation channels)
  • Just off the Alpine Passes Trail in St-Luc stands the Grand Hôtel Bella Tola, built in 1859
  • The simple but historic Hotel Weisshorn stands on the trail – and serves delicious fresh bilberry cake
  • The Zinal Glacier lies about two hours’ walk from the village, and offers a thrilling spectacle
  • Grimentz is said to be one of the most beautiful Swiss villages, famous for its geraniums

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