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Walking in Arolla and Zinal

Walks and short treks in the Val d'Hérens and Val d'Anniviers in the Swiss Valais

Guidebook describing 35 mountain walks in the beautiful scenery of Val d’Herens and Val d’Anniviers, located to the west of Zermatt. Surrounded by peaks and glaciers the graded walks include traditional villages, lakes and superb views. Most of the walks are of medium difficulty using well-maintained mountain paths. Two multi-day treks are outlined, combining the day-walks described.


Best for walking from mid-June to the end of September, when snow has melted, and mountain huts and main services are open.


Arolla, Zinal, Evolène, Les Haudères, Grimentz.


Includes a range of routes, mainly mountain walking on good paths. A few walks involving exposure and aided sections are clearly indicated.

Must See

Dent Blanche, Weisshorn, Ober Gabelhorn, Pigne d’Arolla, Lac des Dix, Lac de Moiry, Pas de Chèvres, Ferpècle valley, Moiry icefall, Lac Bleu, traditional buildings, Planets trail, Grand Dixance barrage, Tour de Val d’Hérens, Tour of the Cabanes Val d’Anniviers.
19 Jun 2024
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.10cm

A guidebook to 35 day walks and 2 multi-day hikes in Switzerland’s Arolla and Zinal. Exploring the beautiful scenery of Val d’Herens and Val d’Anniviers, west of Zermatt, the routes are generally long and high but on well-maintained paths, with some calling for a good head for heights.

Day walks range from 9 to 22km (6–14 miles) and can be enjoyed in 2–10 hours. The routes are graded allowing you to choose routes suitable for your ability. Two multi-day hikes are also outlined, combining the day walks described.

  • 1:50,000 maps are included for each walk
  • GPX files available to download
  • Detailed information on planning, facilities and public transport
  • Highlights include Dent Blanche and Lac Bleu

Table of Contents
Lesley Williams Cicerone author LWILLIAMS

By Lesley Williams

Originally from Oxfordshire, Lesley's lifelong passion for walking, trekking and, more recently, cycle touring has taken her to many corners of the UK, Europe and occasionally further afield. Although now mostly retired, she has been a director of Cicerone for over 25 years, leading its sales and marketing team. Lesley is a qualified marketing professional, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the author of Walking the Tour of the Lake District. Lesley shares a passion for alpine walking and trekking with husband Jonathan and together they have written several guidebooks. Based between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, they relish every excuse to spend days exploring and writing.

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Jonathan Williams Cicerone author JWILL

By Jonathan Williams

A proud Yorkshireman, Jonathan first climbed a mountain before he was born. Although he first met Lesley at sea, they have spent many years exploring mountains and trails in Britain and Europe. After nearly 25 years as Cicerone's publisher and managing director, he now supports the team whilst exploring, updating and writing guides. He has developed UK guides and walked throughout Europe, but his special subject is the Alps and Switzerland. He has worked on guidebooks including Chamonix to Zermatt: the Walker's Haute Route, Trekking in the Vanoise, the Swiss Via Alpina and the Tour du Mont Blanc, as well as walking guides to Zermatt and Saas Fee, Arolla and Zinal and the Bernese Oberland.

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