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High Passes of the Valais

A journey to Switzerland’s iconic peak
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • cross dramatic mountain passes
  • walk the best of Matterhorn region
  • explore classic routes and little-used trails

The Valais in southern Switzerland is home not only to one of the country’s most revered peaks, the Matterhorn, but also to a group of mountains known as the Pennine Alps. Stretching between the Simplon and Grand St Bernard passes, the range encompasses over thirty four-thousand-metre-plus peaks and thus provides stunning panoramas.

This journey from the Bernese Oberland, crossing the Rhône Valley’s vineyards before heading into the massive peaks of the Pennine Alps, is as dramatic and varied as it gets, with the Matterhorn as the icing on the cake.
     
Eric Kendall, Inntravel route-finder

It is these awe-inspiring mountains – mere blips on the skyline when you first enter the Valais – that are your target, representing the end of your journey across southern Switzerland towards the Italian border. And what a journey it is. Starting in the Bernese Oberland, you enter the Valais via an ancient trading route, then cross the Rhône Valley, whose swathes of vines seem incongruous with the mountain scenery. South of this great river, more classic Alpine scenery – and spectacular high passes – await, so that arrival in Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn brings a real sense of achievement.

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