The Alpine Pass Route Guided Walk

The Alpine Pass Route Guided Walk information and booking

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$3360
  • Duration
    14 days
    Days
  • Group size
    5-15
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    challenging
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 13 nights hotels/mountain huts/refuge

Highlights

  • Swiss Alpine Walking Encompassing a Wonderful Range of Landscapes
  • New Views Everyday
  • Variety of Passes to Cross, from Easy to Challenging
  • Comfortable Accommodation

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

This walk follows the most impressive two-week section of a classic alpine walk, which embraces much of the best mountain scenery Switzerland has to offer. It is a route which takes us over many alpine passes, some a leisurely stroll, others a tougher proposition, but all offering their own spectacular visual rewards. A marvellous complement to the high land of peaks and passes are the park-like valleys with their thickly wooded hillsides the unspoilt farming villages, deep-blue lakes and picturesque flower-decked chalets. As well as crossing the Grosse Scheidegg and the Hohturli there is also the incomparable Bernese Oberland region with its impressive peaks, the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger. There are some long days but lifts and cablecars can be used to shorten some of the walks and overnight locations can all be reached by public transport in case of bad weather. On three separate occasions, you have ‘free’ days where you can pursue optional walks, or take in other attractions such as the Jungfraujoch. This is a mountain journey full of attractions and easily ranks in quality with the Tour de Mont Blanc!

What's included

  • 13 breakfasts, 8 dinners
  • 11 nights accommodation in a mixture of 2-3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities where available and two mountain inns.
  • Luggage transfer except to the two mountain inns used
  • Walking guide accompanying group
  • Emergency hotline

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Engelberg
There is an hourly train service from Zurich airport (nearer) and from Geneva airport to Engelberg, changing trains in Luzern. Journey time from Zurich airport is 2 hrs 40 mins and from Geneva airport 4 hours 45mins. Engelberg is a beautifully situated mountain resort with a 12th century Benedictine monastery. Accomodation: Engelberg - A comfortable 3* hotel close to this Alpine village with its 12th century Benedictine monastery and right at the start of our walk!
Day 2 Engelberg (1002m) to Engstlenalp (1834m) Highest point Jochpass (2207m). 14km/4hrs 50mins
Our route takes us up past the Trubsee (1764m). From the lake we climb to the Jochpass (2,207m). We overnight in the delightful old Engstlenalp Hotel (a mountain inn). Accommodation: Engstlenalp - Mountain inn. Basic accommodation in twin-bedded rooms. No baggage transfer to or from Engstlenalp.
Day 3 Engstlenalp (1834m) to Meiringen (595m) 17 km/4hrs 40 mins Highest point Engstlenalp (1834m)
We follow a little-used path, descending through forest and along the enchanting Gental Valley to Reuti before a final steep descent to Meiringen. Near Meiringen are the Reichenbach Falls, scene of Sherlock Holmes' final struggle with Moriarty, and the Aareschlucht gorge. Accommodation: Meiringen - Our 3* hotel is centrally located near shops and the station and has modern facilities.
Day 4 Meiringen (595m) to Grindelwald (1034m) 21km/7hrs 30 mins Highest point Grosse Scheidegg (1962m)
A long hard ascent which can be eased by taking the bus for part of the way up to Schwarzwaldalp (1454m). Towering above on your left is the massive peak of the Wetterhorn (3704m). You descend to Grindelwald, the “village of Glaciers” nestling below an amphitheatre of peaks, the Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn, Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Accommodation: Grindelwald - Here we stay at a cosy 2* chalet-hotel with a spectacular view of the Eiger and the surrounding peaks. All rooms facing south have balcony, shower and WC. The hotel is a short walk from train stations and the Firstbahn gondola station.
Day 5 Rest day in Grindelwald
A resort town overlooked by the towering Eigerwand (North Face of the Eiger), scene of many dramatic climbing exploits. A trip on the Jungfrau railway (highest in Europe and 3rd highest in the world) is well worthwhile even though somewhat expensive (170 CHF 2ndClass). A magnificent view from the Jungfraujoch station (3454m) if it is clear - so check the weather forecast. You change trains at Kleine Scheidegg. A gondola (mini-cable car) (approx 25 CHF) trip up to First gives access to a delightful walk to the Faulhorn Peak (2681m), a tremendous viewpoint in clear weather. There are numerous other fine day walks at all altitudes around Grindelwald. Accommodation: Grindelwald - See day 4.
Day 6 Grindelwald (1034m) to Lauterbrunnen (797m) 19km/6hrs 30mins Highest point Kleine Scheidegg (2061m)
A short descent to Grund (943m) and then a steady ascent along a steep forest track to the day's high point at the famous pass of Kleine Scheidegg, and then down via the beautifully located village of Wengen to Lauterbrunnen deep down in the Loetschinen Valley. Accommodation: Lauterbrunnen - Our 3* hotel, only two minutes' walk from the train station, provides views of the famous Jungfrau Mountain and of the waterfalls on both sides of the valley. The en suite rooms are tastefully furnished and decorated.
Day 7 In Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen lies in a spectacular narrow valley and is one of the major attractions of the Bernese Oberland. One possibility is to anticipate tomorrow's long climb by walking the first part up to Murren today. From Murren you can walk back by a scenic route via Gimmelwald down to Stechelberg, from where there is an hourly bus back along the valley to Lauterbrunnen. Another possibility is to take the cable car up from Stechelberg or Murren to the Schilthorn. Accommodation: Lauterbrunnen -See day 6.
Day 8 Lauterbrunnen (797m) or Murren (1665m) to Griesalp/Golderli (1408m) 21km/9 hrs 30 mins (15km/7 hours from Murren) High point Sefinenfurke (2612m).
It is a very long climb up from Lauterbrunnen (795m) to the Sefinenfurke Pass (2,612m), but if you have followed our suggestion of walking up to Murren on Day 7, it is possible to shorten this without missing out any of the walk by taking the cable car and railway up to Murren (1665m). The climb on from Murren via Brunli (2,127m) is straightforward. Our exertions are rewarded by stunning views of the Eiger (3,970m), Monch (4,099m) and Jungfrau (4,158m). From the Sefinenfurke Pass it is a steep and impressive descent into the Durenberg valley and down to Griesalp, for our night’s accommodation in fairly basic twin-bedded rooms in a mountain inn. Accommodation: Griesalp/Golderli - Mountain inn. Basic accommodation in twin-bedded rooms or possibly the dormitory. We will inform you if this is the case. No baggage transfer to or from Griesalp.
Day 9 Hohturli (2778m) to Kandersteg.
Griesalp-Golderli (1408m) to Kandersteg (1176m). 15km/7hrs 30mins. High point Today is probably the hardest day of the trip. There are rewards in some of the finest scenery of the trip. The last section of the ascent from Griesalp to Hohturli is steep and aided by chains. The hut near the Hohturli, Blumlisalphutte (2,837m), is just a few minutes’ climb away and offers welcome refreshments. Then a beautiful descent past the large Oeschinensee alpine lake to Kandersteg. Accommodation: Kandersteg - A 3* hotel centrally located with convenient access to the hiking trails, cablecars and lifts, shops and the railway station (5 minutes on foot). All rooms have a balcony, bath/shower, WC, hair-dryer, cable-TV, radio and direct-dial telephone.
Day 10 In Kandersteg
We can recommend taking the Sunbuel cable car and trekking up to the famous Gemmi Pass with great views down to Leukerbad in Valais. Accommodation: Kandersteg - See day 9.
Day 11 Kandersteg (1176m) to Adelboden (1356m) 16km/6hrs 45mins High point Bundechrinde pass (2380m)
A long ascent with beautiful views back to the Blumlisalp Massif and the Oeschinensee. After traversing the Bundechrinde Pass (2380m; some awkward scree slopes here), a long descent to Adelboden. Accommodation: Adelboden - A friendly welcome awaits you at this chalet style 3* hotel. Pine furniture is much in evidence. Buffet style breakfast including Swiss cheeses. Sauna, gymnasium and whirlpool.
Day 12 Adelboden (1356m) to Lenk (1068m) 18km/7hrs High point Hahnenmoospass (1956m)
Overall a fairly gentle day. From Adelboden you climb through a mixture of woods and meadows to the Hahnenmoospass. After a level section there is a final steep descent to the village of Lenk which lies below the Simmenfalle (waterfalls). Accommodation: Lenk - Here we stay in a 3* chalet style hotel with close to the centre of the village. All rooms have bath/shower and WC and many have own balcony. The hotel has a lawn and sun terrace with alpine views. There is a nearby sulphur spa and public pool. Friendly and well-informed management.
Day 13 Lenk (1068m) to Lauenen (1241m) 14km/5hrs High point Trutlisberg Pass (2038m)
A long easy climb from Lenk to the Truttlisberg Pass. From the pass there are outstanding views of the Wildstrubel peak (3,243m) and surrounding snowy peaks and glaciers. A short ascent brings us to a delightful picnic spot amongst mountain gentians. You then descend to the Turbach Valley and take the bus (approx. hourly service) from Lauenen down to Gstaad and walk/short train ride to Saanen. Accommodation: Saanen - On the site of the former town hall, the hotel was built in 1907 and renovated in 1982. This 3* hotel has comfortable guest rooms are in the traditional style of the region.
Day 14 End of tour
Train from Saanen to Geneva airport (approx hourly service, journey time 3 hrs, change trains at Montreux) or to Zurich airport (approx. hourly service, journey time 3 hrs 45 mins, change trains at Zweisimmen, Spiez and Bern).