An easy-going walk from Tignousa cable-car station to historic Hotel Weisshorn along the Planets' Way trail and back again.
Take the cable car from St. Luc to Tignousa station, where you will join the Planets' Way. he trail is a fun and interesting work of art produced by the near-by observatory; walk through a scale version of the solar system with each kilometre representing 1 million kilometres in reality. Arrive at charming mountain hotel, Hotel Weisshorn, the perfect place to indulge in a bi of home-made cake, before retracing your steps back to St. Luc.
For cable car info and timetables, please see the following link: http://www.rma.ch/tourism/summer-2018-dates-schedules-3.html
Try the Gateaux-aux-Myrtilles at Hotel Weisshorn- delicious!
The weather can change rapidly in the Alps, always check the forecast before you start the days hiking and pack appropriately. If the weather is too rough, do not begin the trek.
There can be left over snow drifts early in the season, the can sometimes have melted underneath - particularly if it covers moving water. Just because it looks solid, it doesn't mean it is. Exercise extreme caution when crossing such snow drifts and if possible walk around them to where you can see the solidity of the ground clearly.
Some of the ground can be uneven, with rocky/pebbly paths and even ice. Ensure you have suitable footwear with ankle support, and step cautiously when needed.
Much of the path is on clifftops and there has been some erosion, for this reason, the path is sometimes unclear, be careful of the drop and of loose rocks and edges to the cliffs.
Some of the gates are cattle deterrents and are electrified, be sure to use the plastic handles and reattach the cable to the housing when you pass through, they are 12 volts, so not dangerous but very unpleasant.
As well as the appropriate shoes and layered clothing for the changeable weather and other essentials, you should consider walking poles, UV sunglasses and factor 30 suncream. The sun is bright and high UV in the higher Alps and the snow can reflect it and intensify the exposure.
Food and Drink
You can get refreshments at the funicular station, otherwise, it is worth bringing a snack, but the trail is short and a full lunch may not be necessary.
Points of Interest
The funicular Station
A restaurant and funicular station with fantastic views of the valley, great cake and good coffee for a reasonable price.
The solar system 'Planet Path
The path is 6 km long in total and tells you about the 9 planets in our solar system. Two separate scales are used: 1 metre to 1 million kilometres for walking distances and 1 cm to 1000 km for the diameters of the planets. Nature lovers can access the path on foot all year round, via St. Luc or Chandolin. Stargazing evenings are organised for the public several times a year and these provide the opportunity of observing the sun and the moon.
Francesco Mosoni was born in 1845 in Domodossola, from an Italian father and a mother from Valais. He practised a commercial activity in Zermatt and later in Sierre. With his brother Pierre, away from any civilization at 2337m of altitude, north of Nava, they built on the site called ”Teta Fayaz ” a hotel on a promontory from where the views are spectacular. The location selection was said to be influenced by Pierre Pont, the owner of the Bella Tola hotel in St. Luc, to avoid competition. Initially, it was a building whose ground floor was made of stone and the first floor of wood.
This tour is available on the following itineraries: WSTSOTM