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    High Road to Zinal in the Beautiful Val D'Anniviers

    Tignousa (St-Luc) - Chalet Blanc - Hotel Weisshorn - Berneuza Alpage - Zinal

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    High Road to Zinal in the Beautiful Val D'Anniviers

    Tignousa (St-Luc) - Chalet Blanc - Hotel Weisshorn - Berneuza Alpage - Zinal

    Published on 05.11.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 29.10.2016

    The Anniviers Valley (Val d'Anniviers) in Canton Valais must surely be one of the more beautiful and yet lesser known side valleys of the Rhône Valley. The atmosphere here is very family-oriented and it is a place where Swiss people tend to holiday, and is less known among foreign visitors. The valley is dotted with quaint little villages with lovely chalets and old stalls dating back to the 15th century. The ski area at the back of the valley (Zinal) is training ground for the Swiss Ski Team.

    The ride up into the valley is an experience in itself, as the bus from Sierre to Vissoie winds along a narrow road with several switchbacks and sections of road along incredibly steep ravines.

    The High Trail from St. Luc to Zinal starts with a Funicular ride to Tignousa, and then a nice walk along an unpaved road, switching then to typical mountain trails with an uphill stretch to the Weisshorn Hotel (the hotel gets its name from the white rock in this area, of which boulders dot the hillsides). The Hotel is a family destination as this stretch is also called the "Planet Trail" with all kinds of information about our solar system.

    Around the corner from the Hotel, before continuing on the trail South, there is a short side road over the rise which is worth taking to get a fantastic view of the "Tsa du Toûno", an upper plain ringed on all sides with hills and dominated by the peak called Le Toûno.

    From the Hotel the rest of the tour to Zinal continues along very well-maintained and interesting trails, passing several impressive man-made avalanche dams, and always with most fantastic views of the 4000+ mountains Zinal Rothorn and Dent Blanche at the back of the valley. A special treat is if you do this tour in autumn, as the yellowing larches give the impression of a landscape on fire, and the tops of the mountains are already covered in snow, providing a brilliant contrast.

    I would count this as one of the best hikes in Switzerland with one exception only: The final 400m descent into Zinal is very steep and hard on the knees, and requires about 40 minutes. On the plus side: the descent is through cool and lovely forests. And it's encouraging to remember that the athletes train here by running this steep stretch at full speed!

     

     

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    Published on 05.11.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 29.10.2016

    Route Details 

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    Region
    Valais
    Time Required
    5 hours
    Distance
    17 km
    Ascent
    487 m
    Descent
    1004 m
    Season Start / Season End
    June - October
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Panorama
    Experience
    Starting Point
    Summit Station of St-Luc - Tignousa Funicular
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Destination
    Zinal
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Tignousa, Hotel Weisshorn (till 1st week Oct), Zinal
    Things to Note
    The St-Luc Funicular runs from end of Mai to 2nd of November. The final 1.5 km down to Zinal are fairly steep, you need to allow for 45 minutes.

    Route Description 

    From the bus stop "St-Luc, Bella Tola" it is about a 700m (approx. 12-minute) walk through the pretty village of St-Luc to the base station of the Funicular.

    00:00 Hike starts at the summit station of the St.-Luc Funicular (Tignousa). Head in the direction of Hotel Weisshorn (note that the trail markers here claim that the time to Zinal ia 4 hrs. 20 minutes, but expect close to 5 hours).

    00:20 Reach the junction at Chalet Blanc. You can stay on the lower unpaved road trail, or go up above the building to a meadow trail. Both trails meet 7 minutes later.

    00:55 Reach junction at "Toûno Le Chiesso". Continue toward Hotel Weisshorn.

    01:30 Reach Hotel Weisshorn. There is a picnic area here. Just around the bend, though, you can leave the trail a bit for a grandiose view into the high plain to the East "Tsa du Toûno". From here follow the trail direction "Zinal"

    02:20 Reach the junction at Bella Lé. Continue toward Zinal (note that the trail markers claims 2 hours, but it is closer to 2.5 hrs).

    03:15 Arrive "Barneuza Alpage". Continue along the trail toward the back of the valley.

    03:45 Here the trail goes down to the right into the forest, first a steep zigzag trail, then a straight less steep trail, before the real steep descent starts.

    04:00 Arrive at the junction where you meet the trail from above. From here it is quite steep downhill for the next 35 minutes until you reach the first buildings in Zinal.

    04:45 Reach the Bus Stop (Poste) in Zinal.

     

     

     

     

    Eine von den besten.... Super Höhenweg und nicht schwierig, mit super Aussichten.
    Hiked on 29.10.2016 by GabrielleMerk
    Eine von den besten.... Super Höhenweg und nicht schwierig, mit super Aussichten.

     

     

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