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
1,290 m
1,289 m
VERBIER TO CABANE D’ESSERTZE
Difficult
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
1,698 m
1,053 m
CABANE D’ESSERTZE TO CABANE AIGUILLE ROUGE
Difficult
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
2,307 m
2,169 m
CABANE AIGUILLE ROUGE TO CABANE BECS DE BOSSON
Severe
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
807 m
965 m
CABANE BECS DE BOSSON TO CABANE DE MOIRY
Difficult
Private
Via Valais Stage 5: CABANE DE MOIRY TO ZINAL

Via Valais Stage 5: CABANE DE MOIRY TO ZINAL

22.9 km
832 m
1,988 m
CABANE DE MOIRY TO ZINAL
Difficult
Private
Via Valais Stage 6: ZINAL TO TURTMANN HUT

Via Valais Stage 6: ZINAL TO TURTMANN HUT

Zinal
17.8 km
1,691 m
841 m
ZINAL TO TURTMANN HUT
Difficult
Private
Via Valais Stage 7: TURTMANN HUT TO RANDA

Via Valais Stage 7: TURTMANN HUT TO RANDA

17.6 km
1,184 m
2,294 m
TURTMANN HUT TO RANDA
Extreme
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
1,979 m
1,096 m
RANDA TO MOUNTAIN LODGE ZE SEEWJINU
Difficult
Private
Via Valais Stage 9: MOUNTAIN LODGE ZE SEEWJINU TO ZERMATT

Via Valais Stage 9: MOUNTAIN LODGE ZE SEEWJINU TO ZERMATT

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
25.3 km
1,192 m
1,869 m
MOUNTAIN LODGE ZE SEEWJINU TO ZERMATT
Difficult
Private