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Switzerland

Switzerland

Switzerland epitomizes what Alpine hiking means  in Europe; dairy cows laze in lush green fields, snow-capped, jagged peaks dominate ancient villages and meandering trails bring hikers to some of the most memorable mountain vistas in the world. With world-class infrastructure, from hotels to high-speed trains, to gourmet dining and breath-taking cable cars and funiculars, Switzerland embodies what Europe is so famous for; tourism.

 Our guided and self-guided hiking tours will take you to some of the best hikes in Switzerland along with hut-to-hut hikes, day-hikes and cultural journeys all expertly customized to fit your needs. All of our hiking and IFMGA mountain guides are international certified to the highest standards, leading you safely through some of Europe’s most sought after terrain. 

With 48 of its mountains over 4000m, ( there are 82, 4000m peaks in the Alps) Switzerland is by default an Alpine country but also one steeped in traditions  and with a diversity of languages, culture and religions. Dairy farming and cheese making are core elements to the Swiss identity, despite Switzerland being known for luxury watches and a music festival on a lake. Heavily subsidized by both federal and regional governments, agriculture is everywhere in Switzerland and its very landscape we come to know was in part shaped by centuries of agriculture.

Four languages are considered official. Swiss German, French and Italian are the primary languages spoken but a fourth, Romansh is also an official language. Made up of 26 Cantons, with direct vote from its citizens, Switzerland is considered a bastion of democracy, where the United Nations and other organizations are based such as the Red Cross. With a population of only roughly 8 million people, cities are generally small, with many easily visited on foot. Public transportation and cycling paths are what stand out in Swiss cities as citizens are happy to walk and cycle rather than drive. Flying into Zurich or Geneva allow for easy access to all of our walking journeys. Our Swiss Alpine adventures take place in several regions of Switzerland:


Bernese Oberland

One of the most visited areas of Switzerland is the Bernese Oberland, in the Canton of Bern, made famous to North Americans by the movie in which Clint Eastwood defied gravity and scaled the walls of the Eiger North Face in the film, The Eiger Sanction. The North Face of the Eiger was also considered the last great problem of Alpine climbing and was finally attempted successfully in 1938. The book by Heinrich Herrer, the White Spider, is an excellent introduction to the region and climbing lore or the region.

Luckily, the Bernese Oberland is not just a backdrop for stunning cinematography, but a lush landscape of huge mountain faces, waterfalls, tiny hamlets clinging to limestone cliffs and plump cows enjoying the abundant grass that grows here. Located just south of Interlaken, the Bernese Oberland is mainly known for two peaks, the Jungfrau and the Eiger which tower above the tourist town of Grindelwald. Our Bernese Oberland Traverse begins in the town of Mierengen, famous for the death of Sherlock Holmes in Sir Conan Doyles’ novel and finishing in the equally charming town of Kandersteg. Easily reached from either Zurich or Geneva, a few hours on fast trains can get you to pretty much anywhere in Switzerland.

Small family farms are abundant, run for generations by passionate mountain folks equally comfortable hiking steep mountain trails to tending their animals in the lower valleys and running mountain inns. Our accommodation range from rustic mountain refuges, know as hutte or cabanes, to 4-star hotels with all of the amenities one would expect from the Swiss hospitality industry. Our Bernese Oberland Traverse visits such iconic towns as Grindelwald, Wengen- home to one of the most famous alpine downhill ski races in the world- Murren and it’s hotels clinging to steep cliffs and of course Kandersteg, located just below the stunning Oeschinensee lake with turquoise waters and endless Kodak moments. 

Valais / Wallis

The Haute Route, or high level route in French, is the term used to describe high level traverses, either on skis or on foot. If you are a strong hiker, and enjoy multi-day challenges, then the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is for you. Although the Haute Route starts in Chamonix, which is in France, the remainder of the hike takes place in the Valais Canton of Switzerland, so we have placed it under the Swiss section of this website.

First completed in the early 1900s on skis, it has since become the most coveted ski traverse in the Alps. Beginning in one of the alpine capitals, Chamonix, at the foot of Europe’s highest peak, the Mont Blanc and surrounding peaks set the stage for one of the most memorable walks in the world. The walk finishes in the other alpine capital, Zermatt, possible the most iconic mountain town in the world.

General quieter than most alpine hikes due to the nature of the terrain, the Haute Route stays high above the trees in the alpine, bringing you as close to the mountains as possible without having to put on crampons. Spectacular villages such as Grimentz with 16th Century homes are the main attraction along with views of the alpine giants such as the Dent Blanche, Matterhorn, Weisshorn and the mighty Monte Rosa, the second highest peak in the Alps. Days can be long, so this hike is truly for the experienced hiker, but the rewards are many. Accommodation on the Haute Route varies from elegant 3-star hotels in most of the villages, to majestic, 19th century buildings such as the Kurhaus in Arolla, a throwback to the Golden Age of Mountaineering. Huts, called cabanes, in the Valais, are extremely comfortable, with hot showers, duvet comforters and all-you-can-eat meals. 

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Italy

Dolomites Hiking Extravaganza

This Dolomites hiking trip focuses on the area around Cortina, Corvara, and the Fassa Valley. Most days are day-trips with some hikes from one hotel to another.

Jun
29
2018
Jul
20
2018
Aug
10
2018
Aug
24
2018
Sep
07
2018
Price: $3,334
WPCS 1.1.2
via ferrata dolomites

Dolomites Sampler

The Great Dolomites Traverse - South Tyrol: Italy meets Austria: Charming Alpine Villages, Hiking below Sun-drenched Limestone Cliffs, Gourmet Cuisine.

Jul
08
2018
Aug
25
2018
Sep
08
2018
Price: $2,951
WPCS 1.1.2
hike gran paradiso traverse

Gran Paradiso Hiking Traverse

Gran Paradiso National Park is known for having an abundance of wildlife and beautiful scenery

Jun
21
2018
Jul
04
2018
Aug
18
2018
Price: $2,836
WPCS 1.1.2
tre cime di lavaredo, dolomites trek

Hike the Dolomites Traverse

A classic hiking traverse for all levels, private tours available.

Jun
24
2018
Jul
01
2018
Aug
05
2018
Aug
12
2018
Sep
16
2018
Price: $3,028
WPCS 1.1.2
in champoluc, tour de monte rosa

Hike the Tour de Monte Rosa

Hike around one of the most majestic mountain ranges in the world, the Monte Rosa Massif between Switzerland and Italy.

Jul
22
2018
Jul
29
2018
Aug
12
2018
Aug
26
2018
Sep
02
2018
Price: $3,028
WPCS 1.1.2
Hiking up the Mont de la Saxe Ridge

Tour du Mont Blanc Express

Hiking around the Mont Blanc Range - one of the Alps' finest hikes through Switzerland, France and Italy.

Jul
16
2018
Aug
20
2018
Sep
03
2018
Sep
17
2018
Jul
02
2018
Aug
22
2018
Price: $3,181
WPCS 1.1.2
peuterey noir, tour du mont blanc

Tour du Mont Blanc, Huts & Inns

Walk the famous Tour of Mont Blanc, (TMB), through the French, Italian & Swiss Alps around the Mont Blanc Range

Jul
15
2018
Jul
28
2018
Aug
18
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: $2,798
WPCS 1.1.2

Slovenia

hiking in slovenia

Slovenia Hiking Tour

Aug
22
2018
Price: $2,338
WPCS 1.1.2

Switzerland

Matterhorn, Haute Route Hike

Haute Route Classic Hike

The famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is one of the classic alpine treks, no mountaineering required.

Jun
29
2018
Aug
05
2018
Aug
19
2018
Aug
27
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: $3,986
WPCS 1.1.2
hiking bernese oberland

Hike in the Bernese Oberland

Hike through the Bernese Oberland in the Swiss Alps from Meiringen to Kandersteg.

Jun
24
2018
May
08
2018
Aug
12
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: $3,718
WPCS 1.1.2
theodulpass zermatt

Hike the Essential Alps

A guided 10-day hiking tour in Switzerland and France, combining the best alpine hikes around Chamonix, Zermatt & Grindelwald, using only public transport.

Jun
17
2018
Jul
01
2018
Price: $4,637
WPCS 1.1.2
cabane des dix swiss alps hike

Hike the Haute Route, Huts & Inns

Our Walker's Haute Route Huts & Inns Itinerary from Chamonix to Zermatt is one of the best hiking tours in the Swiss Alps.

Jun
29
2018
Jul
22
2018
Aug
24
2018
Sep
02
2018
Price: $3,334
WPCS 1.1.2
in champoluc, tour de monte rosa

Hike the Tour de Monte Rosa

Hike around one of the most majestic mountain ranges in the world, the Monte Rosa Massif between Switzerland and Italy.

Jul
22
2018
Jul
29
2018
Aug
12
2018
Aug
26
2018
Sep
02
2018
Price: $3,028
WPCS 1.1.2
Hiking up the Mont de la Saxe Ridge

Tour du Mont Blanc Express

Hiking around the Mont Blanc Range - one of the Alps' finest hikes through Switzerland, France and Italy.

Jul
16
2018
Aug
20
2018
Sep
03
2018
Sep
17
2018
Jul
02
2018
Aug
22
2018
Price: $3,181
WPCS 1.1.2
peuterey noir, tour du mont blanc

Tour du Mont Blanc, Huts & Inns

Walk the famous Tour of Mont Blanc, (TMB), through the French, Italian & Swiss Alps around the Mont Blanc Range

Jul
15
2018
Jul
28
2018
Aug
18
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: $2,798
WPCS 1.1.2

Canada

Icefall Lodge hiking Canadian Rockies

Canadian Rockies Lodge Adventure

Hike in Banff, Lake Louise, and off the beaten track at Icefall Lodge, a helicopter fly-in lodge in the stunning Lyell Mountains

Jul
22
2018
Aug
26
2018
Jul
13
2018
Price: $3,449
WPCS 1.1.2
hiking lake o'hara canadian rockies

Hike the Canadian Rockies

Hike the best around Banff and Lake Louise National Parks

Jul
15
2018
Jul
22
2018
Aug
26
2018
Price: $3,028
WPCS 1.1.2

Mexico

view from tent espiritu santo

Baja Express Adventure

Kayaking experience for Beginner and Intermediate Paddlers out of Laz Paz and Espiritu Santo Island.

Jan
18
2019
Jan
26
2019
Feb
08
2019
Feb
22
2019
Oct
19
2018
Oct
26
2018
Nov
02
2018
Nov
09
2018
Price: $1,380
WPCS 1.1.2
espiritu santo family holiday

Baja Family Getaway

Fully supported with kayaking guide and cook, and boat accompanying the group and kayakers.

Feb
09
2019
Mar
02
2019
Mar
24
2019
Mar
29
2019
Apr
05
2019
May
04
2019
Price: $1,495
WPCS 1.1.2
kayaking baja california, mexico

Kayak Loreto, La Paz & Espiritu Santo Island

Great guided Baja California sea kayaking trip based in La Paz and on Espiritu Santo Island.

Mar
02
2019
Mar
09
2019
Mar
23
2019
May
04
2019
Price: $2,223
WPCS 1.1.2
baja california kayaking and snorkelling

Sea of Cortez Getaway

Fully catered sea kayaking in Baja California, Mexico, from Espiritu Santo Island just off La Paz

Feb
09
2019
Mar
02
2019
Apr
05
2019
May
04
2019
Price: $1,495
WPCS 1.1.2

Patagonia

torres del paine national park, patagonia

Full Patagonia Adventure

Trekking in Patagonia: Full Patagonia Adventure: Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine

Jan
12
2019
Jan
23
2019
Mar
08
2019
Price: $4,867
WPCS 1.1.2
lodge in patagonia

Patagonia – Wild & Scenic

Starting in Buenos Aires, the trip includes Cerro Torre & Fitz Roy, Torres del Paine National Park, and Perito Moreno Glacier

Jan
13
2019
Feb
23
2019
Mar
08
2019
Price: $3,986
WPCS 1.1.2

France

above lac blanc, tour du mont blanc

Chamonix Hut Trek

The Chamonix Aiguilles Rouges near the Mont Blanc Range. Perfect for any hiker, including families.

Jun
29
2018
Jul
21
2018
Price: $1,840
WPCS 1.1.2
aiguille verte and les drus, chamonix valley

Chamonix Trails

This hiking tour is led by local Chamoniards who have years of experience and will make sure you have the time of your life.

Jun
30
2018
Jul
21
2018
Aug
04
2018
Aug
25
2018
Price: $2,223
WPCS 1.1.2
poppy fields provence walking tour

Country Walks in Provence

Walk through Provence and live the French way of life: Visit St. Remy de Provence and Avignon, vibrant Provence markets and Côte de Rhones wineries.

Mar
28
2019
May
01
2019
May
09
2019
May
23
2019
Price: $3,986
WPCS 1.1.2
Matterhorn, Haute Route Hike

Haute Route Classic Hike

The famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is one of the classic alpine treks, no mountaineering required.

Jun
29
2018
Aug
05
2018
Aug
19
2018
Aug
27
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: $3,986
WPCS 1.1.2
theodulpass zermatt

Hike the Essential Alps

A guided 10-day hiking tour in Switzerland and France, combining the best alpine hikes around Chamonix, Zermatt & Grindelwald, using only public transport.

Jun
17
2018
Jul
01
2018
Price: $4,637
WPCS 1.1.2
cabane des dix swiss alps hike

Hike the Haute Route, Huts & Inns

Our Walker's Haute Route Huts & Inns Itinerary from Chamonix to Zermatt is one of the best hiking tours in the Swiss Alps.

Jun
29
2018
Jul
22
2018
Aug
24
2018
Sep
02
2018
Price: $3,334
WPCS 1.1.2
cliffs of etretat, Normandy walking tour

Normandy – Coast, Culture & Cuisine

Our Normandy hiking tour leads through medieval towns and along the famous sandy D-Day Beaches.

May
05
2019
May
26
2019
Aug
26
2018
Sep
16
2018
Aug
25
2019
Sep
15
2019
Price: $3,986
WPCS 1.1.2
Hiking up the Mont de la Saxe Ridge

Tour du Mont Blanc Express

Hiking around the Mont Blanc Range - one of the Alps' finest hikes through Switzerland, France and Italy.

Jul
16
2018
Aug
20
2018
Sep
03
2018
Sep
17
2018
Jul
02
2018
Aug
22
2018
Price: $3,181
WPCS 1.1.2
peuterey noir, tour du mont blanc

Tour du Mont Blanc, Huts & Inns

Walk the famous Tour of Mont Blanc, (TMB), through the French, Italian & Swiss Alps around the Mont Blanc Range

Jul
15
2018
Jul
28
2018
Aug
18
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: $2,798
WPCS 1.1.2

Greece

phoenix near loutros, crete

Coastal Walks in Crete

A wonderful walking tour for hiking aficionados, foodies, and culture buffs. Perfect holidays during Spring and Fall along Crete, Greece's southern island.

Apr
21
2019
May
05
2019
May
19
2019
Jun
04
2019
Oct
01
2018
Price: $2,683
WPCS 1.1.2

Russia

kamchatka trekking tour

The Kamchatka Peninsula

Guided Hiking and Trekking in Russia, on the peninsula of Kamchatka also known as the ring of fire.

Jul
07
2018
Jul
15
2018
Price: $4,944
WPCS 1.1.2

Scotland

hiking scottish highlands, torridon inn

Hike the Scottish Highlands

Guided Hiking and Walking Tours traversing the Scottish Highlands staying in charming Scottish Inns along the way

Aug
16
2018
Aug
26
2018
Aug
31
2018
Price: $3,181
WPCS 1.1.2

Nepal

everest villages trek, ama dablam,

Everest Villages & Base Camp Trek

Guided Trekking Tour to Everest Base Camp and the Khumbu Region in Nepal: Hike below Mount Everest, Nuptse and Ama Dablam in the Sherpa homeland.

Apr
13
2019
Oct
20
2018
Price: $4,216
WPCS 1.1.2
machhupichare, hiking annapurna sanctuary

The Annapurna Sanctuary

Hike to Annapurna Basecamp below the Annapurna amphitheatre, ringed with many peaks over 7000m

Oct
21
2018
Nov
04
2018
Jan
29
2019
Apr
15
2019
Price: $2,683
WPCS 1.1.2
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