The Tour Matterhorn belongs to the mountain hike category. It is divided into six stages (6 days) that can also be done separately. The departure and arrival are located in Saint Niklaus, near the famous village of Zermatt. You will visit the valley of Turtmann, the Val d'Anniviers, the Val d'Hérens, the Val d'Arolla, Valpelline and Valtournenche and finally hike back over the Testa Grigia to the Matter Valley.
Because the Tour Matterhorn is one of the difficult hikes in Europe, perfectly adapted equipment is necessary. Furthermore, if the persons are inexperienced, they should only do certain stages of the tour accompanied by guides. The best period, depending on the weather, is from May to September. From one vallley to another, you will discover a history, a culture and different villages which will make this tour very special and unforgettalbe.
Tips concerning equipment and clothes:
Firm mountain shoes- Waterproof clothes- Sunscreens (hats, lotions)- Pocket pharmacy- Vitaminized food (for example: fruits)- Food rich in carbohydrates and fibres (some valaisan sausages, dried mest, bread, chocolate)- Enough liquid (without gas)
The Tour of Mont-Blanc (TMB) is without doubt the most celebrated hike in the Alps. One can even say that it is ‘The Great Classic of the Alps, that which all hikers aspire to accomplish.
There are several good reasons to do the Tour of the Mont-Blanc : the presence of numerous glaciers and famous summits such as the Bionnassay, Peuterey, Grand Jorasses, Mont Dolent,... but above all that which dominates all, the MONT BLANC, highest point of our continent in western Europe.
Added to this is the variety of the scenery, three countries visited, excellent paths, and our guides or accompagnateurs who really do know their terrain, and who can help you to discover in complete safety their magnificent region with all its hidden nooks and crannies.
The Tour du Mont Blanc isn’t a difficult hike, 6 - 8 hours of walking and 800 to 1,000 meters of height gain per day on average. (2,600 - 3,300ft). But to appreciate it fully one needs to be in good physical condition. Prepare yourself a little beforehand to ease the surprises of the first day!The Empreinte Montagne 'secret' tour aims to take you off the beaten track so you can experience those less travelled places.
This formula however is a little more challenging than the regular day pack or comfort trips, (longer days, carrying your own gear) and so is for good walkers who are experienced in mountain walking.