Zinal and the Val d’Anniviers

Summary

Looking for some place a little wilder, with quieter trails and small villages? Val d’Anniviers, in the French-speaking portion of Switzerland’s Valais canton, is an undiscovered gem. The valley is home to Chandolin, Grimentz, Saint-Luc, Vissoie, and Zinal—each village a great starting point for some of the best trails the Alps have to offer.

Above this valley on the border with Italy, rise several snow-capped 4,000-meter peaks—the Weisshorn, Bishorn, Zinalrothorn, Obergabelhorn, Matterhorn, and Dent Blanche. Taken together, they make for spectacular scenery during your run.

Val d’Anniviers is also home to one of the world’s most iconic trail races, Sierre-Zinal. Held each August, this 31-km trail race is the oldest mountain race in the Alps. With its famously warm spirit, Sierre-Zinal is a sort of homecoming for elite athletes from around the world.

Our self-guided trips in this region are based out of the picturesque village of Zinal. At the end of the valley, Zinal is ringed by high peaks. If you’d like to include the Sierre-Zinal trail race in your itinerary, let us know and wecan assist with registration.

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Self-Guided Tour FAQ

Our self-guided tours are available in some of the best trail running areas the Alps have to offer. When you sign up to run in one of the regions below, your trip will be planned in detail. Each self-guided tour includes the following components:

*In-country rail, bus and shuttle travel

*Three-star hotel and mountain hut bookings

*Thorough travel instructions, regional information, our Guide to Trail Running in the Alps, and detailed run descriptions printed on durable, waterproof paper, complete with a run profile, time estimates, bail-out options, emergency numbers, and a map. See a sample.

Typical pricing is $2,500 for a six-night, seven-day tour, and $2,190 per person when sharing a double. Since tour planning time and materials are the same regardless of trip length, cost for shorter trips are not reduced proportionally. Typical pricing for a four-night trip is $2,090, and $1,890 for three nights.

As we work with you to develop your self-guided itinerary, consider adding one of the many great Alp trail races into your plans. Please contact us to discuss trail race options and timing.

No matter where you are, on every self-guided trip, if a serious problem arises, Run the Alps and our booking partners at Alpinehikers are just a phone call away.