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For planned tours, it is advisable to research the terrain and the required equipment in advance. For example, hikes along Valais’s historic bisse irrigation canals are popular. While some of the bisse hikes are not physically demanding, they do pass through exposed areas that require surefootedness and a head for heights.

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A worldwide unique visitors-, study and congress center in Naters is the base camp of the UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. In the interactive exhibitions the visitor will experience with all its senses the property and immerse into the thrilling and varying sceneries of the Alps.

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Ski & Snowboard A winter paradise, somewhere between heaven and earth. The majestic 4000m peaks offer a unique world of winter sports experiences.
Sledging Fast-paced, secured trails wind their way for kilometres through the unspoilt winter landscape.
Snowtubing: Crans-Montana, Saas-Almagell, Vercorin Snowtubing makes for unrivalled winter fun: a fast-paced descent on rubber tyres that’s suitable for the whole family.
Snowbiking, Grächen Instead of wheels, this unusual bike has two skis positioned one behind the other. Two shorter skis can be strapped to your feet for extra stability.
Ski joring, Nax A horse-drawn journey on skis through a snowy winter landscape. Enjoy the unique feeling of freedom and harmony with nature.
Snowkiting, Simplonpass A grandiose and expansive high-Alpine landscape offers the perfect setting for anyone looking to make their first small jumps. For safety reasons, beginners should learn snowkiting with a qualified instructor.
Dog Sledding Dog sledding is a winter experience that will delight everyone from kids to grandparents: the sled glides smoothly behind the huskies as they draw you through the snowy landscape.
Cross-country skiing With perfectly groomed trails, the high valleys of Valais offer ideal conditions for cross-country skiing.
Bisses The many trails along the bisse irrigation canals offer varied hikes on historic paths
Dams Valais’s dams and reservoirs are among the most colossal, heaviest and impressive structures in the Alps: the largest of them can be visited and admired on guided tours
Footbridges Suspension bridges provide an additional thrill during a hike, offering remarkable views deep into the gorges below and giving hikers the feeling of floating on air.
Barrhorn, Oberems The Barrhorn (3,610m) is the highest hiking mountain in Europe, which makes it a top-class mountain when it comes to views.
Winter hike Panoramaweg, Moosalpregion An enchanting winter hiking trail with astonishing views of the Bietschhorn and the snow-capped mountains of the Matter and Saas valleys.
Winter hike Rotenboden – Riffelberg, Zermatt A winter hiking trail passing by the Riffelhorn, offering breathtaking views of the Gornergrat.
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Zermatt A spectacular 25-kilometre descent from the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise mountain station to Zermatt.
Downhill biking, Bellwald With a flowing route and a host of jumps and gaps, the bike park is well known and much loved in the freeride and downhill scenes.
UNESCO high-altitude trail from Bettmerhorn to Eggishorn A ridge trail for steady-footed hikers with a head for heights, offering fantastic views of the Aletsch Glacier and Valais’s mountain scenery.
Flying Center Upper Valais If you want to experience the Aletsch region from above, the paragliding school offers tandem flights and introductory courses.
Rhone cycle route This cycle route follows quiet paths along the banks of the Rhone, then along the shores of Lake Geneva to the cosmopolitan city of Geneva.
Canyoning in the Massa Gorge Accompanied by experienced mountain guides, cross the imposing Massa Gorge at the foot of the Great Aletsch Glacier.
Summer Skiing in Zermatt und Saas-Fee Over 40km of immaculate glacier slopes invite you to ski and snowboard in summer.
Wine trail Martigny – Leuk The wine trail from Martigny to Leuk passes through carefully cultivated vineyards, historic towns and small winemaking villages over a distance of 82 kilometres.
Stoneman Glaciara bike experience (Moosfluh-Märjela) The Stoneman Glaciara offers Roland Stauder’s exclusive mountain bike experience, covering 127 kilometres and 4,700 spectacular metres of altitude difference.
Fafleralp, Lötschental The Anenhütte cabin is a mountain jewel. Situated deep in the Lötschental valley at 2,358 metres above sea level, it can be reached either via well-marked hiking trails or, for the more courageous, via a secured rock climb.