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Hiking and Yoga Holiday in Switzerland

Join Nina on a hiking route across the magnificent Val de Bagnes in the height of summer. Stay in 5 traditional Swiss mountain cabins, savor Swiss farm-to-table cuisine, and divine regional wine, harvested in the valleys nearby. You set out from the stunning high altitude ski-resort town of Verbier and navigate your way up to Glacier de Corbassiere, before ending our journey at Lac de Mauvoisin, a breathtaking mountain lake framed by snow-capped peaks. Roam wild and free with nothing weighing you down beyond a light backpack with necessities. Let your spirits be high, let your heart be open!

Meet the instructors

Nina
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Highlights

  • Admire the breathtaking mountain views
  • Daily guided meditation and yoga classes with Nina
  • 6 days guided hiking on a unique route in Val de Bagnes
  • 5 nights accommodation in Swiss mountain cabins
  • Hearty, farm-to-table breakfast and dinner daily
  • Tourism and conservation taxes included

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
14:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace

Five traditional Swiss mountain cabins

After extensive hiking and touring in the Valais Alps, Nina has selected 5 cabins that are truly outstanding, dotted along your custom hiking route. Each cabin has its own story to tell, with distinctive history and character.

Many were built in the late 19th century, and are run by local families or farmers. All are exceptionally remote, situated over 2000 meters altitude and with stunning Alpine views, and are known for their superb food!

Each night, you will sit down to a meal of farm-to-table hearty regional dishes and local wine. Each morning, before we set out on the hike, you will feast on a breakfast of coffee/tea, fruit juice, cereals, cheese and preserves, and freshly baked bread from the oven.

Program

Hiking route through the Bagnes Valley

Your unique 74-kilometer route over six days has been carefully planned by Nina. You will cover 5000 meters ascent gain in total, and journey through incredible scenery. The route follows hiking paths, and varies in vegetation, from forests to barren rock and shale, to glaciers and grasslands.

Day 1

Le Châbles - Les Ruinettes - Lac la Vie - Cabane Mont Fort

You will meet at Le Châbles cable car station and begin your journey! You take the cable car up to Les Ruinette, via Verbier. Once at Les Ruinette, you hike up to Lac la Vie, a stunning high-altitude lake, before descending a little and meandering through sloping hills to Cabane Mont Fort, your first night stop. Nina will lead you in yoga class outside in the amphitheater of the gods at 5:30 p.m. Dinner from 7 p.m.

Day 2

Cabane Mont Fort - Col Termine - Lac Louvie

You wake early to join Nina for a guided meditation session, followed by gentle sun salutations. You will then enjoy farm-fresh breakfast, before setting out on the day hike. You arrive at the stunning Lac Louvie mountain hut by mid-afternoon. There will be time to explore the area and relax, before a yoga session at around 5:30 p.m. Dinner from 7 p.m.

Day 3

Lac Louvie - Fionnay - Cabane Brunet

You wake early to join Nina for a guided meditation session, followed by gentle sun salutations. You will then enjoy farm fresh breakfast, before setting out on the day hike. You arrive at the majestic setting of Cabane Brunet mountain hut by mid-afternoon. There will be time to explore the area and relax, before a yoga session at around 5:30 p.m. Dinner from 7 p.m.

Day 4

Cabane Brunet - Col de Avouillons - Passerelle de Corbassière - FXB Panossière

You wake early to join Nina for a guided meditation session, followed by gentle sun salutations. You will then enjoy farm fresh breakfast, before setting out for a spectacular day hike. You arrive at the dramatic FXB Panossière by mid-afternoon. There will be time to explore the Corbassière Glacier and relax, before a yoga session at around 5:30 p.m. Dinner from 7 p.m.

Day 5

FXB Panossière - Col des Otanes - Pierre à-Vire - Pont du Lancet - Cabane Chanrion

You wake early and set out straight after breakfast. This is the longest day hike of the whole trip, with some incredible scenes of Lac Mauvoisin. You arrive at the newly renovated Cabane Chanrion by late-afternoon. Dinner from 7 p.m.

Day 6

Cabane Chanrion - Col de Tsofeiret - Barrage de Mauvoisin - Mauvoisin

You wake early to join Nina for a guided meditation session, followed by gentle sun salutations. You will then enjoy farm fresh breakfast, before setting out for an inspiring last hike. You arrive at Mauvoisin car park at around 13:00. A private shuttle van will be waiting for you to take you back to Le Châble station.

Fitness / experience

It is recommended that you are relatively fit, comfortable with being on your feet for ±7 hours, and have some experience of mountain hiking. All ages are welcome. You will be carrying your own backpacks, but these need not be heavy (around 45 litres is adequate), as food and lodging are provided along the way. There are a few steep sections that will require care and some skill to navigate. Hiking poles are recommended. The most important thing is that you are steady on your feet. If you loose your balance easily, and/or are unsure of your footing, this hike will feel really tough and you might slow the group down, which is not nice for anyone.

Included excursions

Six days of guided hiking in the Swiss Alps

Join yoga teacher and experienced hiker, Nina on six days of a unique, continuous trial through the Bagnes Valley - a protected wilderness area.

Instructors

Nina Butler

Retreat location

Heaven on Earth: Val de Bagnes

The Bagnes Valley is a mountainous region of the Valais canton in the French-speaking side of Switzerland. It is famous for its jaw-dropping array of high altitude ski slopes and is home to the village of Verbier, a swanky playground for the rich and famous.

Verbier is situated at the open end of the valley, above Le Châble, the main access point, with train routes linking to Geneva, and Zurich. Beyond its villages, the valley has an abundance of protected wilderness and 3000 meters plus peaks, including the majestic Grand Combin, a pavlova of pristine snow above the Glacier de Corbassière, where you will spend a night en route!

At the top end of the valley is an expansive lake and reservoir, Lac de Mauvoisin. The region also boasts archeological ruins dating back to the 4th century BC, magical fern forests, and raclette cheese - an impressive edifice of Swiss culture.

Food

Farm-to-table Swiss mountain cuisine

Breakfasts and dinners daily are provided by the traditional Swiss mountain hikers' cabins you will stay in. Nina has carefully selected 5 cabins dotted along the unique multi-day hiking trail.

Breakfast

  • An assortment of seasonal fruits, jams, preserves, and cheeses
  • Farm fresh milk and yogurt (or, non-dairy alternatives)
  • Homemade muesli or cereals / oats
  • Nuts and dried fruits
  • Freshly baked bread and pastries
  • Eggs
  • Fruit juice, tea, and coffee

Dinner

Each cabin will have its own menu. decided upon on the day. Usually, the meal comprises of:

  • Seasonal farm-to-table vegetables and salads
  • Vegetarian stew and/or soup
  • Rice, or potato dishe
  • Regional cheese
  • One regional meat dish
  • Fresh bread
  • Desert, often including seasonal fruits
  • Tea, water / juice, and coffee
  • Swiss regional (Valais canton) wine, beers, and spirits are available for purchase at every cabin

Hiking snacks, or lunch

Each cabin has a menu of options for you to order from at an additional cost. If you like, you can order a lunch pack from a cabane the night before a hiking day. This usually costs 15 CHF. Nina highly recommends you also pack your favorite hiking snacks to keep you fuelled on the trail!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Mountain biking
  • Paragliding
  • Via Farratta
  • Rock climbing
  • Horseback riding

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation in Swiss mountain cabins
  • 6 days guided hiking on a unique route in Val de Bagnes
  • Hearty, farm-to-table breakfast and dinner daily
  • Daily guided meditation and yoga classes with Nina
  • All gondola/cable car passes on 7 August
  • Private shuttle van: Mauvoisin > Le Châble on 12 August
  • Tourism and conservation taxes

What's not included

  • All travel to / from Le Châble, Valais, Switzerland
  • Visas
  • Trail snacks / lunch during the day whilst hiking (you can always make a takeaway bundle of food for yourself at breakfast before departing the cabin or purchase extra food from their a la carte menu
  • Wine / beer / alcoholic drinks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Geneva Airport (GVA) or Zürich Airport (ZRH). Then, make your way to Le Châble train station by 12:00 on Sunday, 1 August 2021. Use the Swiss transport company, SSB, to book your train tickets and navigate the route (their app is excellent). Nina will meet you at 12:00 outside the cable car station at Le Châble gare, which is directly in front of you as you exit the train platform. For guests arriving the night before, ask Nina for recommendations amongst the excellent places to stay in Le Châble.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday August 7, 2022
Departure: Friday August 12, 2022

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