In the heart of the Swiss Alps, at an altitude of 1 950 meters, Camping Arolla is situated in a beautiful position with a panorama of stunning mountains and glaciers. It offers dozens of routes and walks of every variety starting just a stone’s throw away.
The campsite is open from june 15 until 10th September 2017
The campsite has pleasant large and flat pitches.
All the campsite has nice alpine grass.
A large part of the pitches have access to electric connections.
The plugs are Swiss or European.
A free Wifi (Wlan) connection is accessible from most parts of the campsite.
The campsite has large, modern and well-maintained sanitary facilities.
There are hot showers, dish washing sinks, washing sinks toilets etc...
There are dedicated sinks for clothes washing, and washing machines are free for our guests.
Reception and shop
At the reception you will always find a warm and friendly welcome.
We can provide you with good practical information about activities in the area, including walks and hikes.
We have a little shop where you'll find grocery, gaz and fuel, maps, drinks...
Fresh bread is delivered every day starting at 8H00. You must order the bread the day before.
In the village you'll also find 2 groceries, a sport shop, a post office and a tourism office.
Rates for 2017. All prices are indicated in Swiss Francs and all taxes inclusive.
6.00 CHF (under 12 years)
7.00 to 12.00 CHF
10.00 to 13.00 CHF
11.00 to 15.00 CHF
Daily rates examples
2 adults, small tent and a car: 26 CHF
2 adults, 1 child, small caravan and electricity: 36,50 CHF
1 adult, small tent: 15 CHF
We accept most bank and credit cards.
To contact us, the easiest way is to write us an eMail.
We usually respond very quickly.
Route de Tsalion
1986 Arolla - Switzerland
Phone: 0041 (0)27 283 22 95 (June to September)
For several decades the Arolla campsite has been viewed as an ideal base-camp for hikers and alpinists.
Directly from the campsite you can reach a lot of hiking and mountain routes.
Clic on the map to open an interactive hiking map of Arolla
Main summits around Arolla
Pigne d'Arolla, Mont Blanc de Cheilon, Aiguille de la Tsa, Aiguilles rouges d'Arolla, Dent Blanche,
Tête Blanche, Mont Collon, L'Evêque, Les Bouquetins, Tête de Valpelline, Douves Blanches, Grand Cornier,
Pointe des Genevois, Dents de Veisivi, La Luette, Pointe de Vouasson ...
Clic on the map to obtain a bigger view (printable PDF).
Longer hiking routes
Several well known alpine hikes go through Arolla.
On the Chamonix-Zermatt hike the campsite is the stop between Pra-Fleuri and Moiry.
For the Tour du Cervin (Matterhorn tour), Arolla is an important stop before crossing to Italy over Col Collon.
The campsite in Arolla is the stop N° 20 of Chemin des cols Alpins (Suisse walking route N° 6).
Apart the summits there are also several glacier hiking routes in the upper Val d'Hérens.
The glacier hiking routes needs a good knowledge of high mountain. You need also adequate equipment.
- Crossing of Plateau d'Hérens between Cabane de la Dent Blanche and Cabane Bertol.
- Crossing between Cabane des Vignettes et le Refuge des Bouquetins ou la Cabane Bertol.
- Crossing between Cabane des Dix and Cabane des Vignettes via Col de la Serpentine.
- Route Arolla - Zermatt via Tête Blanche and Col d'Hérens.
You can also combine these routes to make a very nice 4 or 5 days glacier hike.
Some usefull links
List of alpine routes and hikes (mostly in French): www.camptocamp/org/arolla
Val d'Hérens mountain guide association: www.herens-montagne.ch
Six mountain huts are directly accessible from Arolla.
You can make a stop in these huts for the next days hike or climb.
These huts also make a nice target for a day’s walk.
Cabane de la Tsa
Cabane de la Tsa. On the other side of the valley you see the Aiguilles Rouges d'Arolla
Access in 1H45 on a easy walking path.
Difficulty: for good walkers.
Hut altitude 2 632 m, climbing from campsite 682 m.
Hikes & Climbs from hut: Dent de Tsallion, Pointe des Genevois,
Dent de la Tsa (via Tsallion).
Cabane des Aiguilles Rouges
Access in 2H45 on a easy walking path.
Difficulty: for good walkers.
Hut altitude 2 821 m, climbing from campsite 871 m.
Hikes & Climbs from hut: Pointe de Vouasson, Aiguilles Rouges d'Arolla,
Mont de l'Etoile.
Cabane des Dix
La Cabane des Dix.
Access in 4h00 via Pas de Chèvres and Glacier des Dix.
Difficulty: for good alpine walker (glacier crossing).
Hut altitude 2 928 m, climbing from campsite 1 100 m.
Hikes & Climbs from hut: Mont Blanc de Cheilon,
Pigne d'Arolla, La Luette ...
La cabane Bertol
Access in 4h30.
Difficulty: for very good alpine walkers.
Hut altitude 3 311 m, climbing from campsite 1 361 m.
Hikes & Climbs from hut: Tête Blanche, Tête de Valpelline,
Aiguille de la Tsa, Dents de Bertol ...
Cabane des Vignettes
La cabane seen from col des Vignettes
Access in 3h30.
Difficulty: very good alpine walker (rope necessary: open glacier).
Hut altitude 3 157 m, climbing from campsite 1 207 m.
Hikes & Climbs from hut: Pigne d'Arolla, Mont Collon, L'Evêque,
Mont Blanc de Cheilon ...
Refuge des Bouquetins
Le refuge des Bouquetins.
Unguarded hut. Access in 4h00.
Difficulty: for very good alpine walker (glacier walking).
Hut altitude 2 980 m, climbing from campsite 1 030 m.
Hikes & Climbs from hut: Mont Brulé, Pointes d'Oren,
Traversée des Bouquetins ...
Refuge des Bouquetins
At the campsite, under certain conditions, we don't charge for the nights you stay in huts.
For Example: you camp for several days with 2 people one tent and a car.
The nights you stay on the camping we charge for 2 people, one tent and one car.
The night you stay in a hut we only charge for the tent and the car.
If you drive on the highway take the direction to Sion. At the "Sion Est" exit, follow direction «Val d’Hérens».
After 45 minutes of driving up you arrive at Arolla. The campsite is before the village of Arolla on the left.
By train and bus
Take a train or car until the railway station in Sion.
Right in front of the railway station take a bus for "Arolla". Ask the driver to stop for you at the campsite.
The shedule for the bus from Sion is here and for other schedules and prices click here.
The easiest way is to take a flight until Geneva.
At Geneva airport take the train to Sion and then the bus to Arolla (3 hours approx.)
From Pra Fleuri hut via Pas de Chèvres. From Italy via Col Collon.
From Zermatt via Col d'Hérens. From Zinal via Moiry and la Sage.
Some distances from campsite
Village center 2 km: 3 min
Ferpècle 19 km: 30 min
Evolène 16 km: 20 min
Les Haudères 10 km: 15 min
Sion 35 km: 45 min
Times are indicated for travel by car or bus.
Frequently asked questions ...
Why couldn't we make a reservation for a pitch ?
Our pitches are not delimited and have no numbers.
For this reason, it is not possible to book in advance.
The campsite is large and we usually have sufficient space to welcome all campers.
For groups, please contact us by eMail.
Is there a children playground and a swimming-pool ?
What is the temperature at night ?
This is difficult to predict. It depends on the periods, the winds etc …
Usually we have between 4°C and 7°C in the morning but it can get much colder.
It is recommended to have gear adapted to this altitude.
Do you have chalets or caravans to rent ?
No, we do not have any static rentals.
Is it allowed to make some fire ?
It is strictly forbidden to have such fires on our beautiful alpine grass!
Elevated barbecues are allowed but you should respect your neighbours.
Is there an Internet access on the campground ?
Yes. Most parts of the campground are covered by a Wifi (Wlan) network.
This network is free for our guests.
Can we pay with a credit card ?
Yes. We accept most credit and bank cards.
Do you have a grocery ? Do you sale bread ?
Yes we have a little grocery. We sell bread but you have to order it the day before.
In the village (15 minuts walk or 3 minuts by car) you'll find two bigger groceries.
Do you have a freezer for ice blocks ?
Yes. You can use the freezer for your iceblocks.
We don’t accept either water bottles or food in the freezer. It is strictly reserved for ice blocks.
How long is the sun shining on the campsite ?
The sunshine times vary in the season. The sun arrives at 8h30 and leaves at 19h00 beginning of July.
End of August, the sun arrives at 9h30 and leaves at 18h30.
Do you organise Karaoke or Disco in the evening ?
Are there some electric connections ?
Yes, some parts of the campsite pitches have electric connections.
Terrace A (for caravans and camper vans) has 10 amp european plug connections.
Terrace B (for tents) has also a few 10 amp swiss plug connections.
I want to come without my car. Is it possible ?
Yes. We have a lot of guests coming with no car and staying several weeks on the campsite.
All services and shops are accessible by walking or by bus. No need for a car.
We have more and more people coming by airplane to Geneva and then by train and bus (see Access).
We recommend the 1/25000 map from TopoRando named "Val d'Hérens".
This map covers all the valley. We have it allways in stock at the camping.
Cabane de la Tsa : cabanedelatsa.ch
Cabane Bertol : www.bertol.ch
Cabane des Vignettes : www.cabanedesvignettes.ch
Cabane des Dix : www.cabanedesdix.ch
Cabane des Aiguilles Rouges : www.aiguillesrouges.ch
Refuge des Bouquetins : link
Tourist office : www.evolene-region.ch
Mountain guides : www.herens-montagne.ch