The Via Alpina is a famous trekking route that traverses 8 different countries in the Alpine region of Europe. We will be trekking on the Switzerland portion of the trail. This route traverses wildflower meadows, up steep and rocky hiking trails, past rushing waterfalls. Every day will be filled with beauty and vistas as far as the eye can see. To be as eco-friendly and local as possible, we will take advantage of the Swiss transportation system to get to and from different trailheads. We will be rewarded for our long days on the trail with delicious Swiss meals at the end of each day, with options to try the famous fondue, raclette, and of course Swiss chocolate. This route is perfect for those who want a challenging and fun adventure. Maximum group size: 12
This trip is designed for women who enjoy hiking in the mountains and being surrounded by breathtaking scenery. We will be hiking 5-7 miles a day in hilly terrain with steep ascents and descents, along rocky and uneven terrain. Previous hiking experience is extremely useful, as is having a sense of adventure and a good level of physical fitness. There are no shorter options for any of the days (other than skipping the entire hiking day and arranging transportation to the next lodging when possible) and you must be able to complete the hiking days in recommended times. We will be in a high altitude environment, ranging from 5,000 - 7,000 ft above sea level. A rating of 4 requires aerobic conditioning for at least 40-50 minutes 4-5 times a week. Additional endurance exercise (e.g. going for a 2-hour hike once a week) and/or strength training is appropriate. Rating: 1 2 3  5.
NOTE: For this trip, emergency/evacuation/medical insurance is required. This insurance can be added as an option after you have chosen your base insurance, and before the final payment section. This insurance should cover medical and helicopter evacuations
The primary activity on this trip is hiking, which we will do between 4 and 6 hours on most days. We have a rest day in Interlaken where you can kayak, bike, walk around town, or enjoy another hike. If time allows, after we are finished hiking for the day, you can wander around town and enjoy people watching, and enjoy a local glass of Swiss wine at a cafe.
We'll be hiking a point-to-point trail, where we hike from one hotel to the next. We will be staying a variety of hotels, from larger hotels in Zurich to small, locally runs inns in Swiss villages. Each night, we will be in a different hotel, with two twin beds, and ensuite bathrooms. The only exception is when we stay two nights in Interlaken, and two nights in Montreux at the end of the trip. We will have luggage transfer in between hotel stays, so you can be light and free during the day!
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
Hiking in the Swiss Alps with great guides & great group of “girls” (as Lindsay says). The only reason for my less than excellent rating is my question about whether this was a Level 4 trip.
Excellent guides, great group of women, fabulous hiking, and gorgeous Switzerland!
Fantastic trip! The guides were remarkable, the hikes and the views were extraordinary, the accommodations were great, the food was good, and the traveling companions were superb! It was my first trip with AGC and I look forward to joining in another adventure with this wonderful company soon.
Absolutely wonderful trip, the hikes were amazing and both Lindsey and Sharon did a fabulous job navigating all the many trains, buses and mountains....
The breathtaking beauty of the Alps.
This trip was everything I hoped for and more. The hikes were fun and challenging, the scenery in Switzerland- mountains, lakes and wild flowers spectacular. The trip was extremely well organized and lead by 2 very knowledgeable guides who created a safe, supportive environment . It was a wonderful first trip with Adventures in Good Company and I look forward to many more.
I have gained valuable knowledge from our guides and other participants about hiking in the mountains.
I was able to make this trip with my mom and have a great time with her. The other women on this trip were also great to connect with. I learned a lot from the two guides, but especially from Lindsay and her knowledge of mountain hiking. The views were beautiful and the hikes were challenging.