Tour du soleil

With touring skis along the main alpine divide (CH) | 4 days

An exciting high-alpine ski tour away from the big crowds and offering plenty of variety in Switzerland’s sunniest enclave: the Tour du Soleil crosses from the canton of Uri to Ticino and into the Binn Valley in the Valais, facing the sun during the entire route. Secluded valleys, cosy huts and unrivalled alpine views await you.


Piste: very confident on skis; Powder snow: solid prior experience; Terrain: mostly steep terrain,

narrow couloirs; Alpine technique: solid touring experience or completed training course


Duration from 5 to 7 hours, up to approx. 1,200 vertical meters, approx. 300 vertical meters per hour.


3-8 participants per mountain guide

Meeting place

9.30 a.m. Mammut Store Piazza Gottardo, Furkagasse 2, 6490 Andermatt (Train arrival 9.22 a.m. Andermatt).


Approx. 2 p.m. Brig


If you have any questions regarding our protection concept, you can find it here.

The offer is held in German. Therefore, a basic understanding of German is important. Our mountain guides have a basic knowledge of English and can provide the necessary information in English. Often there are guests on the tours and courses who are happy to help with the translation.

  • Guiding and supervision by a mountain guide
  • Accommodation with half board: 3 x hut (base camp)
  • Mammut safety equipment for testing (avalanche equipment worth CHF 99)
  • 15% discount on
Not included
  • Travel to the course
  • Transport
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Climbing harness CHF 25.-
  • Hut tax CHF 12 per night if not a SAC/Alpine Club member
  • Contribution to the Travel Guarantee Fund (0.25% on total amount)

Day 1From Realp, the route snakes through the secluded Wittenwasseren Valley to the Rotondo Hut (2570 m). Weather permitting, you might also take a short detour to the summit of one of the surrounding peaks. (Distance: 8.2 km, touring time: 5-6 hrs, ascent: 1150 m vertical meters)

Day 2 The route takes you through the high-alpine scenery and over Wittenwasseren Pass (2806 m) to Passo di Rotondo. Then it’s time to strip off those skins and get ready for an amazing run down to Alpe di Rotondo. You then reach the Capanna Corno Gries outpost via Alpe di Manió and Curina. (Distance: 14.4 km, touring time: 6 hrs, ascent: 1220 m vertical meters)

Day 3Today, it’s time for the main event of our tour: crossing the impressive Gries Glacier and approaching the summit of the Blinnenhorn (3373 m), first skinning and then by foot across the final section of the southern flank. At the summit, take in a gorgeous panoramic view of the Bernese and Valais Alps before skiing down to the Rifugio Claudio e Bruno (2708 m), where you wrap up the day with a lovely evening in good company and enjoy some delicious pasta. (Distance: 10.9 km, touring time: 4-5 hrs, ascent: 1170 m vertical meters)

Day 4 After reaching the top of the Hohsandhorn (3182 m), you’ll enjoy a rewarding, extra-long run through the untamed Binn Valley to the endpoint of our tour, the Valaisian municipality of Binn. (Distance: 14.4 km, touring time: 3 hrs, ascent: 580 m vertical meters)

Rental equipment

Our mountain guide will bring the ordered rental equipment to the meeting place. The following equipment can be rented:

  • Barryvox (Avalanche Transceiver)
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Avalanche Shovel
  • Climbing harness with 1x safelock carabiner
Technical equipment
  • Barryvox (Avalanche Transceiver)
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Avalanche Shovel
  • Touring backpack (approx. 30l)
  • Ski touring equipment (skis, bindings, skins, ski crampons)
  • Ski touring boots
  • (telescopic) Ski poles
  • Ski helmet (optional)
  • Climbing harness with 1 saferlock carabiner (or 2x screw carabiners)
  • 1x Ski jacket and 1x ski pants (Gore-Tex or similar material)
  • 1x Soft shell and/or fleece jacket
  • 1x Short/long functional underwear
  • 1x Beanie and 1x headband
  • 2 pairs of gloves (1 thin pair, 1 warm, windproof and waterproof pair)
  • 1x Functional socks and 1x spare socks
Overnight cottage
  • Own toiletries, ear plugs if required
  • Clothes to wear in the hut (Minimum)
  • Slipper socks are at the hut
  • Sleeping bag liner made of silk or cotton (for hygienic reasons)
  • SAC/Alpine Club member card (if available)
  • Breakfast and dinner at the hut
  • Tea an lunch must be brought or can be bought at the hut
  • Snacks (e.g. energy bars, dried fruit, dried meat)
  • Sunglasses and ski goggles
  • Sun cream and lip cream (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Half fare travelcard (if existing)
  • Thermos flask made from break-proof material
  • Headlamp with new batteries
  • Small medicinal supplies for personal requirements
We are happy to advise you

Our team is available by phone from Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 17.00.

CH +41 (0)62 769 81 83
DE +49 (0)8334 36 20 362
AT +43 (0)7252 46051 4444

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