Tour des Muverans: Switzerland's Best Kept Hut-to-Hut Trek

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The Tour des Muverans? "Never heard of it!" Well, that may be the reaction when you share your plans for your next hut-to-hut trek in Switzerland. Like the Tour des Combins, for example, the Tour des Muverans is one of the Alps' better-kept secrets. Away from the Instagram Masses of the Tour du Mont Blanc, back to the basics of the classic hut-to-hut tour. Pure hiking, classic cabanes and, of course, raclette!

The Tour des Muverans connects the cantons of Vaud and Valais around the Muverans mountain peak massif. The Muverans massif is located between Lake Geneva, Sion and Martigny, making getting to and from it very easy. An overnight stay in Ovronnaz, known for its thermal baths, completes the Tour des Muverans.

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What and Where Is the Tour des Muverans?

The Tour des Muverans is a wonderful circular hike in Valais, with many different options for walking. The trail is officially 54 km, with 4300m of ascent and descent and 23 hours of walking. The tour runs mainly above 2000m, with an altitude of over 2600m and a lowest point of 1230m.

During the Tour des Muverans, you hike around the mountain peak Grand Muveran, which rises above 3000m and lies on the border between Vaud (Waadt) and Valais (Valais) in Switzerland. There are three places to start the hike namely; Pont de Nant, Derborence, or Ovronnaz, and you can either do the hike clockwise or anti-clockwise. The easiest base is Ovronnaz, a classic holiday and spa town known for three 32- to 35-degree hot springs.

What and Where Is the Tour des Muverans?

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Is the Tour Des Muverans Suitable for Me?

The Tour des Muverans is not an easy trek and is similar in difficulty to the Walker's Haute Route,. For this trek, it is advisable to already have some Alpine experience. Basically, the hiking trails are quite accessible but there are several technical sections in it that require some mountain experience.

If you have little experience with hiking in the mountains and would like to see if staying overnight in huts is something for you, have a look at our blog on the Kesch Trek in the more eastern region of Graubünden in Switzerland. Slightly less challenging and with the Kesch Trek, you'll have one of the most popular huts in the Swiss Alps.

The most difficult trails are T3. Find information on the difficulty rating of hiking trails here. The narrowest passages have fuses in the form of cables or chains.

What Is the Best Season for the Tour Des Muverans?

The official season runs from mid-June to mid-September, but if you hike the Tour des Muverans between mid-July and late August, the chances of good weather and snow-free mountain passes are higher. It is high season, so make sure you book as far in advance as possible. If you decide to hike the Tour des Muverans in September, it is still enjoyable and the trail is not as crowded. But in this case, the days are shorter, the weather is colder and there is a chance of snow.

July and August are the best months for this trek in Switzerland, but are also the high season so it can be busier. However, the Alps are unpredictable and the weather can easily change. When one day you can fully enjoy the bright sunshine, the next day it can rain gallons.

What Is the Best Season for the Tour Des Muverans?

Tour des Muverans Map and Navigation

There are plenty of maps and guides to help you do the Tour des Muverans or any other trek in the Alps. Below is a map with an overview of the route.

Staying in Cabanes During the Tour des Muverans

At Bookatrekking.com, we like to do things the right way, and when it comes to accommodation on the Tour des Combins, it means you'll primarily stay in cabanes. Cabane is the Swiss name for a mountain hut. In some cases, mountain huts and cabanes are owned by alpine clubs; in Switzerland, that's the Schweizerische Alpen Club (SAC). What all these mountain huts have in common is their unusual location: in the most remote places in the Alps, you can check into these small refuges.

The huts along the Tour des Muverans offer the option of half-board, which means both breakfast and dinner are included in the price. This has several benefits that make your trek even more enjoyable. After a long and often strenuous day on the trails, there's little that can compare to the satisfaction of arriving at a mountain hut and knowing that a warm, nourishing meal awaits you. It eliminates the need to cook for yourself or carry food, giving you more time to relax and savor the mountain atmosphere.

Additionally, there's the practical aspect. Every gram counts when you're covering miles with a backpack on your shoulders. By opting for half-board, you can avoid the weight of your own food, reducing the load on your body and making your trek lighter and more comfortable. This means more energy to enjoy the breathtaking surroundings and challenges of the Tour des Muverans. In short, half-board is a smart choice that both your stomach and your back will appreciate during this adventurous journey.

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Les Plans sur Bex - Refuge du lac de Derborence

Duration: 07:50 h
Distance: 14.8 km
Ascent: 1100 m
Descent: 720 m
Your first day has a long stage on the programme of your Tour des Muverans. After a good breakfast, you can continue along the edge of the Grand Muveran towards the Col des Essets. From here, it is a short stretch to Refuge de Giacomini where you can possibly enjoy a nice lunch after mostly completing your stage. After this, it's another 3 hours before you arrive at your overnight accommodation for the day, which is beautifully located by the famous Lac de Derborence lake.

Refuge du lac de Derborence

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Refuge du lac de Derborence
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Refuge du lac de Derborence - Cabane Rambert

Duration: 06:30 h
Distance: 11.5 km
Ascent: 1230 m
Descent: 150 m
Stage 2 involves a lot of ascent and with Lac du Derborence in the background, you continue on to your next accommodation. Almost halfway through your trek, you'll pass Gîte de la Chaux de Dorbon which is known for their amazing cuisine, ideal for a break. From here, you continue walking towards your next highlights, Lac de La Forcla and Col de La Forcla, where you can enjoy peace and quiet. Your last overnight stay at Cabane Rambert at an altitude of 2582 m will ensure that you can enjoy one more night in the mountains.

Cabane Rambert

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Cabane Rambert
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Cabane Rambert - Cabane du Fenestral

Duration: 05:15 h
Distance: 9.5 km
Ascent: 560 m
Descent: 660 m
With clear skies, you'll be lucky to get a view of the popular Mont Blanc on your first stage today. After a narrow 10 kilometers you will arrive at your first overnight stop, Cabane du Fenestral. This mountain lodge is beautifully located with a stunning view of the lake Lac de Fully where you can relax after your first hike.

Cabane du Fenestral

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Cabane du Fenestral
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Cabane du Fenestral - Cabane de la Tourche

Duration: 06:00 h
Distance: 11.2 km
Ascent: 550 m
Descent: 800 m
Today you will hike the first part right next to the beautiful Swiss lake Lac de Fully, perfect for a stop to take photos for the home front. You continue towards Cabane du Demècre where you can take a short break after hiking about a third of your stage. Your way to Cabane de la Tourche is mainly T3 trails and will be quite challenging, but of course a drink will be waiting for you at this cosy mountain hut which, like your previous accommodation, is located at a great place.

Cabane de la Tourche

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Cabane de la Tourche
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Cabane de la Tourche - Auberge de Pont de Nant (endpoint)

Duration: 06:05 h
Distance: 10.4 km
Ascent: 450 m
Descent: 1360 m
Your last hiking day is another longer stage and your day starts immediately with a good technical section. Perhaps tough, but this will ensure that you get breathtaking views of Pointe des Martinets. After a challenging first section, you will be rewarded with a somewhat less technical path to your endpoint of the Tour des Muverans.

Cabane Rambert

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How Do I Get to the Starting and Ending Points?

The starting point of the Tour des Muverans can be at different points. The town of Ovronnaz, northwest of Sion, is a good starting point for this hike and therefore the most frequently chosen starting and finishing point. The beauty of this hike is that you hike a circle which also brings you back to Ovronnaz.

By Car:

You can take the car to Switzerland and head to Bern and drive towards the town of Sion, passing close to Lausanne.

By Plane:

The nearest airport is Geneva or Bern and from there you can travel to Sion by train. This can be done from Geneva with a direct train connection with surely stunning views.

Public Transport:

Your best option is to take the train to Geneva or Bern. From there, you can take the train to Sion and take a bus to the starting point in Ovronnaz the next morning. You can even do this from Geneva with a direct train connection.

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Packing List for the Tour des Muverans

It doesn't matter where you are going trekking or for how long: Carrying the right equipment with you is paramount. For a hiking trip in the mountains, you will need, first and foremost, a good backpack. Its size will depend on how many days you will be spending in the mountains, the season, and the clothes you will be taking with you. We have prepared a packing list with some essential clothing that you should include and some extras that you may find useful:
  • Essentials

  • Extras

What to Do in Case of an Emergency?

There is an emergency situation when a human life (yours or someone else's) is in danger and you cannot do anything to solve the situation. You should call for help if there has been an accident, someone is stuck, you are lost or in trouble and cannot continue due to the time of day or weather conditions, or if you are stuck due to technical climbing challenges beyond your capabilities.

The most important thing to do in an emergency situation is to remain calm and assess the situation. Do not panic and do not take pointless risks if the people in need are difficult to reach. In case of emergency, first and foremost, call for help. When calling for help, make sure to provide your location and the number of victims and type of injuries. Then, protect the victim from cold and other environmental threats and provide first aid, if you are capable.

Useful emergency phone numbers

144 (General) / 1414 (Mountain Rescue)

Safe hiking tips for the Tour des Muverans

When you go on walking holidays it is wise to be aware of a few points. Even if this is not your first time, you should never underestimate the mountains. Good tour planning and compliance with the regulations on the mountains will significantly increase safety. To ensure that your hiking holiday is a safe and enjoyable experience, here below you can find a list of 8 recommendations for safe hiking in the mountains:
  • Know your limits

    Hiking the Tour des Muverans is the perfect outlet to escape from daily life. It is an endurance sport along with a beautiful nature experience with a positive effect on body and mind —as long as one is in good shape and has a realistic picture of one's possibilities and limits—. Never overestimate yourself or underestimate the route. Don't overdo it! Always choose the slower variant and take more time for your plans. Hiking under time pressure is not fun and at too fast a pace it can be dangerous. Be wise!

  • Plan carefully

    Good planning is half the work! Hiking maps, literature, the Internet and expert advice are invaluable when planning the route in the Tour des Muverans and enable you to determine the length, altitude difference, difficulty and conditions of the hike. When planning group treks, the itinerary should always be planned for the weakest member of the group! The weather in the mountains can change incredibly quickly and rain, wind and cold all increase the risk factor. For this reason, always check the weather forecast beforehand and contact our trekking experts to find your way around before you start.

  • Be fully equipped

    Equipment is everything. In the most extreme case, it makes the difference between life and death, and in any case, it definitely makes the difference between having fun and having a bad time. Food and water, sunscreen and waterproof and warm clothes must always be in your backpack, as well as a first aid kit and a mobile phone with a full battery (in case there is an emergency). However, packing light makes walking easier, so don't take too much extra luggage with you. Your equipment should always be suitable for the terrain you'll be hiking on in the Tour des Muverans.

  • Wear suitable footwear

    Good walking shoes protect your feet and provide a better fit. Shoes with a good fit, with non-slip soles, water-resistant and lightweight are a must for additional walking pleasure during the Tour des Muverans. Trail running shoes are great for a weekend in the mountains, but on longer hikes or more technical trails, you'll want at least A/B hiking boots. That means it is recommended wearing high mountain shoes that are water-repellent with extra ankle support to prevent sprains.

  • Stay on marked trails

    Tour des Muverans has endless marked hiking trails, which are controlled and maintained and should not be deviated from. It may be tempting, but it's not a good idea to take shortcuts or alternative routes through unmarked terrain. It increases the risk of disorientation and you're more likely to get lost and have accidents or fall in the mountains. Even steep slopes of packed old snow are often underestimated and dangerous. Are you in doubt? Better don't do it. For easy navigation we work with our trusted partner Komoot, whose interactive maps, also available offline, provide you with the necessary digital means to get from A to B. As a backup, make sure to bring a hiking guide or a paper map with you. FYI, 75% of stumbles occur due to carelessness on marked paths or roads, not in open terrain!

  • Take regular breaks

    Remember you're on a hiking holiday. Timely and regular breaks not only provide welcome relaxation but also make it possible to enjoy the Tour des Muverans. The body needs a regular food and drink intake to maintain performance and concentration. Our advice is that if you have little time, it's better to follow the short itinerary than to speed up the long one.

  • Stay reachable

    If you are hiking solo or in small groups it is advisable to inform people back home about your plans, what route you are taking and when you plan to return. Even small incidents can lead to unpleasant emergencies so make sure you are available at all times. Bring a charged phone containing at least the phone numbers of immediate family members, your accommodations en route and the emergency phone numbers operating in the Tour des Muverans.

  • Respect nature

    Leave no rubbish behind, prevent noise, stay on the marked trails, do not disturb wildlife or grazing animals, and respect protected areas.

How much does the Tour des Muverans cost?

A hut-to-hut trek doesn't have to be expensive. Huts are typically simple but provide everything you need to recharge your mental and physical batteries for the next day(s) of hiking. For a 6-day trek on the Tour des Muverans, you can expect to spend approximately 80 CHF per hiking day. This includes route information, navigation assistance, your accommodation in a mountain hut, and half-board or breakfast where available.

For hut-to-hut treks in general, it's advisable to carry 40 to 60 EUR/CHF in pocket money, which covers lunch and beverages. Keep in mind that you'll stay in Swiss huts, so they naturally use Swiss Francs as their currency.

At Bookatrekking.com, we not only book your huts, we also send you on your way with a comprehensive hiking guide with the most important information for your Tour des Muverans, including interactive Komoot maps. Browse all our options here and turn your dreams into reality.

Where Can I Book the Tour des Muverans?

At Bookatrekking.com you can book the self-guided Tour des Muverans and many other treks. We take care of all the details for you, including arranging accommodations and providing you with relevant information well in advance of your trek. Find our offers here. Our easy-to-use platform allows you to browse and compare different trekking options and find the perfect fit for your interests, abilities, and budget.

If you have any questions about a specific trek or need help choosing the right one for you, our team of trekking experts is here to assist you. Simply reach out to us and we will be happy to provide you with personalized recommendations and advice to help you plan the trekking adventure of a lifetime.

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