Walking in the Valais

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The Pennine Alps in the Valais region of Switzerland contain more 4000m peaks than anywhere else in Western Europe and some of the greats: the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Dent Blanche and Grand Combin, all surrounded by idyllic valleys and hillsides dotted with chalets, hay barns and hardy little alpine flowers as well as pristine snowfields and glaciers. This guide describes 111 day walks and 10 multi-day, long-distance treks, exploring this whole area and suitable for a wide range of abilities. The network of ...

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Walking in the Valais - Switzerland: 120 walks and treks

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Overview

The Pennine Alps in the Valais region of Switzerland contain more 4000m peaks than anywhere else in Western Europe and some of the greats: the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Dent Blanche and Grand Combin, all surrounded by idyllic valleys and hillsides dotted with chalets, hay barns and hardy little alpine flowers as well as pristine snowfields and glaciers. This guide describes 111 day walks and 10 multi-day, long-distance treks, exploring this whole area and suitable for a wide range of abilities. The network of walking trails in this popular region is excellent but the infrastructure is unbeatable, with excellent public transport and a wide range of good-quality accommodation from simple mountain huts to grand hotels in bases such as Saas Fee, Zermatt and Arolla. Walks are arranged valley by valley and accompanied by full information about the valley bases, mountain huts, access and facilities as well as practical information for walkers new to trekking or walking in Switzerland.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852843885
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kev Reynolds is a freelance writer, photojournalist and lecturer. A prolific compiler of guidebooks, his first title for Cicerone Press appeared in 1978; he has since produced 27 titles for Cicerone, with others being researched. A member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild, the Alpine Club and Austrian Alpine Club, his passion for mountains and the countryside remains undiminished, and he regularly travels throughout Britain to share that enthusiasm through his lectures.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition 9
Mountain Safety 11
Introduction 13
The Valais Region 16
The Valleys 18
Getting There 24
Transport Within the Valais 26
Accommodation 28
Weather 30
Notes for Walkers 32
Safety Check-List 34
Suggested Equipment List 35
Recommended Maps 36
Using the Guide 37
Grading of Walks 39
Information at a Glance 39
Routes
Bettmeralp - Routes 1-3 41
Bettmeralp
Riederalp
Fiesch
The Lotschental - Routes 4-11 50
Kippel
Wiler
Blatten
The Saastal - Routes 12-31 68
Saas Grund
Saas Almagell
Saas Fee
The Mattertal - Routes 32-59 111
St Niklaus
Grachen
Randa
Tasch
Zermatt
The Turtmanntal - Routes 60-62 167
Gruben-Meiden
Val d'Anniviers - Routes 63-81 177
Zinal
Grimentz
Val d'Herens - Routes 82-95 218
Evolene
Les Hauderes
Arolla
Val de Nendaz - Routes 96-97 249
Haute Nendaz
Siviez
Val de Bagnes - Routes 98-101 225
Sembrancher
Verbier
Le Chable
Fionnay
Val Ferret - Routes 102-109 268
Champex
Orsieres
La Fouly
Valle du Trient - Routes 110-112 285
Trient
Multi-Day Tours - Routes 113-120 294
Appendix A Useful Addresses 303
Appendix B Bibliography 305
Appendix C Glossary 308
Appendix D Route Index 312
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