Hikes for loners

and independent types


Here is a selection of sites related to hiking and mountains in Switzerland. On some of them you will find other itineraries than mine. When a webpage describes the exact same hike as mine, I put the link on the corresponding hike description.

Click on the flags to access the sites (some are available in several languages).

Personal sites

  • French Transpiree.ch: a rich choice of summer hikes in the same mountains of Switzerland, Italy and France. Was an inspiration for several of my own outings. The author Daniel (Ribagnac) has a tendency to behave like a ibex, so be careful not to follow blindly all his outings.
  • French Great to see so many new personal sites related to hiking pop up on the net. PassionRando is one that I just discovered.
  • French On Visinand.ch, most of the hikes are a bit more "extreme" than mine: some off trail, some with huge height gain, T4 or T5...
  • Français Randalp: alpine hikes for seniors ans others. A cool site by Raymond Nicole with interesting ideas for hikes in French speaking Switzerland.
  • French Romandie Randonnées: some lesser known hikes.
  • French Gîtes de montagne (formerly Guide des refuges de haute et moyenne montagne), with personal ratings by Markus Jaton. Another page worth mentionning is the Summer hikes page.
  • French Randomandie.ch: reports and pictures of hikes in French-speaking Switzerland (Romandie)... and elsewhere.
  • French TopRando: contains "selected mountain hikes in the Swiss French Alps, mainly in the center of Valais and Haute-Savoie".
  • French Maurice Perry presents many day hikes, organized in a practical way both on a map and as a list.
  • Italian site of Mauro Lüthy, a contributor from Ticino to Hikr.org (listed below). Even though the site is in italian language, the numerous hikes - most of them in canton Ticino - are presented with pictures, maps and elevation graphs. Thus even non-Italian speakers will enjoy it.
  • Italian French A good choice of hikes at filipponi.info. The site is bilingual italian/french
  • German Gipfelstürmerin.de: a recent finding, this site has similar hike reports as here.
  • German braendji.ch is for whom is planning an hiking trip in Oberwallis, in particular in the Turtmanntal and around Visp/Viège. Wonderful pictures from people who obviously love and know their region.
  • English French German Behind Destination Montagne "hides" the hiking leader (accompagnateur en montagne) Charles Lehmann. His picture galleries have inspired me several times, in particular for outings in the Ticino canton.
  • German Alternatives-Wandern.ch, a collection of many hiking-related informations
  • German English Wandersite, is another collection of hiking-related informations. Now also in English

Forums, communities

  • French German English Italian Hikr.org is the new name of former website randonneur.ch. The concept is a database of hikes that can be consulted and extended by the users. Since its beginning in 2003, the site has grown a lot and now contains an abundant selection of hikes in several Swiss regions and abroad.
  • Français CampToCamp, is a forum similar to Hikr.org. I tend to use it rarely, mainly because it is not focused on the Swiss Alps like Hikr.org is.
  • French Hike reports and hiking forum: this site's main interests are the comments and first hand experiences left by visitors.

Useful and/or official sites

  • French Refuges.info: describes itself as "a collaborative site where information is provided and updated by the members". It covers all the huts and refuges of the Alps, and even some elsewhere in the world.
  • French Yellow Way, Signposts for Swiss hikes is an interesting projet: a collaborative site with the goal of referencing the Swiss hiking signposts (yellow signs). Free and simple, it may become quite useful when the signposts database grows.
  • French German English Valais Tourisme: official information from Valais Tourism.
  • Français Allemand Anglais Italien Wanderland/Hiking in Switzerland has a very handy map, and (on subscription) a system which helps planning new itineraries