Walking & Climbing page

One of the great advantages of the area is the easy accessibility of the mountains. Many of the tracks used for logging and access to the alpine pastures may be used by the public and are drivable in a normal car. Because the south side of the Rhone valley has many side valleys there is a great variety of walks.

Many of the local minor mountains can be climbed by the walker. All of these have magnificent panoramas of the surrounding major peaks.

There is a large variety of terrain: grassy flower banks, barren scree, glaciers, large boulders, woods, etc. Whatever type of walking you enjoy Herens has it!

Our family has been walking in this area for many years and will be happy to supply more information. We have written a comprehensive guide to both winter & summer walking detailing dozens of recommendations.


Dent Blanche from Bricola

The Val d'Herens is a renowned Alpine climbing centre. There is easy access to glaciers, high mountain peaks and technical rock climbing. Notable local mountains include the Dent Blanche, Dent d'Herens Mont Blanc de Cheilon, Aiguilles Rouges, Mont Collon and Pigne d'Arolla. Zermat is about 30 miles away and a mecca for both tourists and climbers. All significant Pennine peaks are within easy driving distance. There are climbing schools in the villages of
Evolène and Arolla. A section of the famous Chamonix/Zermat Haute route beloved by skiers & mountaineers runs right across our valley.

For more information on summer activities click here