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Self-Guided Hikes in Switzerland

The best of Swiss day hiking


Trip Details

Location Berner Oberland and Valais Switzerland
Length 12 days
Grades Moderate, Strenuous, Strenuous Plus
Accommodations Hotel
Group size 0
Dates Jun 1, 2019 - Sep 30, 2019
Land Cost $3,175.00
Single Supp Cost $0.00

Hiking Trip Summary

We offer self-guided walking trips in several different locations in Switzerland. Some areas offer easy and moderate hikes, other areas offer moderate and strenuous hiking. All are beautiful. While we feature the villages of Kandersteg, Wengen, Murren, Zermatt (Valais), and several other small villages in Switzerland, the possibilities are limitless. Call us with your ideas and we are certain we can plan a wonderful hiking vacation in Switzerland for you.

The Berner Oberland region is one of the great alpine gems of Switzerland. Classic wooden chalets, perfectly kept window boxes, grazing cows, high alpine meadows bursting with wildflowers, bold, imposing mountains with hanging glaciers, snowy peaks, and impressive waterfalls comprise an incredibly inspiring backdrop for these day hikes.

Long a destination for hikers and walkers, Kandersteg is a wonderful village of wooden chalets and old farms. Nestled in the Kander Valley, it is surrounded by impressive waterfalls, snow-capped peaks (many reaching to over 12,000 feet high), lush alpine meadows, rich forests and beautifully-preserved farms. Strikingly beautiful, and immediately welcoming, Kandersteg is a perfect area to begin a classic Swiss Alps hiking vacation.

Though not in the Berner Oberland, spending several days in Zermatt makes for a wonderful Swiss hiking vacation. Situated at the southernmost end of the Mattertal valley, closed to car traffic and dominated by the formidable Matterhorn (14,777′), Zermatt has for generations lured hikers and mountaineers from the world over. Ringed by more than fifty peaks (many topping 13,000′) and some thirty-two glaciers, its location at the confluence of three glaciers and two additional narrow valleys, combined with an extensive cable car and tram system, allow Zermatt (5,300′) to offer the best set of hikes anywhere in the Alps.

Though experiencing its share of expansion due to popularity, the center of Zermatt, comprised of narrow streets lined with dark wood chalets richly adorned by colorful window boxes, retains many of the vestiges of an old rustic Swiss village. Hiking in this area is renowned. From easy valley walks to strenuous high-level hikes, Zermatt will satisfy all levels of abilities.


Itinerary

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Additional Information

INCLUDED

Note that this may change depending on final itinerary:

  • all accommodations in 3- and 4-star hotels
  • all breakfasts buffets, most dinners (dinners are not included in Zermatt),
  • 1 month Swiss Transfer Ticket Combi, 2nd class;
  • detailed trail notes
  • travel information 
  • hiking maps of the areas
  • 2 hours of general consulting

About the Swiss Card (new name: Swiss Transfer Ticket Combi)– included in the trip price – allows for one round trip on the Swiss Rail System: an “inbound journey” from a Swiss Airport or the Swiss border to a location in Switzerland and an “outbound journey” from Zermatt to any destination in Switzerland, normally back to the airport or nearby city. It also allows for up to 50% reduction on most cable cars and other lifts, which is useful.  Once validated, it is good for 30 days.

NOT INCLUDED

This may change, depending on final itinerary: Airfare, lunches, dinners in Zermatt, lifts, trains and transfers or excursions not covered by the Swiss Card, items not on set dinner menu, beverages (other than what is served at breakfast), insurance, items of a personal nature.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND MEALS

Hotels: The hotels we use are wonderful small 3- and 4-star hotels, all with private baths. They reflect the character of the area. They are family run and very welcoming and centrally located. We have been working with these hotels for years.

Meals: The food served at the hotel is very good and should you have any dietary needs or restrictions, the hotels are more than willing to accommodate. Each morning there is a wonderful breakfast buffet. Dinners are served at the hotels in Lauenen, Kandersteg, and Wengen. In Zermatt, you will be on your own to eat at any number of great restaurants.

Lunches can be picnic style on the trail or, depending on your hike, you may decide to eat at one of the many mountain restaurants.

TRAVEL

Geneva and Zurich are the two main airports in Switzerland. By train, you can easily access any of the villages.

STARTING POINT

This will depend on your travel and itinerary. There are many villages from which you can start this hike.

ENDING POINT

This will depend on your travel and specific itinerary.

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TRIP?

This trip is great for those who want to unpack their bags for several days at a time and really explore an area on foot. Some of our hikers spent one week at the same location, returning to their comfortable hotel at the end of each great hike. Each day you can decide which hike to try, graded from moderate to strenuous plus.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information, a more-detailed itinerary that includes elevation gains, loss, and distance, or to register, please contact us. We're happy to share a list of past participants willing to share insights into the self-guided Hikes in Switzerland experience.

 

Reserving a Trip

A deposit of $400 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

Before registering for this, please read our Terms and Conditions in their entirety and then refer to our Self-Guided Trips page for specific information regarding the process.

The balance is due 60 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 60 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit and registrations, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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