Our hiking hostel is surrounded by fields in blossom, majestic peaks, breath-taking views and purest mountain air. This makes Valais, our area, a paradise for hiking adventures and more. Strengthened with a hearty breakfast or own provisions stowed away in your backpack, now's the time to set off on a mountain tour, theme path or hike alongside the irrigation channels for scenic adventure.
The 550 km of marked trails in the Pays du St. Bernard offer an amazing range of hiking possibilities for all levels, from cozy themed trails for the whole family or large, multi-day treks, you'll definitely find something suitable!
Le catogne the mountain we look up too!
Great St Bernard Pass (2,469 m) is the third highest road pass in Switzerland. It connects Valais with the Aosta Valley in Italy. It is the lowest pass lying on the ridge between the two highest mountains of the Alps, Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa.
Great St Bernard is one of the most ancient passes through the Western Alps, with evidence of use as far back as the Bronze Age and surviving traces of a Roman road. In 1800, Napoleon's army used the pass to enter Italy. Having been bypassed by easier and more practical routes, particularly the Great St Bernard Tunnel which opened in 1964, its value today is mainly historical and recreational, leaving it a relatively untouched hiking trail.
Straddling the highest point of the road, the Great St Bernard Hospice was founded in 1049. The hospice later became famous for its use of St Bernard dogs in rescue operations. (Wiki)