Snowshoeing to the beautiful Zinal glacier, Switzerland

Winter is coming!

Not being a winter person and the winter is approaching I’m slowly panicking just the thought of minus degres!

Not only it is freezing even with layers of clothes and heat patches all over my body, there is not much things to do during winter time…says a person who doesn’t ski! But I do admit that there are days I can totally fall in love with the winter wonderland: the trees are fully covered with snow and the sky is blue! And I do love snowshoeing!

For this coming winter, I asked David to make a list of activities we could do with our one years old daughter Mirabelle. The first thing on the list is snowshoeing to the amazing Zinal glacier in the canton of Valais!

We did this back in 2012 before we had our daughter and I can’t remember excatly where we parked our car and where we started the snow walk as we were with a hiking group and we just went with the flow. I think though that the starting point was at the Zinal village by the Pont de Singline.

It was an easy walk with beautiful surrounding for about  2.5 hours to the glacier. Every moment was a wow-moment because this was the first time for me being deep in a snowed valley.

You can do this hike every winter and never get bored because the caves will be different every year since the snow will melt and form and shape new caves. If you are a first timer on a pair of snowshoes there are a lot of guided tour but if you already have experiences with snowshoeing and mountains the hike is doable without a guide. Just remember to call the tourist information about the risk of avalanche before you head out.

If you are unlucky, there are no entrance to a cave. When we were there in 2012 we were lucky having two entrances into two caves.


First Zinal glacier cave

The entrance to one of the first Zinal glacier cave..look how small the person is compare to the gap of the snowwalls.

Strolling inside of a thousand and thousand old glacier makes you realised how powerful the mother nature is…and yet so fragile. 

I was pretending to be an ice princess living in an ice castle, like in one of the Disney’s movie.


The second Zinal glacier cave

The entrance to the second cave and this is not for people with small-space issue! I was thrilled knowing that the cave can collaps anytime!

I wanted to explore every corner because this unique cave will not be the same for next winter…if you even can enter into one next time.

It was very slippery inside so watch your steps!

Tasting old ice!

Now thinking of the unique Zinal glacier cave I kind of looking forward to winter! Finger crossed that we will be exploring the Zinal glacier with Mirabelle this winter!

Have you guys experience anything like Zinal glacier? 


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  1. This place is really beautiful. The hike itself must have been something and then wandering within each cave - magical actually. I am sure it was tough but worth every minute.

  2. I’ve snowshoes before and visited glaciers, but never did both simultaneously! I would love to, it seems like quite the adventure. And as always, you Switzerland photos are stunning.

  3. Hi there, this looks so amazing. I’ve started snowshoing this winter and I’m loving it! But I have never been inside a glacier before so that is still on my bucket list 🙂

    • Hi Celine, I hope you will be able to explore inside of a glacier once…its beautiful! Have fun while enjoying the beautiful mother nature!

  4. Can you do that without guide???
    I will go next week….im sooo excited!!!

    • I think you can but call the tourist center in Zinal before to make sure is safe to go there for some natural reasons like avanlance risk etc. I hope you will get to explore the ice cave!

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