The Via Alpina

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The Via Alpina

  • Complete the classic Alpine hike from east to west Switzerland
  • Walk in the shadow of the mighty Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger peaks
  • Conquer 14 alpine passes and enjoy spectacular mountain views
  • Wander through meadows alive with the sound of cow bells and marmots
  • Stay in comfortable hotels and enjoy Swiss specialties like Potato Rösti
Walk a complete traverse of Alpine Switzerland on this inn to inn trail. Start in East Switzerland near the Liechtenstein border and finish in West Switzerland on the glistening shores of Lake Geneva. This epic trail of 227km, crossing 14 Alpine mountain passes and passing through six different Swiss cantons. Walk below countless peaks such as the famous Bernese Oberland trio; the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger. Expect peaceful alpine meadows and quaint towns with wooden chalets bursting with colourful flower-filled balconies. With well-maintained and signposted trails, Switzerland is a self-guided walker’s paradise. Combine this with mountainous scenery, fresh Alpine air and seamless public transport, you have the perfect recipe for a fantastic adventure along the Via Alpina.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Zurich Day 2 Train to Sargans and walk to Weisstannen 8 miles / 12.5 km Day 3 Walk to Elm 15 miles / 24 km Day 4 Walk to Linthal 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 5 Funicular to Braunwald, walk to Urnerboden 8 miles / 13 km Day 6 Walk to Unterschachen and bus to Altdorf 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 7 Bus/cable car to Bruesti and walk to Engelberg 13 miles / 21 km Day 8 Cable car to Jochpass and walk to Meiringen 13.5 miles / 21.5 km Day 9 Walk to Grindelwald 15.5 miles / 24.7 km Day 10 Walk to Wengen 10 miles / 16.5 km Day 11 Train to Muerren and walk to Griesalp 11 miles / 17 km Day 12 Walk to Kandersteg 10.5 miles / 17 km Day 13 Walk to Adelboden 10 miles / 16 km Day 14 Walk to Lenk 9 miles / 14.5 km Day 15 Walk to Lauenen and bus to Gstaad 9 miles / 14.5 km Day 16 Walk to L’Etivaz 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 17 Walk to Montreux 14 miles / 22 km Day 18 Onward Travel
THIS TRIP'S CARBON SCORE

This trip has a carbon score of 2kg per person per day, meaning it’s one of our greenest trips! For comparison, a carbon count of 2kg is equivalent to 3 pints of local beer in a bar.

Here at Macs, we pride ourselves on being a responsible travel company and continue to adopt, develop and innovate ways to positively impact the environment.

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