Verbier, in the center of the French speaking Valais, a principal wine and cheese-manufacturing canton, was originally a sleepy farming community on a broad and sunny high valley under the mighty Mount Fort at over 3300 meters. Today it has become one of the major hiking and ski destinations in the Pennine Alps of Southern Switzerland. It is a unique mixture of the old and the modern with hundreds of miles of well-marked trails for every level of ability. Known as the Four Valleys, the region offers great diversity and spectacular typically Swiss scenery.
Take the Jumbo tram to the top of Mont. Fort at over 3300 meters high above eternal ice fields and an active glacier where there is skiing all year long. Return to midway and hike down to the village.
Perched on high at 3,330m in altitude, the air is pure, the panorama breathtaking. The view before you takes in a series of mountain peaks all around. The Matterhorn, Dent d’Hérens, Grand Combin and Mont Blanc: all of these can be seen from the viewing platform at the top of Mont Fort.
Once at the top of Mont Fort either by hiking or using the cable car system less than an hour from Verbier is Siviez, a succession of cable cars and gondolas can bring down to this quaint village. Have a lovely lunch at Auberge-Restaurant Les Bisses. And then get back on the cable cars back up and then return to midway and hike down to the village down to the Verbier village.
Rating: Easy One Way: Under 5 km Vertical 1500 meters Hike Time Down: 2 hours. Option: Take Tram down part way.
The three-village hike to Sarreyer, Lourtier, and Champsec. These three typical Swiss-French farming villages are nested below snow-capped peaks surrounded by broad hay fields. Daily tending of crops and farm animals will be in ready evidence.
Rating: moderate Distance; 8 km High Point: 1642 m Total Climb: 200 m Time: 4 hours.
Outdoor activities: With over 300 miles of rugged trails and endless natural beauty, there’s so much to do in and around Verbier. Both experienced hikers and beginners can find their niche in the themed paths and long treks. Other activities include climbing, golfing amidst the massif of Combin and Mont Blanc, swimming in the outdoor and indoor pools of the Verbier Sports Centre, and even parachuting for the ultra-adventurous visitors.
What Verbier has to offer
Hiking: Verbier is one of the capitals of the world of hiking. The Haute Route cuts through the middle of this mountainside village. In additions to one of the most famous hikes you find that a trove of interesting trails dominate the landscape. From valley floor lush green covered trails to higher altitude and more challenging hikes above the tree line.
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