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Chandolin over Illsee to the Meretschi Alp

Hike along the beautiful paths to the artificial lake Illsee and enjoy the mountain view on the Meretschi alp.
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 7.7 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  From Chandolin there are plenty of options to go hiking, and in this guide we'll take you to the high lake of Illsee and the Meretschi... more »


  • Try to reach the Meretschi Alp at noon, it is a great place to have dinner with a nice view.

  • Topographic map: Evolène - Carte Nationale de la Suisse.

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Points of Interest

1. Illsee

The artificial lake and its barrage/dam. The barrage is as of 2010 to 2012 under renovation works but hikers can still pass the barrage.

2. Illhorn (2716m)

Want it to be more challenging? When arriving at Pas de l'Illsee you can visit the Illhorn mountain. Takes 30 minutes to climb so calculate an extra hour! Extra vertical ascent 200m.

3. Pas de l'Illsee

Mountainpass of the Illhorn. From here you can do an extra climb to the Illhorn where you'll get an amazing view over the Rhone valley. At this mountain pass we take the route to Illsee.

4. Illpass

Second mountain pass during this hike, from here we take the route to La Grande Remointse.

5. Meretschi alp

The furthest point of the hike is on the Meretschi Alp. An ideal place for lunch at noon where you can enjoy a magnificent view over the lake Illsee and the surrounding mountains like the nearby Illhorn (2716m), Schwarzhorn (2790m), Rothorn (2998m) and the Bella Tolla (3024m).

6. Cabane d'Illhorn

During this hike we pass the Cabane d'Illhorn, an ideal place to have a drink on the terrace and enjoy the view.