Mountain tours

 

Since 1995 I’m doing hiking and trekking tours in the alps. Skiing tours became important 
in winter time. My favourite destinations are “three-thousanders”, mountains with an altitude 
of more than 3000 m.a.s. At second priority are the wild valleys of the southern side of the alps 
(I call them transmedialaterals). Rarely I climb on glacier-mountains of over 4000 m. Tours by
bicycle over nice passes are lucky too in my opinion. 

 My interests are 
 located in these areas:
 
   O  Alps of Bern
   O  Alps of Valais
   O  Upper Ticino
   O  Transmedialaterals / Lower Ticino
    O  Engadin

 
Some tours I would like to recommend. There are peaks, which are reachable with a medium shape and on 
beautiful routes. The peaks are mostly not very popular.

 

Mont Gelé

On the border between Switzerland 
(canton Valais) and Italy. In the end of 
Val de Bagnes, you can walk up to Fenêtre
du Durand (2797 m). From the first Italian 
alp, you can hike up over gravel, flat rocks 
and snow to Mont Gelé (3518 m).  
 
Region: Alps of Valais / type: hiking

 

Barrhorn

It’s probably the highest mountain 
in Switzerland, where one can walk 
up without crossing a glacier. At 
the end of Turtmann-valley there is 
a cottage (Turtmannhütte). From 
there you will find a path beside the 
glacier up to the pass Schöllijoch. 
North of it, you can climb easily the 
peak of Äusseren Barrhorns with 
3610 m.a.s.
 
Region: Alps of Valais / Type: 
hiking

Äusseres Barrhorn

 

Pointe de 
Darbonneire

A high ski-tour without glacier-
crevasses, and anywhere steeper 
than 30 degrees (less danger of 
avalanches). From Sion you enter 
in Val d’Hérens until Satarma 
(1840 m, before Arolla, post-
bus). Then you rise up on the 
west-side, passing the cottage of 
Aiguilles Rouges. The pyramid-
like hill, called Pointe de 
Darbonneire (3427m) ist he 
destination of this tour. 
 
 
Region: Alps of Valais / type: 
ski-tour

Aiguilles Rouges and Val des Dix
viewed from Pointe de Darbonneire

 

Simelihorn

In winter time and summer time 
Simelihorn offers an access with a
rather flat route. But one have to 
start in Saas Balen (1483 m). Up to 
Simelihorn (3124 m) one will need a 
lot of time and a good shape. As an 
alternative, Mattwaldhorn 3246 m 
is just beside it.
 
Region: Alps of Valais / type: 
ski- tour or hiking

Simelihorn and Mattwaldhorn
in autumn

 

Kleines 
Furkahorn

When the pass-road over Furka-
pass opens in spring, it’s easiest to 
drive up and to walk up with the 
skis just for 600 m of elevation.
But it’s also possible to start in 
Realp (1500 m of elevation) in 
winter season. On the peak of 
Kleines Furkahorn 3026 m.a.s., 
there are rarely other tourists, but 
you have a fine view into Valais and 
to the Alps of Bern. 
 
Region: Central Switzerland and 
Valais close to Upper Ticino/ type: 
ski-tour

Rhoneglacier viewed from 
Kleines Furkahorn

 

Piz Surparé

By starting in Bivio, you have a pretty altitude 
(1769 m.ü.M.). The access to Piz Surparé is 
never steeper than 30 degrees. The route has 
a lot of variations in landscape shapes. Up to 
the peak with 3078 m.a.s, it is a typical one-
day-tour.
 
Region: Graubünden close to Engadin / type: 
ski-tour

Access to Piz Surparé

 

Piz Davo Lais

Val Fenga is a political special 
case. It’s Swiss territory, but the 
only street is coming up from 
Austria and the cottage belongs 
to the german alpine club. From 
this cottage, I recommend to walk 
up in direction of south to the 
peak Piz Davo Lais (3027 m.a.s).
 
Region: Engadin / type: hiking

Val Fenga

 

Masnan

If you pass Biasca in Ticino, you will see a very 
steep and rocky east-side of the valley. But 
there is a hiking path leading up. At the top you 
can arrive on Masnan (peak of 2505 m.a.s.)
Unfortunately you have to do 2300 m of 
elevation in one day to get on Masnan.
 
Region: Transmedialaterals / typ: hiking

Waterfall above Biasca

 

Pizzo Coca

In a side-valley of Valle Maggia (Ticino) 
there is the esthetical Pizzo Coca. How
its altitude (2222 m.ü.M.), also its form 
has a certain symmetry. 
Very interesting are there also its two 
lakes east and north of the peak. If you 
see these lakes from the peak, they 
seem to be eyes, and you feel standing 
on the nose of the same face. The 
access starts in Giumaglio (350 m.a.s.), 
therefore you better you’re your tent 
with you and plan for two days.
 
Region: Transmedialaterals 
type: hiking

The two eyes

 

Pizzo d'Eus

In the valley of Verzasca (Ticino) 
there is a side-valley, which splits 
up into three valleys Val Agro, Val 
Pincascia and Val Carecchio. In 
the midst of this very rough, wild 
and natural area rises up a 
mountain: Pizzo d'Eus. I call this 
mountains very beautiful, but 
also the alp beneath, Alpe Eus, is 
of esthetical high value. The path 
up there starts in Lavertezzo. 
Caution: The rout from Pincascia 
(from northeast) is hard to find.
 
Region: Transmedialateral / type: 
hiking

 

Alpe Eus

 

Passo del Naret

I like passes, which one can cross 
by bicycle rather simple, but 
which do not have a complete 
street, so that the transit traffic 
is missing. One of this category is 
Passo del Naret (2438 m.a.s.). 
From Airolo you can drive until 
1800 m.a.s. From there it’s better 
to push the bike up to the pass. 
But shortly south of the pass you 
can use the street of the 
reservoir. Then you can enjoy the 
drive down until Locarno (2000 m 
in vertical).
 
 
Region: Transmedialaterals / 
type: hiking with bike

 

Passo di Crastum
 
Between Leventina and Valle Blenio it’ s one 
of several passes. There is only a small 
elevation without street. On this part, you can 
push your bicycle beside you. I recommend to 
start in Faido and to drive up by Rossura and 
Monte Angone (short passage without 
street). After the pass (2108 m.a.s.) you will 
find a street on 1860 m.a.s. Running down to 
Biasca is pure fun then. Caution: in Mai there 
could be still some snow.
 
Region: Transmedialaterals / 
type: hiking with bike

Shortly before Passo di

Crastum

 

More adventure-like tours

 

Val Grande

 

Val Grande is my favourite valley. It is 
rather big, totally natural and it offers 
many possibilities to discover old paths, 
lonely valleys and finest wilderness. 
Some parts are a real challenge to go 
trekking in. The upper part of Val Grande 
is a system of seven valleys, the lower 
part is a long gorge without official path.
 
to more details of Val-Grande
 
Region: Transmedialaterals / 
type: trekking

 

Piz Corbet

Between Val Mesocco and Italy there is Piz 
Corbet. It’s not just its altitude of 3025 
m.a.s., rather its west-face (Swiss-side), 
which makes this mountain to a special 
challenge. From 1250 m.a.s. One have to 
cross woodland, gravels, coloirs and snow 
fields without any path. But finaly it’s 
possible to get up without climbing rocks. 
 
Region: Transmedialaterals / type: trekking

The valley, coming up

 

Mont Blanc
from Le Fayet

Mont Blanc it not a peak with few 
alpinists, but there is a special way 
to climb this high mountain, which 
is something unique.
If you start in St.-Gervais Le 
Fayet, you start from 583 m.a.s. 
That means you can walk up 4217 
m of elevation in one tour without 
interruption.
 
Region: French alps / 
type: high glacier-tour

Path through the 
glacier

 

Chukhung Ri

Trekking-tourists in Nepal often goes to 
Mount Everest National Park. And then, 
they prefer to climb the easy peak Kala 
Pattar, 5554 m.a.s., close to Everest-
Basecamp and with direct view to the 
highest point of the world. But there is 
also another peak, reachable on a path 
without climbing rocks or crossing 
glaciers. It’s Chukhung Ri. On the top of 
this nice hill, you are only 9 km in direct 
distance away from Mount Everest, but in 
between you can see the imposant walls 
of Nuptse and Lhotse. The high difference 
in altitude gives a stronger impression 
here than from Kala Pattar. The base of 
Chukhung Ri, the cottage of Chukhung, 
you can reach from Namche Bazaar in 
two days.  
 
Region: Himalaya / type: trekking

The top of Chukhung Ri and Nuptse

  

Lhotse and Nupste with their walls

 

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