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The Walker's Haute Route: Hotel Weisshorn - Gruben

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Trail stats

Distance
7.2 mi
Elevation gain
1,913 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
3,547 ft
Max elevation
9,153 ft
TrailRank 
51
Min elevation
5,985 ft
Trail type
One Way
Moving time
4 hours 24 minutes
Time
7 hours 6 minutes
Coordinates
2090
Uploaded
August 8, 2023
Recorded
August 2023
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9,153 ft
5,985 ft
7.2 mi

near Saint-Luc, Canton du Valais (Switzerland)

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Itinerary description

The trail over Meidpass is straight forward, ascending and descending through pastures with good views of the surrounding landscape snd feature terrific scenery.

Hikers crossing Meidpass are treated to expansive, albeit more distant views from the pass. Views along the Forcletta trail, especially of the high peak of the Turtmanntal, are closer with the best views revealed as you descend from the pass to Chalte Berg area.

The scenic hike to Meidpass, starting from the beautiful and iconic Hotel Weisshorn, ascends through meadows and then scree covered slopes with fine views of the high peaks rimming the west side of the Val Anniviers and Val de Moiry. As the path nears the pass views expand to include a sea of peaks towering above the Rhone Valley and the high summits, including Grand Combin and Mont Blanc, to the southwest.

As you crest the pass impressive views open to Brunegghorn, Bishorn and the Weisshorn soaring above craggy peaks in the Turtmanntal Valley. The summit of the Dom and Taschhorn, located in the Mattertal valley, rise above the ridge rimming the east side of the Turtmann Valley.

The views become partially blocked by intervening low ridges as you descend to the Meidsee, a scenic tarn, and then drop down through meadows to Gruben. Toward the end of the hike beautiful vistas reopen to the Turtmann Glacier spilling down the slopes between Les Diablons, Tete de Milon and the Bishorn at the head of the valley.

Note: Meidpass marks the boundary between the French-speaking Valais and the German-speaking Wallis. Try to remember to switch your greetings to German when you arrive in Gruben.

The Hotel Schwarzhorn in Gruben is a busy little place with a nice restaurant and large backyard for relaxing with a cold beer after a long hike. If is best to have advanced reservations if you plan to spend the night here.

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PictographPanorama Altitude 9,170 ft
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PictographLake Altitude 8,812 ft
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PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,809 ft
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PictographInformation point Altitude 8,776 ft
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PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,668 ft
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PictographWaypoint Altitude 7,936 ft
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PictographCampsite Altitude 7,740 ft
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PictographMountain hut Altitude 7,667 ft
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PictographWaypoint Altitude 7,608 ft
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PictographIntersection Altitude 6,017 ft
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PictographInformation point Altitude 5,981 ft
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PictographMountain hut Altitude 5,991 ft
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