Arolla, highest campsite in Europe, 1.950 m

Highest campsite in Europe, in Val d'Hérens-Valais, in a totally natural environment at the foot of the Swiss peaks and glaciers, ideal base camp for hikers, mountaineers and nature & majestic landscapes lovers.

The ideal base camp to relax, for walkers, hikers and mountaineers.

Camping Arolla - Route de Tsalion, 8 - 1986 Arolla - Switzerland

Annual closure.
The campsite will re-open in June Jun 13, 2020 (close on Sep 14, 2020)

Reception usually opens : 8-10h / 17-19h

Open 4 months (June to September) in the heart of the Swiss Alps at 1 950 m altitude, in Valais (Val d’Hérens), you will enjoy camping in a natural environment at the foot of peaks and glaciers. Many hikes and alpine races from Arolla.

An ideal location

Highest campsite in Europe (1,950m), we are located in the canton of Valais (Val d’Hérens) in French-speaking Switzerland. We are settled in a totally natural environment at the foot of the peaks of mountains and glaciers. It is an ideal base camp for hikers, mountaineers and nature & majestic landscapes lovers.


An ideal terrain

The campsite has beautiful flat pitches arranged in terraces. The whole campsite is grassy. A large part of the campsite has electrical terminals. The plugs are wiss or European. A free WiFi (wlan) network is available from most parts of the campsite. Bins with free kitchen herbs are available.

Clean and modern sanitary facilities

The campsite has large, modern and perfectly 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.


A grocery store of local products

At the reception you will find a friendly and competent welcome. We can provide you with good practical information about activities in the area, including walks and hikes. We have a small grocery store with local and artisan products as well as some vegan products, gas, drinks. Fresh bread is delivered every day starting at 8H00. You must order the bread the day before.

Luxury tent "Cocoon & Cozy"

Have you always dreamed of camping, but you are not a seasoned adventurer? Come spend an unforgettable night in the heart of the mountains, perched at 1950m altitude, all in a comfortable & warm atmosphere! Our Cocooning tents are designed for two people, including real double beds, a wood stove, and everything you need for basic cooking.

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Tents and equipment for rent.

Travel light! On reservation, we rent tents 2 or 3/4 people with or without mattresses, as well as stoves, floor mats, dishes.

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Magic walks & hikes

Several major alpine routes pass through Arolla. There are also many glacier hiking routes in the upper Val d’Hérens. Six mountain huts (shelters) are directly accessible from Arolla.

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Our Bar/Restaurant in La Gouille

Since summer 2019, for each campsite client, we offer coupons for our restaurant / music bar “La Gouille” located 3.2km towards Evolène !

Bar/Restaurant La Gouille ...

Serving our customers

Our customers appreciated ! We had the pleasure and honor of receiving several Guest Review Awards 2018 from in 2018, 2019 !


The village of Arolla

In the village of Arolla you will find 2 food shops, a sports shop, a post office, a tourist office and 4 restaurants.

Sanitary and shower

Hot shower 1 CHF (4 min). Dish sink with hot water, wc and washbasin.

Grocery of local products

Hot drinks and groceries of local and organic products.

Natural products

Exceptionally pure water live from the glacier, natural local products. We use only environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Free Wifi Internet

A free Wi-Fi (wlan) Internet network is available on almost the entire campsite.

Magic walks

Many hikes are from Arolla. All tastes and all levels!

Nearby huts

A unique experience. Six mountin huts (shelters) are directly accessible from Arolla. These huts also make a nice target for a day’s walk.

Magic hikes

Hiking & Mountaineering


For several decades, the Arolla campsite is the ideal base camp for hikers and mountaineers. Directly from the campsite, you can access a large number of hikes and high mountain races.


Great hike

Several major alpine routes pass through Arolla. Crossing Chamonix-Zermatt, the Matterhorn Tour just before passing through Italy by Col Collon. The campsite is stage N ° 20 of the Alpine Passes Route Switzerland No. 6.


Ice Excursions

There are also many glacier hikes in the upper Val d’Hérens. These glacier hikes require a good knowledge of the high mountains and equipment suitable for glacier walking.


The main summits

Arolla Pines, Mont Blanc de Cheilon, Needle of the Tsa, Red Needles of Arolla, White Tooth, White Head, Mount Collon, The Bishop, The Ibex, Head of Valpelline, White Moat, Grand Cornier, Pointe des Genevois, Teeth of Veisivi, La Luette, Pointe de Vouasson.


Huts around the campsite

Six huts (shelters) are directly accessible from Arolla. They allow to make a step (eat, sleep) for the race of the next day. These huts also make a nice target for a day’s walk. Enjoy our exclusive service offered.


An exclusive service of Arolla campsite

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.


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Find all the useful information on hiking, excursions, and mountaineering around the Arolla campsite, as well as on the huts.

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Very sweet prices

Rates (all taxes included)


2020 prices.
All prices are quoted in Swiss Francs and all taxes (including the tourist tax / Adult = 1,10 CHF / Child = 0,55 CHF) included.
According to Federal law, the use of taxed trash bags is now mandatory for waste. Mandatory billing of a bag on arrival, this tax is paid entirely to the municipality.
We accept most bank cards.

Classic pitches

Rates 2020

Unit prices per day.

  • Adult / CHF 8.70 (tourist tax included)
  • Child / CHF 6.50 (tourist tax included)
  • Small tent pitch / CHF 7.50
  • Medium tent pitch CHF 10.20
  • Large tent pitch / CHF 12.20
  • Car / CHF 3.20
  • Small caravan / CHF 10.20
  • Large caravan / CHF 13.20
  • Van CHF 9.20
  • Small motorhome / CHF 11.20
  • Large motorhome / CHF 15.20
  • Moto / CHF 1.20
  • Electricity / CHF 4.50
  • Dog / CHF 1.00
  • Taxed trash bag mandatory / small 0,95 CHF / big 1,90 CHF
All taxes included

Cocoon Tents (2020)

70 CHF / day

Per night, for 2 people. online booking

  • A large double bed (cocoon 2)
  • Quilt, pillows & towels
  • Wood heating
  • Necessary for basic cooking
  • Price per night, all taxes included
  • For 2 people
  • /Only on reservation/


7 CHF / day

Example 2020 price per day for renting a tent for 2 people.

  • Small tent (1/2p) - 7.00 CHF/d
  • Medium tent (3/4p) - 10.00 CHF/d
  • Stove + Gas - 2,50 CHF/d
  • Floor mats (2p) - 2,50 CHF/d
  • Crockery (2p) - 2,00 CHF/d
  • Crockery (4p) - 3.00 CHF/d
  • /We do not rent sleeping bag or duvet/
On request only (see below)

Beautiful pictures



Here is a small overview of campsite photos. To see all the photos go to the "Photos" section.

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Gossip, The Bold and the Beautiful

They talk about us


What the press says will amaze you ...

20 of the best campsites in Europe

  • Camping Arolla
  • Top 20

Five cool Alpine camping sites

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  • Top 5

Pitch up, look sharp - 9 cool camping spots

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  • Top 9 ... avec Yosemite Park

Un véritable camp de base

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  • Coup de coeur

The highest campsite in Europe.

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50 World’s top spots for sleeping under the stars

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Europe's best mountainside campsites

  • Camping Arolla
  • Top 10

Switzerland and Japan Are the World's Best Countries

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Randonnées et trail dans le Val d’Hérens

  • Camping Arolla
  • Trail, Val d'hérens

La seule personne à avoir skié la face nord du Cervin

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5 of the best campsites in Europe for active travellers

  • Camping Arolla
  • Top 5, Active travellers

Europe’s highest campsite

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  • Plays to a panorama of glaciers and summits

The Wild Wild campings

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  • Una utopía campestre

Natural campsites in the Swiss mountains

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  • Neither hedges nor concrete parking

The most beautiful and modern camps in Europe

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  • Ideal place to stay in nature and inspire the purest air.

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  • Number 1
  • Impressionnant panorama alpin, vues sur les glaciers et les sommets

8 Great Places to Camp Before You Die

  • Camping Arolla
  • Ideal point of departure for both day hikers and more serious mountain climbers

Our Favourite Campgrounds in Switzerland

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Das sind die außergewöhnlichsten Campingplätze Europas

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  • Le camping le plus haut d'Europe, est particulièrement adapté aux randonneurs et aux alpinistes
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Super comfortable, I slept better than in my bed.


D. K.

An other happy cocoon & cozy victim.

A real landmark of love in the heart of a campsite more than breathtaking ...


Amandine L.

Customer in love

It's even better than the pictures, it's beautiful.


Megan W.

Happy camper

Honestly, we could not recommend this place highly enough, it was the highlight of our trip!



Happy customer

Grand view. Camping well arranged in full nature and well equipped. Very calm and very clean.


Aurélien G.

New & happy camper

A perfect starting point for all levels of difficulty. Stunning 360 mountain views, there's nothing like it.


Dieter B.

360 ° camping

This camp site is genuinely made me fall in love with camping. The environment is simply idyllic. Toilets are cleaner than home's,


Thais B.

New camping lover

Not only was the view of the city so much so that it was possible for camping was provided.



Swiss enthusiastic Cocoon camping

If we did not come from so far, Canada, we would come back often.


Paul-André G.

Canadian Cocoonist

Our (not so) secret stories

The latest news at the campsite


Here you will find some important information on the life of the campsite.


A music playlist

Playlist Deezer

You can’t come to the bar ? We are closed ? You’re in containment ? We did it. Here is a small selection to listen at home.

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Interview of Cyril and Ambre

Interview with Cyril and Ambre, manager of Camping d’Arolla and Hotel Bar de La Gouille

In the Val d’Hérens Tourist Information Center series “These ambassadors from elsewhere”, here is our interview carried out in October 2019.

A big thank you to Val d’Hérens and their daily action.

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Camping Arolla turns 50

This year, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Arolla campsite, created in 1969

In 1969 Joseph decided to create and develop the Petit-Praz campsite …

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The team at your disposal

The management of the campsite


Always available, always smiling, they are your interlocutor for everything. You will find them preferably at the reception from 8h to 10h and from 17h to 19h.

team people


The camping fairy

Smiles and good mood. Is it not a beautiful camping life?

team people


Your favorite camping manager

So, don't you think my lawn is beautiful ?

team people


The (real) boss of the campsite

Glop glop

team people


The groundhog of the campsite

Wouff wouff

Do not hesitate to contact us

Contact Us


We are at your disposal for any question or simple request for information.

Send your message

We do not take reservations because there is always free pitch at the campsite, you just have to come to the campsite

If you want to be reassured, you can always give us a call 2 to 3 days before your arrival.

You have answers to frequently asked questions on the FAQ.

For questions about the price of your stay, or to rent a tent this is on the rates page.

And for the anything else, we are at your disposal for any other question or simple request for information.

Where to find us

Camping Arolla - Route de Tsalion, 8 - 1986 Arolla - Switzerland

Access to the campsite

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from June to September

And when the reception is closed you can join us at La Gouille :

Opening Dates

Annual closure.
The campsite will re-open in June Jun 13, 2020 (close on Sep 14, 2020)

Reception usually opens : 8-10h / 17-19h

New Cocoon tents ...
... for 4 people.