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Rawilpass mule packer trekking

En route with three mules, just like muleteer times


Maultiere auf dem Rawilpass

In the late middle ages, the Rawilpass was used to take wine from the Valais and cheese and cattle from Simmental. This historical mule path provides a unique trekking experience and is explored in small groups, accompanied by three mules and an outdoor guide.

The mule trek takes you over the Rawilpass, which is steeped in history. Spectacular archaeological finds from the Bronze Age and Roman era provide evidence that the link between Simmental and Rhonetal was used in ancient times. The Rawilpass was significant from the late middle ages, primarily for exchanging goods between Ayent and Lenk. The trek will take you back in time to the era of the active pack mule trails with stories by Hansueli Weber and the mules guiding the way. The mules, flora and fauna, a few nibbles in the Valais, history, good wine and cheese are the focus of this trek.

Participants will be interested in history from the time of the active pack mule trails and in nature and landscape. They will also have wanderlust and the stamina to partake in day treks with a 600 and 1,000-metre difference in altitude as well as hiking equipment and a desire to share this experience with like-minded people. The mule packer trek includes challenging stages and requires good physical fitness and free from giddiness. The route passes over mountain trails. You will need to bring walking boots and comfortable walking clothes and waterproofs with you. Well broken-in footwear is an advantage when it comes to preventing blisters. Rucksack containing your luggage to be tied on to the mules. Daypack with drinking bottle and/or thermos flask. For the overnight stay at Gîte de Lourantze, a silk or cotton sleeping bag.

Accommodation is based on twin and multi-bed rooms. Tasty food is provided along the way. The luggage is carried by the mules; you will only need to carry one daysack yourself.

You will be walking in small groups with a maximum of 12 persons. The trek takes place in any weather. The participants are responsible for insurance.

The tour is led by the very friendly and experienced outdoor guide, Hansueli Weber, who is also a mule trekking specialist and mule packer. Three of his affectionate mules will also be joining you on the trek.

Trekking itinerary
Iffigenalp (Lenk) to Sion, Sunday, 12 up to and including Tuesday, 14 August 2018. Start at Iffigenalp at 9am. Overnight stay the night before on Iffigenalp or arrival by bus from Lenk train station 8.28 am.
1. Stage: Iffigenalp (Lenk) - Lac Tzeusier, overnight stay at Gîte de Lourantze
2. Stage: Lac Tzeusier - Anzère, overnight stay at Hotel Zodiaque in Anzère
3. Stage: Anzère - Sion, farewell in Sion in the evening & journey home (organised individually)

Sion to Iffigenalp (Lenk), Wednesday, 15 up to and including Friday, 17 August 2018. Arrival at Bahnhofsplatz in Sion at 9 am.
1. Stage: Sion - Anzère, overnight stay at Hotel Zodiaque in Anzère. Start in Sion 9 am
2. Stage: Anzère - Lac Tzeusier, overnight stay at Gîte de Lourantze
3. Stage: Lac Tzeusier - Iffigenalp, farewell in the evening on Iffigenalp. An additional overnight stay on Iffigenalp is recommended.


Iffigenalp (Lenk) – Sion: Sunday, 12 to Tuesday, 14 August 2018
Sion – Iffigenalp (Lenk): Wednesday, 15 up to an including Friday, 17 August 2018

Mule packer Festival (planned)
On Saturday 18 August, a mule packer festival is likely taking place . Details in the calender of events.

Physical fitness
Day treks with a 600 and 1,000-metre difference in altitude. Challenging stages requires good physical fitness and free from giddiness.

Booking and details
Book at Lenk-Simmental Tourismus by Monday, 9 July 2018. Once you have booked, you will find out whether the trek will take place or not, as it depends on the number of people interested.

Experience package price
CHF 550 per person. The price includes 2 nights’ accommodation and food during the trek. The cost of the journey there and back, as well as accommodation before and after the mule packer trek is not included and must be organised separately.

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Lenk-Simmental Tourism

Rawilstrasse 3
CH-3775 Lenk im Simmental
Tel. +41 33 736 35 35

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