Via Valais Logistics

Navigating the Via Valais, a multi-day trail running tour connecting Verbier with Zermatt, Switzerland.

VERBIER TO ZERMATT

225 km  ||  14.000m+/-
9 STAGES

Linking two iconic Swiss mountain towns, Verbier and Zermatt, the Via Valais winds high above the most beautiful valleys of Switzerland's Valais region. The trail follows long sections of flowing singletrack, climbs up and over high passes, and has the option of daily bonus peaks.

Starting in the French speaking Valais, the route travels among the region's famous 4000ers and glaciers, through villages and valleys with distinct dialects and charms, crosses the Röstigraben into the Swiss-German speaking side of the region and finishes below the Matterhorn.

Start:  Getting to Verbier

The closest airport is Geneva Airport (GVA).

From either Geneva or Zurich airports, the connecting point is Martigny. Martigny is a 1 hour 45 minute journey from Geneva or 3 hours from Zurich.

From Martigny a regional train, the St. Bernard Express, travels to Le Châble just below Verbier. From there, a cable car or a post bus goes up to Verbier.

By road, Verbier is around 2 hours drive from Geneva, 3 hours from Zurich, and 1 hour each from Chamonix, France or Aosta, Italy.

Verbier and Val de Bagnes Tourism

Finish:  Leaving Zermatt

Returning to the airport from Zermatt, it takes 3.5 hours to Zurich and 4 hours back to Geneva. Change trains in Visp.

Zermatt is a car-free village. Driving can only get you as far as Täsch, where a 12 minute train shuttle connects Zermatt with Täsch every 20 minutes.

Zermatt Tourism



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9 STAGES


225 km  ||  14.000m+/-

STAGE 1    VERBIER TO CAB. D’ESSERTZE

29km  1119m+/1113m-   

STAGE 2    CAB. D’ESSERTZE TO CAB. AIGUILLE ROUGE

30km  1783m+/1178m-    

STAGE 3    CAB. AIGUILLE ROUGE TO CAB. BECS DE BOSSON

25km  2220m+/2052m-    

STAGE 4    CAB. BECS DE BOSSON TO CAB. DE MOIRY

17km  868m+/1025m-   

STAGE 5    CAB. DE MOIRY TO ZINAL

24km  1064m+/2215m-   

STAGE 6    ZINAL TO TURTMANN HUT

19km  1687m+/841m-    

STAGE 7    TURTMANN HUT TO RANDA

18km  1376m+/2453m-   

STAGE 8    RANDA TO MOUNTAIN LODGE ZE SEEWJINU

25km  2025m+/1171m-    

STAGE 9     MOUNTAIN LODGE ZE SEEWJINU TO ZERMATT

27km  1254m+/1942m-    

6 STAGES


140 km  ||  8.200m+/-

Starting from Crêt du Midi, this 6 stage option merges with the official route close to the end of STAGE 3 on the way to Becs de Bosson, continues through STAGE 4 to Moiry, and then follows the itinerary for STAGES 5-9. 

If you only have 1 week and don't want to double up the stages, this is a great option.

Info on arriving to Vercorin and the Crêt du Midi lift station here.

STAGE 1   CRÊT DU MIDI TO CAB. DE MOIRY 

26km  1611+/1111m-  

STAGE 2    CAB. DE MOIRY TO ZINAL

24km  1064m+/2215m-   

STAGE 3    ZINAL TO TURTMANN HUT

19km  1687m+/841m-    

STAGE 4    TURTMANN HUT TO RANDA

18km  1376m+/2453m-   

STAGE 5    RANDA TO MOUNTAIN LODGE ZE SEEWJINU

25km  2025m+/1171m-    

STAGE 6     MOUNTAIN LODGE ZE SEEWJINU TO ZERMATT

27km  1254m+/1942m-    




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Accommodations:

The overnights alternate between mountain huts and hotels in the valley towns. The huts are very comfortable, offer the ability to wash up, and provide great food and drinks. The first 4 nights are in huts, high above the valleys. They aren't exactly roughing it, and are incredible places to start and end the day.

Nights in town give you a chance to shower, have more flexibility with your food, and even indulge in some wellness if you choose.

Cabane d’Essertze

Cabane d’Aiguille Rouge

Cabane de Becs de Bosson

Cabane de Moiry

Zinal - hotel in town

Turtmann Hut

Randa - hotel in town

Mountain Lodge Ze Seewijnu

Zermatt - hotel in town

Towns:

There are several stages of the Via Valais that stay high in the mountains, traveling from hut to hut without passing through a town. These wild stages are part of the beauty of the route, but often require some planning ahead for food. Below is a list of the towns you will pass where you can restock your day food supply.

Verbier:  You can get everything you need for starting out in the resort town. Be sure to pack enough day food to last until the middle of Stage 3 when you'll pass through Evolène. The huts provide dinner and breakfast. You can also purchase day food and there are a few restaurants near ski infrastructure, but out on the trail you are on your own for food and water.

Evolène:  Midway through Stage 3, you'll pass through the town of Evolène before a strenuous uphill to Becs de Bosson. This is a great place to stop for lunch and to purchase extra day food from the Coop or other stores.

Zinal:  Finishing Stage 5, you reach the town of Zinal, well known for being the finish line of the Sierre-Zinal trail race, the race of the 4000ers. Besides its flowing trails and huge views, you can also buy extra food before starting out on the next stage.

Randa: The end is getting close, Stage 7 stops here, in the Mattertal. From Randa, you'll climb up to the Europaweg, which is your approach to Zermatt. You'll run a victory lap high above town on some of the best single track imaginable before descending to Zermatt.

Zermatt: You did it! Time to indulge.



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Useful Links:
  • Rega: Swiss Air Rescue, Emergency number: 1414. Rega also provides mountain rescue insurance.
Transportation:
  • SBB The Swiss train system
Bonus Peaks:

Each stage includes the option of a bonus peak. These not only add distance and altitude to the route, they also add some scrambling, and always fantastic views.

Le Crepon Blanc (2713m)

Mont de l’Etoile (3370m)

Becca de Lovégno (2769m)

Becs de Bosson (3148m)

Pigne de la Lé (3396m)

L’Omen Roso (3031m)

Üssers Barrhorn (3610m)

Oberrothorn (3414m)

Mettelhorn (3406m)

Valleys:

Each of the valleys has a unique architecture, character, and cuisine. For more info on the valleys that the Via Valais passes through, visit their individual Tourism offices.

Val de Bagnes

Val de Nendaz

Val d’Hérémence

Val d'Arolla

Val d’Hérens

Val d’Anniviers

Turtmanntal

Mattertal, Zermatt