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Walking the Valais Matterhorn Region

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    twin-centre
  • Activity level
  • From $1799per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2023  
  • Departures
    Daily departures from 20 Jun '23 to 31 Oct '23
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights twin-centre accommodation in hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Upgrade to 4* hotels
  • Add luggage transfer from Brig to Saas-Fee
  • Suitable for
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, high peaks

Switzerland: Valais

Walking the Valais Matterhorn Region

  • Explore an abundance of exquisite trails, leading to great glaciers and 4,000m summits
  • Stay in the historical town of Brig and the quintessential mountain village of Saas-Fee
  • Journey to Zermatt, home of the legendary Matterhorn, accompanied by the emblematic Swiss ibex
  • Upgrade to 4* accommodation in Brig & Saas-Fee - quote W07VP

Nestled in the heart of the Alps, the beautiful region of Valais ensures that all walking enthusiasts are spoilt for choice. With more than 8,000km of exceptional trails, you can expect spectacular mountain landscapes, wildflower valleys, and dramatic glaciers - there are countless options to appreciate the beauty of this pristine natural world.

We've chosen two bases for your stay, located in the historical town of Brig and the charming mountain village of Saas-Fee. From both bases, you can experience the very best of what the area has to offer including the Great Aletsch Glacier, Zermatt home of the Matterhorn, the famous thermal spa resort of Leukerbad, and exhilarating suspension bridges with views to the mighty 4,000m peaks.

At our 3* hotels, you'll enjoy traditional Swiss hospitality, comfortable rooms, and local cuisine as you relax after a day exploring the charm of Valais.



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If you have any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day-by-day itinerary



We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1: Arrive in Brig

Arrive in the historical town of Brig. Known for its 17th century castle, Brig rests at the foot of the Simplon pass leading to the Italian border.
Overnight Schlosshotel 3*, Brig (breakfast included).

Day 2: Around Aletsch Glacier (15KM/9.5MILES)

Begin your adventure into Valais with a walk to the Great Aletsch Glacier. Shaped by the everlasting ice, colourful alpine flora, and an idyllic glacial lake, this will be an early highlight of your trip. To start your walk, take the train to Betten Valley followed by a short cable car to Bettermerhorn. From here, you'll descend on a gentle trail as you head towards the Gletscherstube mountain hut, always with the Great Aletsch Glacier in your sights.

Please note, this route takes you through a tunnel for approx. 20 minutes; we'd recommend carrying a torch.
Overnight Schlosshotel 3*, Brig (breakfast included).

Day 3: Edelweiss Trail Zermatt (20KM/13.5MILES)

Leading to one of the finest vantage points in the Zermatt region, this spectacular trail reveals the beautiful, protected edelweiss flowers amongst the alpine pastures. Climb up to Trift where the pinnacle of the great Matterhorn unexpectedly emerges from behind a hilltop. Continue to one of Zermatt’s finest viewpoints at Höhbalmen where the panorama of the north face of the Matterhorn is simply breath-taking. Return to Brig on the train from Zermatt.
Overnight Schlosshotel 3*, Brig (breakfast included).

Day 4: Glacier Trail from Leukerbad (10KM/6.5MILES)

Discover the dramatic rocky alpine terrain around the Wildstrubel massif as you journey to the Lammeren mountain refuge. This route crosses Lammerenboden plateau from Gemmi Pass with its mounds of schist and calcareous rock. Upon reaching the Glacier Trail, you'll notice numerous information stations providing fascinating notes on the geology, biology, and landscape features of this unique environment. With any luck, you'll spot some of the ibex that regularly gather in the vicinity of the Lammeren mountain refuge.
Overnight Parkhotel 3*, Saas Fee (breakfast included).

Day 5: The Golden Madonna Pass (15KM/9.5MILES)

Beginning at the Mattmark dam, your path leads you up to Monto-Moro pass, marking the border with Italy. Here at the Swiss/Italian border is where the Golden Statue of Mary watches over. Bending around the lake, you'll follow this historic trail before reaching the pass with incredible views of the majestic Monte Rosa. Return to Mattmark dam and follow the path back round to the bus stop. A short bus ride will bring you back to Saas-Fee.
Overnight Parkhotel 3*, Saas Fee (breakfast included).

Day 6: Ibex Trail & ascent to the Mallig (10KM/6.5MILES)

Hike from the top of the Hannig gondola to the panoramic Mallig at 2,700m with a great chance of spotting the emblematic ibex wild goats with their magnificent, curved horns. As you zig-zag up the slopes of the Mallig, you'll pass old avalanche defences and an ancient glacier moraine before being rewarded with spectacular views of the Saastal valley and the 4,000m summits that frame Saas-Fee, including the glaciated Mischabel massif with the Dom at 4,545m (the highest peak located entirely within Switzerland!).
Overnight Parkhotel 3*, Saas Fee (breakfast included).

Day 7: Hohenweg Almagelleralp (11KM/7MILES)

This exhilarating walk offers breath-taking views along the Saastal valley towards the glaciated Mischabel massif. Follow the trail round to the Triftgratji ridge with incredible views of the Mattmark valley and beyond. You'll experience part of the alpine flower trail which showcases around 240 species of flowers before heading into the wild Almagellertal. After two suspension footbridges, your walk ends along the Almagell adventure trail and down a steep path across the rock face.
Overnight Parkhotel 3*, Saas Fee (breakfast included).

Day 8: Langfluh/Saas-Fee and depart for home (6KM/4MILES)

If you have time before departing Saas-Fee, this short walk traverses the impressive glaciers of the Saas and Mischabel ranges with views towards the Dom. Captivated by the beauty of your surroundings, you may want to stop for a moment at Langfluh Hut; you might even spot some cheeky marmots on your path back to Saas-Fee. Alternatively, enjoy a relaxing morning in your alpine hotel before leaving for Brig and onward home.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Schlosshotel 3*, Brig

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A lovely family run hotel in the centre of Brig, Schlosshotel has an interesting history. In the mid 1970’s, this spot housed an old forge before it was transformed into what we now know as the castle hotel. With incredible views of Stockalper Castle, this self-check in hotel is within walking distance of numerous restaurants.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Parkhotel 3*, Saas-Fee

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Set in a central location within Saas-Fee, this family run chalet style hotel ensures all guests feel right at home. Their hotel restaurant serves fresh produce and delicacies from the region, paired with a selective wine list.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Travel

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. However, as this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Twin-centre accommodation in hotels

All breakfasts

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

GPS route directions and maps

Headwater navigation app


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form.

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Daily departures from 20th Jun 2023 to 31st Oct 2023, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the appropriate 'Check availability' button above to complete our holiday enquiry form, we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you.

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links above to complete our holiday enquiry form.

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