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Swiss experts - what can you tell me about Zinal?

Old May 31st, 2020, 07:01 AM
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Swiss experts - what can you tell me about Zinal?

While doing some research for our next trip to Switzerland I ran across a reference to Zinal, a place I'd never heard of. It seems to be a good hiking area, and because we go to Switzerland primarily to hike, I became intrigued, but can't find much about it online.

Would Zinal make a good base for three or four days of hiking?

It seems the closest city is Brig?
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Not ideal. The Val d'Anniviers is beautiful and a very good hiking region, but Zinal is at the end of it and the mountain slopes are really steep. I still hear your comments about hiking up to your apartment ;-) Frankly, I would stay somewhere more centrally located in the valley, like Vissoie (authentic village, sort of hub) or St. Luc (on a south-facing sunny terrace with spectacular views). The latter in particular has nice hiking trails that are not too exhausting - the funiculaire to Tignousa helps. (Btw, there are a couple more cable cars in the valley that operate in summer.) The next small city is Sierre, just down in the Rhone valley.

https://www.valdanniviers.ch/en/homepage.html
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Old May 31st, 2020, 09:10 AM
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Hi Ingo -

Ah, steep, not my favorite thing these days. I will look into Vissoie and St Luc, neither of which I've heard of. Thank you!
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Oh Mel, too funny, I was just checking out Grimentz last night.
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Hi Adelaidean - brilliant minds think alike! I'll take a look at Grimentz too.
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Hi Melnq!
Nice to hear that you are interested in Val d'Anniviers (called Eifischtal in German BTW). Zinal is popular with alpinists (since more than 150 years), and mainly Swiss and some Dutch families. It's a small mountain village almost deserted before mid June and after mid October. There are stupendous hikes to do to several glaciers and alpine club huts, but only for people who don't mind climb up (and back down into the valley) at least 3000 feet to spectacular view points and mountain huts. That would be comarable to hikes from Grengiols to Blausee or from S-charl to Mustair monastery. There are some easier hikes too at Zinal, but they ae not too spectacular.

I would rather stay at St-Luc, where you find tons of easy panorimic trails like
Tignousa rope railway station - Chandolin (post bus stop),
St-Luc - Chandolin,
Tignousa - Hotel Weisshorn,
water channel trails along Bisse de St-Luc and Bisse de Lacher-Roux up to Ayer (bus stop),
etc. etc.
St-Luc has furthermore more sunshine than Zinal (up to 9pm in July).

All villages of Val d'Anniviers are linked by frequent post buses (about every 90 min). So it's easy to stay at one place (like St-Luc) and to visit all others in day trips.
Most Val d'Anniviers buses start at Sierre (Siders in German), a small city in the vineyards of the Rhone Valley, 2 hrs by direct train from Geneva airport and 2 1/2 hrs by train from Zurich airport (with one change at Visp).

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Thank you neckervd! Very helpful.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2020, 09:53 AM
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neckervd -

I've done a little research on St Luc - I see that it's a village of 312 people. Would you happen to know if there is a village supermarket and/or any restaurants?
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There is a PAM super market at the bus stop, a bakery selling a lot of other food too in the village center, 2 sport and souvenir shops and about half a dozen restaurants.


Hiking trail above St-Luc with Matterhorn

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Thanks neckervd.
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