Location: Upper Valais left bank, Turtmanntal

Description: not very difficult hike that takes place in an authentic and preserved valley

Total length: about11 km

Walking time: about 4 hours

Elevation: +/- 750 meters

Altitude: between1900 and 2500 meters

National hiking map 1: 50’000: 273 T Montana et 274 T Visp

Best period: from the end of April to the end of October

Difficulty : T3


After reaching the parking lot at the bottom of the Turtmanntal, follow the forest road on the left bank towards the Turtmannsee. Bypass the first lake by the left bank and cross the dyke of the second lake to reach the right bank of the valley. Follow Turtmannhuette, bypassing the last rocky outcrop under the hut to the right to reach altitude point 2431. Then, follow north to reach the hut. After a break during which you can admire the surrounding peaks, continue in a southerly direction to altitude point 2316 and follow the path on the right bank which overlooks the lakes and the valley to altitude point 2342. Descend towards Holustei (altitude point 2210) and continue descending through a beautiful larch forest to reach the starting point.

Useful information

In the summer season it is a very busy region. The car park at the start of the hike is chargeable and may be full from 11 a.m. in the morning. The Turtmannhuette is the starting point to reach the Barrhorn which has the distinction of being the highest hiking route in Switzerland (T4)

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