The Tour des Dents-du-Midi
The Tour des Dents-du-Midi, the pioneering hike of the Valais (inauguration in 1972), owes its reputation to the marathon which has been run here for almost 40 years. You may organise the stages of your walk as you wish, using the various huts along the route for accommodation, to eat meals in or simply to buy refreshments.
The Dents-du-Midi landscape with its striking contrasts will be your constant companion all the way along this well-marked and well-maintained path. Lakes, waterfalls and fast-flowing streams jostle with forests, scree and high mountain pastures in the attempt to win your admiration. At a bend in the path, you will be surprised by the alarm call of a marmot, the delicate perfume of a flower or the profound silence of the mountain in the early hours of the morning. Ibex, black grouse, chamois, bearded vultures and other of our mountain treasures will persuade you of the enchanting nature of the Dents-du-Midi massif.
Thanks to Fernand Jordan, this tour was one of the first mountain marathons. It was the perfect tour to train mountain soldiers of the Swiss Army and adepts of mountain trials as well. The Dents-du-Midi marathon lasted about 40 years and is still mythical today (created in 1962, last marathon in 2000). In 2000, the organisation of this event was not possible anymore as the security contraints did not meet ends. The record time is 4 :21 :20 realised in 1991 by Pierre-André Gobet from the canton of Fribourg.