Trip length: 9 Days Group size: 9 Days Challenge rating: 3 – Vigorous
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HIGHLIGHTS

Switzerland’s famous mountain peaks with our 9-day guided trekking holiday through the Pennine Alps and Bernese Oberland.  On our Swiss Peaks Experience tour, you’ll see some of Switzerland’s most iconic peaks: the Matterhorn, Eiger, and Jungfrau.

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Come hike the Swiss Alps with us!  Our tour starts in the beautiful ski town of Zermatt, the starting point for Matterhorn ascents.  We’ll spend our first few days in the Matter Valley, seeing glaciers, alpine meadows, and the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge!

From there we’ll head to Interlaken for a day of playing on the lake or take the cog-train to Harder Kulm, with views right out of a fairy tale.

The trek continues through the alpine ski towns of Grindelwald, Wengen, and Mürren.  In addition to stunning vistas and alpine meadows, you’ll have all the fondue and chocolate your heart desires!

COMFORTS

Our hiking adventure includes:

  • Hotels 6 nights.
  • Alpine refuge 2 nights.
  • Tickets for Swiss mountain trains and cable cars.
  • Luggage transfers to hotels.
  • Breakfasts, dinners, and lunches.
  • Private coach group transfer from and to Geneva airport.
  • Private coach from Zermatt to Interlaken.
  • Trek 95 mi / 150 km with cable cars to a maximum altitude of 9200 ft / 2800 m.
  • Average 9 mi / 15 km per day with +1900 ft / +600 m ascent.
  • Small, intimate group size of 8 – 10 clients.
  • An experienced alpine trekking guide with extensive knowledge of local fauna and flora.  The guide will manage the logistics and ensure group safety,  leaving you to enjoy the trip.

CHALLENGE RATING: 3 – Vigorous

Average mi/km per day: 8mi – 14mi / 13km – 23km

Average elevation gain/loss per day: 1,000ft – 4,000ft / 300m – 1,200m

Terrain type: Mountains and rolling hills, trails are a mix of woodland and rocky paths with some steep ascents and descents, moderate exposure on the trails to be expected.

Amenities: Lodgings will a mix of hotels and refuges, wi-fi/mobile coverage is available some days of the trek, participants will have some access to local shops.

Suitable for: Participants should have an above-average fitness level and ability to hike 5-7 hours a day at a pace of 2.5mph/4kph. Not be suitable for children.  If you are unsure, why not read our blog, Will I be the slowest?

Itineraries

Day 1, Meet at Geneva (GVN) airport 9:30AM

Distance: 2 mi, Ascent: +980 ft, Duration: 2 hrs

Distance: 4 km, Ascent: +300 m, Duration: 2 hrs Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2, Matterhorn - Schwarzsee - Zmutt glacier

Distance: 12 mi, Ascent: +2000/-4200 ft, Duration: 6 hrs

Distance: 20 km, Ascent: +600/-1300 m, Duration: 6 hrs Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3, Riffelsee lakes – Monte Rosa

Distance: 10 mi, Ascent: +1800/-4100 ft, Duration: 6 hrs

Distance: 16 km, Ascent: +560/-1250 m, Duration: 6 hrs Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4, Europaweg

Distance: 12 mi, Ascent: -/+3300 ft, Duration: 7 hrs

Distance: 20 km, Ascent: -/+1000 m, Duration: 7 hrs Accommodation: Refuge

Day 5, Randa - Interlaken

Distance: 2 mi, Ascent: -2800 ft, Duration: 2 hrs

Distance: 4 km, Ascent: -800 m, Duration: 2 hrs Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6, Schynige Platte – Grindelwald

Distance: 10 mi, Ascent: +3300/-2700 ft, Duration: 6 hrs

Distance: 18 km, Ascent: +1000/-800 m, Duration: 6 hrs Accommodation: Hotel

Day 7, Via Alpina – Wengen

Distance: 12 mi, Ascent: +1900/-4200 ft, Duration: 6 hrs

Distance: 20 km, Ascent: +580/-1300 m, Duration: 6 hrs Accommodation: Refuge

Day 8, Schiltal – Rotstockhutte - Mürren

Distance: 6 mi, Ascent: +2100/-2800 ft, Duration: 5 hrs

Distance: 15 km, Ascent: +650/-8500 m, Duration: 5 hrs Accommodation: Hotel

Day 9, Depart for Geneva at 9AM

Transfer to Geneva airport 2.5 hrs

The estimated arrival time at airport is midday.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

The trip price includes:

  • accommodation (6 nights in hotels, 2 nights in catered mountain huts),
  • all breakfasts, three-course dinner (8 nights), and picnic lunches (8 days),
  • return transfers to and from Geneva airport (GVA),
  • all in-country transportation – road, tram, railway, and cable car rides necessary for the itinerary,
  • all luggage transfers, and
  • a qualified native-English speaking alpine guide.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights, charges and expenses to/from your home city Geneva airport, excess/delayed baggage charges, and airport taxes,
  • individual transfers (possibly arising from flight delays),
  • optional cable car rides (for example the Jungfraujoch “Top of Europe” train ride is not included),
  • alcoholic beverages and soft drinks,
  • laundry fees and items of a personal nature (e.g. toiletries),
  • internet access,
  • optional guide gratuities, and
  • travel/emergency evacuation insurance.
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  • Pricing Name 2021
    Start Wednesday April 14, 2021
    End Thursday April 22, 2021
    1 - 10 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 10

    Adult ( 1 - 10 Pax ) $3,140 /Person

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    Trip Extras:

    Swiss Peaks single room option
    $ 1100.00 / unit

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  • Pricing Name 2021
    Start Wednesday August 11, 2021
    End Thursday August 19, 2021
    1 - 10 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 10

    Adult ( 1 - 10 Pax ) $3,140 /Person

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    Swiss Peaks single room option
    $ 1100.00 / unit

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  • Pricing Name 2022
    Start Wednesday July 6, 2022
    End Thursday July 14, 2022
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    Available Seats: 10

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  • Pricing Name 2022
    Start Wednesday August 17, 2022
    End Thursday August 25, 2022
    1 - 10 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 10

    Adult ( 1 - 10 Pax ) $3,140 /Person

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We design our treks and hiking tours with an inclusive approach by professional mountain guides.
Whether you are first-timer or an experience walker and you are willing to put in the time to prepare for the tour, you should be capable of successfully participating in our tours (subject to incapacitating disabilities or significant injuries). If you are in any doubt give us a call.

If you put in the time to prepare and are willing to make the effort when required, we will make every effort for you, provided it is not detrimental to the experience of the group. Our tours are designed to allow participants to skip certain sections if necessary by taking alternative transport (at their own cost and guidance) and meeting up with the group later in the day, whilst this is not the idea, it nevertheless remains an option.

This is a group holiday and part of the enjoyment is meeting and spending time with fellow participants sharing your passion for the outdoors and hiking. We all walk at different comfortable speeds and we recognise this with our tours. Provided your guide deems it safe and appropriate, you can walk ahead provided you respect the other participants and the limits set by your guide.

After booking we send out regular accompanying information, including a comprehensive gear list. However, there are no special requirements, the usual appropriate hiking gear for mountain weather : good boots, layered clothing system with good waterproofs, backpack, water bottles, sun protection, etc.

The fun of travelling is about experiencing things different from home and accepting that we may not always have access to our usual treats, particularly in the mountains. We recognise people do have specific diets, by choice or by necessity. Vegetarians are accommodated in all restaurants. Vegan and gluten-free options are becoming more accessible although you are advised to bring appropriate supplements. Ensure you include your special dietary requirement on the supplied health form.

Our pricing is based on shared hotel room occupancy. Clients booking individually will be assigned a room companion. For some tours we can arrange single occupancy, which can be selected at booking where it is available.

We provide fantastic options to extension your tour in one of the cities nearby the departure/return locations of our main tours. These are highly recommended to relax before or after your tour. They have been carefully selected by us to be value for money and to maximise your enjoyment.

Trip Challenge Rating

Defining a 'challenge' or 'difficulty' rating is a complex affair. We are each made differently, have different levels of experience and hence perceive things differently, please bear this in mind with our challenge ratings. In general, we try to accommodate the broadest levels of experience and abilities.

Our trip challenge rating will help you decide what hiking experience is best for you. The ratings take into consideration a variety of factors, including trip metrics (e.g. distance, elevation gain), terrain type (including exposure to the elements), and amenities. Note that some days may be short in distance, but have significant elevation gains or losses. Please contact us for specific trip details for particular itineraries.

1 – Casual
Average distance per day: 1mi – 4mi / 1.5km – 6km
Average elevation gain/loss per day: 0ft – 500ft / 0m – 150m
Terrain type: Gentle hills or flat terrain, well-maintained paths and sidewalks, and little exposure.
Amenities: Lodgings will generally be in hotels, wi-fi/mobile coverage is usually available, participants may be able to access to local shops.
Suitable for: Basic fitness level required. Participants of all ages welcome.

2 – Moderate
Average distance per day: 5mi – 9mi / 8km – 14.5km
Average elevation gain/loss per day: 500ft – 3,000ft / 150m – 900m
Terrain type: Mountains and rolling hills, trails are a mix of meadows, woodland, and rocky paths with some moderate ascents and descents, some exposure on the trails to be expected.
Amenities: Lodgings will a mix of hotels and refuges, wi-fi/mobile coverage is available most days of the trek, participants will have intermittent access to local shops.
Suitable for: Participants should feel confident about their fitness level and ability to complete back-to-back, all day, hiking days. Not suitable for children under age 16.

3 – Vigorous
Average distance per day: 8mi – 14mi / 13km – 23km
Average elevation gain/loss per day: 1,000ft – 4,000ft / 300m – 1,200m
Terrain type: Mountains and rolling hills, trails are a mix of woodland and rocky paths with some steep ascents and descents, moderate exposure on the trails to be expected.
Amenities: Lodgings will a mix of hotels and refuges, wi-fi/mobile coverage is available some days of the trek, participants will have limited access to local shops.
Suitable for: Participants should have an above-average fitness level and ability to hike 5-7 hours a day at a pace of 2.5mph/4kph. Not be suitable for children.

4 – Intense
Average distance per day: 8mi – 16mi / 13km – 26km
Average elevation gain/loss per day: 1,000ft – 5,000ft / 300m – 1,500m
Terrain type: Mountains, conditions may include snow cover, trails may include game trails and rocky paths with complex and steep ascents and descents, expect significant exposure on some days of this trek.
Amenities: Lodgings will be primarily refuges, wi-fi/mobile coverage is limited, participants will have little or no access to local shops.
Suitable for: Participants should have an excellent fitness level and ability to hike 5-7 hours a day at a pace of 2.5mph/4kph. NOT BE SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN OR PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM VERTIGO OR ACROPHOBIA.

An alpine hut, also known as a refuge (FR), refugio (IT), refugi (ES), or mountain hut provides simple accommodation, usually (mixed-sex) dormitories of 6, or more, particularly the smaller huts. By contrast, in the larger huts, we try to take small rooms, where available. There will be shared toilet facilities and sinks to wash, and some huts have hot showers. Bedding is provided though many huts require you bring a simple sleeping-bag liner for hygiene. We have these available to borrow if you require - please contact us for more information.

All the huts we use are serviced by a full-time team who manage the hut and provide the bar (wine and beer, etc), our dinner and breakfast. Dinner is a simple 3-course meal, with starter, main course, and dessert. Breakfast will be a hot drink (tea, coffee or hot chocolate) and a cold buffet, ranging anywhere from simple bread and jam to more elaborate offering such and cereals, cold meats, and cheese.

Spending a night is usually a fun, though basic existence. The emphasis is on the location and the experience. Their resources are limited, with supplies brought up by mules, humans or expensive helicopters, so don't expect your favorite cappuccino coffee or fried eggs for breakfast.

You may at first feel a little out of your comfort zone. It's likely you're not alone. Remember it's a special experience. Generally, our tours are limited to one night at a time in huts.

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