Arolla, highest campsite in Europe, 1.950 m

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

No reservations. See FAQ

Annual closure.
The campsite will re-open in June Jun 7, 2021 (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.

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New for this season 2020

All the small (or big) novelties that we have prepared for you this season.

Petanque ground

Petanque ground

  • A field for playing pétanque.
  • Petanque games for rent.
Return of the stack-line

Return of the stack-line

  • For young and old.


  • A new free barcecue for everyone.
  • Charcoal on sale at the reception.
Sausages for sale

Sausages for sale

  • And classic sausages or artisanal from Les Haudères for the barbecue. Available at the reception.
Free reading box

Free reading box

  • A box where everyone can deposit and borrow books for free.
Self-service grass container

Self-service grass container

  • You will always find good fresh herbs.
  • To be used to accommodate your dishes.

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 location
An ideal terrain

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.

Clean and modern sanitary facilities
A grocery store of local products

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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Luxury tent "Cocoon & Cozy"
Tents and equipment for rent.

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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Magic walks & hikes
Serving our customers

Serving our customers

Our customers appreciated it ! 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.

The village of Arolla

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.

The wastewater evacuation system for motorhomes is broken and temporarily unavailable.

We are actively working to put the system back into service. We apologize.

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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.

The Blue Lac

An exceptional treasure in the heart of the Alps. Realization

Presentation of Camping Arolla & La Gouille

Realization Capture Concepts.


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.


Learn more

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 bins is now mandatory for waste. Mandatory billing.
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 bin mandatory / 1,00 CHF
All taxes included

Cocoon Tents (2020)

85 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
  • Taxed trash bag mandatory / small 1,00 CHF
  • /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
  • Crockery (2p) - 2,00 CHF/d
  • Crockery (4p) - 3.00 CHF/d
  • We do not rent sleeping bag or duvet
  • We do not rent floor mats,
    bring your own.
  • These prices are for rental. Of course, you will have to add the prices for a classic pitch.
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, Amour, Gloire et beauté

On parle de nous


Ce que dit la presse va vous étonner ...

Some quotes from the press ...

«The views of Pigne d’Arolla, Aiguille de la Tsa, and Mont Blanc de Cheilon are jaw-dropping,»

Berg Welten

«Le point de départ idéal pour l'aventure.»

The Guardian

«It’s a very special place to roll out of bed in the morning and breathe the freshest Alpine air.»


«Best for: Head-clearing fresh air»

Le nouvelliste

«Les gens adorent ça»

«Waking up to snow-capped mountains makes for a view so dramatic that you will feel as though you have just been transported into your desktop background.»

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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.

New For This Season 2020

New For This Season 2020


All the small (or big) novelties that we have prepared for you this season.

Read more ...
Interview of Cyril and Ambre

Interview of Cyril and Ambre

Interview with Cyril and Ambre, managers 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.



The camping fairy

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



Your favorite camping manager

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



The (real) boss of the campsite

Glop glop



The groundhog of the campsite

Wouff wouff

Do not hesitate to contact us

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

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from June to September

No reservations. See FAQ

Opening Dates

Annual closure.
The campsite will re-open in June Jun 7, 2021 (close on Sep 14, 2020)

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