SWISS MOUNTAIN HIGHLIGHTS

  Bernese Alps & Matterhorn Explorer This one-week guided tour takes us to the heart of the most breathtaking mountain scenery anywhere. Start in Grindelwald at the foot of world-famous Eiger. Then it’s on to Lötschental, a hidden valley off the beaten tracks and astonishing culture. Afterwards, we’ll stay in the world-famous hiking center Zermatt, […]

 

Bernese Alps & Matterhorn Explorer This one-week guided tour takes us to the heart of the most breathtaking mountain scenery anywhere. Start in Grindelwald at the foot of world-famous Eiger. Then it’s on to Lötschental, a hidden valley off the beaten tracks and astonishing culture. Afterwards, we’ll stay in the world-famous hiking center Zermatt, tucked against the Alps’ most striking mountain, the Matterhorn. This tour has a little of everything, and is a perfect introduction to the Swiss Alps.

* Jungfrau Region: the most beautiful Mountain scenery in the world with the resorts Grindelwald, Wengen, Mürren

* Indigenous culture and tradition in Kandersteg and Lötschental.

* Hikes at the foot of the Matterhorn.

 

Day to Day Itinerary

 

 

Day 1

Gruezi in Switzerland – Grindelwald

Individual journey to Grindelwald. Grindelwald lies nestled in unspoilt Alpine landscape at the foot of the Eiger north face. The world-famous backdrop of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau set the scene for Grindelwald. Your personal guide welcomes you at your hotel in Grindelwald and takes you for a stroll around the village.

D, Hotel Kirchbuhl****, Grindelwald

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Day 2

Schynige Platte – Faulhorn – First 

Hiking time approx. 5 hrs. 40 min. „ ascent 300m, descent 400m A classical panoramic trail to Europes oldest mountain hostel. A unique panorama trail above the tree line. On the Schynige Platte one becomes aware of the wonderful contrasts in colour between the firn dazzling summits, the green valleys and the Lutschine and Aare rivers. Well worth a visit are the alpine gardens with over 500 native plants, as well as the 2 hours round trip with a beautiful view onto the lakes of Thun and Brienz. On the trail from the Schynige Platte to First we will pass two quitely different mountain lakes, the Sagistal- and Bachalp lakes. A visit to Europes oldest mountain hostel (170 years old) on the Faulhorn and the breathtaking views of the summits around Grindelwald, as you carry on to First, make this hike unique and well worth the long effort. The trail is completely natural and sometimes rough.

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Day 3

Murren – Stechelberg – Oberhornsee

Hiking time approx. 6 hrs. „ ascent 1146m, descent 1146m.

(Option: 4 to 5 hrs hike with 800m altitude gain) After a healthy breakfast we travel by train to Lauterbrunnen. We catch the postcar to Steckelberg, our next hiking starting point. From Stechelberg, an easy, slightly uphill hike through the wild, romantic valley to Trachsellauenen, with its mountain hotel and restaurant (1hr). The trail then climbs more steeply along the left side of the valley, either via Ammerten to the Hotel Tschingelhorn and on to Hotel Obersteinberg (1 hr), or directly to Obersteinberg via Schurboden and the Tschingel Lutschine. From Obersteinberg, a narrow footpath leads up to the Oberhornsee Lake (2065m/ 6770f) in the Breithorn Nature Reserve (2 hrs). Return route: via Schafläger, with a detour to Läger, directly below the Schmadribach Falls and back to Stechelberg. Mürren is a beautifully located, sunny, car free resort. The cozy, pedestrian, «Walser» village offers an impressive panorama of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Mürren (1650m/ 5400f) is the highest, permanently inhabited settlement in the canton Berne and is reached by cable-car.

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Day 4

Piz Gloria – Kiental – Kandersteg

Hiking time approx. 6 hrs. ascent 0m, descent 1564m The Schilthorn became a world-famous attraction after being conquered by James Bond 007. The cable-car ride to 3000m/ 9840f is itself spectacular. In good visibility the «Piz Gloria» rotating restaurant, with its viewing terrace, offers a fabulous panorama of 200 summits and 40 glaciers. Our hike today follows adventures trails from the Schiltorn down into the Kiental. After a 6 hours hike and thousands of unforgettable sceneries we arrive at Griesalp. A postbus brings us to Reichenbach and to Kandersteg. Your accommodation tonight is unique! A history of almost 250 years becomes tangible and at your fingertips in the honourable Ruedihus. Here you can discover the » Good Ol’ Days« for yourself. Earthy beams, splendid old furniture and a loving ambient provide you with the tranquillity we so often miss.

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Day 5

Kandersteg – Lötschental

Hiking time approx. 5 ó hrs. ascent 500m, descent 300m The new day begins with a short train ride through the Lötschberg Tunnel. We leave the Canton Bern and the Canton Wallis greats you with spectacular view on more than thirty peaks over 4000m/ 13120f altitude. Take some pictures from traditional houses along the valley before we walk over pretty countryside to Lauchernalp. What a view. We hike towards the Langgletscher, right at the End of the Lötschental. Here we find a place to stay for the night… a heaven of peace in beautiful natural surroundings, rustic charm far from daily routine.

 

Day 6

Lötschental – Anenhütte – Zermatt

Hiking time approx. 4 ó hrs. . ascent 700m, descent 700m Before leaving the Lötschental we discover the Anenhütte. A breathtaking path above the glacier brings us to Guggisee and the modern Alpine Hut Anen. Leaving the Lötschental by Postbus we reach the Rhonetal. By train onward journey to Zermatt. On the Italian border of the canton of Valais in the west of Switzerland, at the end of Nikolaital, lies Zermatt, the village at the foot of the Matterhorn, the most photographed mountain in the world. Zermatt epitomises the image of Switzerland: high-alpine, awe-inspiring and original. Zermatt and the Matterhorn have been visited by mountaineers from all around the world since the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865.

 

Day 7

Hiking on the foot of the Matterhorn

Hiking time approx. 5 ó hrs. . ascent 850m, descent 850m

The famous Edelweissweg is well known because here you have the possibility to discover the real Swiss Alpine flower, the Edelweiss. Trift is a beautiful place with a well known restaurant und Zmutt is may be the most lovely village in this area. Wooden Chalets, green fields, marmots on the way and above the mighty Matterhorn.

 

Day 8

Zermatt – Zurich

After breakfast our guided tour ends. Individual onward journey.

 

 

Schedule & Price

Every day from June to mid-October.

Price per person CAD $2150
Single Supplement $200

 

Hiking/Walking rating – moderate to challenging

Duration: The treks take between 4 and 8 hours each day.

Paths: At the beginning we walk along country paths and forest roads. In the mountains trekking takes us along narrow paths.

Altitude differential: There are some steeper climbs to manage. The ascents are usually evenly steep.

The altitude differential quoted in the travel programme relates to the entire trek and is generally divided up between a number of shorter ascents and descents.

 

 

 

This tour includes:

– Accommodation at 3-4* hotels and half board except on day 1 and 8 (meals as noted; B=Breakfast, PL=Picnics-Lunch,

L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

– Tips to porters and drivers

– All cable car rides throughout the tour starting in Grindelwald, finishing in Zermatt

– All entrance fees for excursions throughout the tour

– Luggage transport from Grindelwald throughout the tour until Zermatt

– English-speaking travel guide/hiking guide

– Extensive travel documentation

 

Not included:

– Swiss Rail pass