In the summer Châtel is the perfect base for walking, hiking, trail running, rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, white water rafting, fishing and a whole lot more!

Mountain Biking

Châtel is a fantastic place for mountain biking, there’s more than 850km of marked trails and 24 lifts open in the summer. You can hire a guide who will take you out on a suitable route depending on your level, it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or expert, there’s a trail for you! For prices and more information please click here.


Châtel offers 90km of trails, all well sign posted and maintained from 1hr to full day hikes. Châtel Tourist Office and the National Forestry Commission have created a network of signposted paths through the most interesting areas on the mountains. These paths are colour-coded and there’s something for all abilities.

White Water Rafting

Anyone keen to try white water rafting is in luck – there are a number of companies that operate adrenaline filled rafting experiences on the River Dranse –  just 30 minutes from Châtel by car or transfer. For more details please click here.

Zip Line

Adrenaline junkies will love the  Fantasticable zip line – there are two lines from Plaine Dranse. You can fly 240m above the valley superman style at around 120km/hour!

Swimming Pool & Spa

The Forme d’O Aquatic Centre is a swimming pool complex located in the Châtel. You’ll find three pools (indoor and outdoor), restaurants, a spa area and fitness centre.

Rock Climbing

The Plaine Dranse rock climbing site offers four boulders (Chapelle, Animaux, Fleurs and Arbres). 23 routes from 5 – 10 m. There is also a 250 m abseil down the cascade de l’essert waterfall, renowned as an amazing canyoning site. Climbing route guide books are available from Châtel Tourisme. Please click here for more information.

Trail Running

Fancy some trail running in the mountains? Come and have a go in the Portes du Soleil! With more than 400km of signposted trail tracks and 23 mountain lifts you’ll be spoilt for choice!. Please refer to the Trace de Trail website for running routes ranging from 6.5km – 60km +