Guidebook

Via Valais: Exciting 9-Day Trail in the Swiss Alps

The Swiss Alps Trail Running Grand Tour between Verbier and Zermatt with 4000-meter peaks, glaciers, and high alpine passes.

Description

Trail runners now have a Grand Tour in the Alps! It’s the running version of what skiers and hikers have long had: the Haute Route. But, this tour is designed by runners, for runners. We call it the Via Valais.

The nine-stage route moves through some of the Swiss Alps’ most beautiful terrain, traversing in and out of valleys rather than straight up and down. You'll run beneath numerous 4000-meter peaks, alongside glaciers, and over high alpine passes. It’s a trail runner’s dream tour that connects Verbier and Zermatt. The Via Valais is the trail runner's Haute Route.

Via Valais Stage 1: VERBIER TO CABANE D’ESSERTZE

Via Valais Stage 1: VERBIER TO CABANE D’ESSERTZE

Verbier
29.9 km
VERBIER TO CABANE D’ESSERTZE
Private
Via Valais Stage 2: CAB. D’ESSERTZE TO CAB. AIGUILLE ROUGE

Via Valais Stage 2: CAB. D’ESSERTZE TO CAB. AIGUILLE ROUGE

Verbier
30.8 km
CABANE D’ESSERTZE TO CABANE AIGUILLE ROUGE
Private
Via Valais Stage 3: CAB. AIGUILLE ROUGE TO CAB. BECS DE BOSSON

Via Valais Stage 3: CAB. AIGUILLE ROUGE TO CAB. BECS DE BOSSON

29.2 km
CABANE AIGUILLE ROUGE TO CABANE BECS DE BOSSON
Private
Via Valais Stage 4: CABANE BECS DE BOSSON TO CABANE DE MOIRY

Via Valais Stage 4: CABANE BECS DE BOSSON TO CABANE DE MOIRY

16.7 km
CABANE BECS DE BOSSON TO CABANE DE MOIRY
Private
Via Valais Stage 5: CABANE DE MOIRY TO ZINAL

Via Valais Stage 5: CABANE DE MOIRY TO ZINAL

22.9 km
CABANE DE MOIRY TO ZINAL
Private
Via Valais Stage 6: ZINAL TO TURTMANN HUT

Via Valais Stage 6: ZINAL TO TURTMANN HUT

Zinal
17.8 km
ZINAL TO TURTMANN HUT
Private
Via Valais Stage 7: TURTMANN HUT TO RANDA

Via Valais Stage 7: TURTMANN HUT TO RANDA

17.6 km
TURTMANN HUT TO RANDA
Private
Via Valais Stage 8: RANDA TO MOUNTAIN LODGE ZE SEEWJINU

Via Valais Stage 8: RANDA TO MOUNTAIN LODGE ZE SEEWJINU

The Mischabel Range
24.4 km
RANDA TO MOUNTAIN LODGE ZE SEEWJINU
Private
Via Valais Stage 9: MOUNTAIN LODGE ZE SEEWJINU TO ZERMATT

Via Valais Stage 9: MOUNTAIN LODGE ZE SEEWJINU TO ZERMATT

Zermatt
25.2 km
MOUNTAIN LODGE ZE SEEWJINU TO ZERMATT
Private