Via Alpina in Switzerland

The National Route 1 in Switzerland is part of the Via Alpina long-distance hiking network linking Trieste on the Adriatic to Monaco on the Côte d’Azur. The entire Via Alpina consists of 342 stages with 5000km/3000 miles of hiking trails. The stages of the Via Alpina in Switzerland and tiny Liechtenstein pack some spectacular Alpine terrain into a small area.  

On Swiss soil, National Route 1 Via Alpina—also known as the Swiss Alpine pass Route—starts in Liechtenstein and concludes in Montreux. It crosses 14 Alpine passes in 19 stages and a total of 370km/230 miles. It’s classed as medium difficulty and it’s a trek that caters to fit and experienced hikers.

Here’s a quick overview of the entire route:

Eastern Switzerland

Stage Start - End Distance Ascent Descent
1 Vaduz (Gaflei) - Sargans 26 km 620 m 1735 m
2 Sargans - Weisstannen 125 km 940 m 440 m
3 Weisstannen - Elm 22.4 km 1505 m 1530 m
4 Elm - Linthal 24.3 km 1745 m 2055 m
5 Linthal - Urnerboden 15.2 km 1180 m 465 m

 

Central Switzerland

Stage Start - End Distance  Ascent Descent
6 Urnerboden - Altdorf 25.5 km 1090 m 1930 m
7 Altdorf - Engelberg 28.5 km 2080 m 1595 m
Engelberg - Engstlenalp 11.1 km 1285 m 455 m

Via Alpina

 

Bernese Oberland

Stage Start - End Distance Ascent Descent
9 Engstlenalp - Meiringen 21.2 km 890 m 2120 m
10  Meiringen - Grindelwald 22.9 km 1530 m 1095 m
11 Grindelwald - Lauterbrunnen 19.5 km 1230 m 1465 m
12  Lauterbrunnen - Griesalp 20.5 km 2090 m 1495 m
13 Griesalp - Kandersteg 15.6 km 1545 m 1765 m
14 Kandersteg - Adelboden 16.4 km 1430 m 1260 m
15 Adelboden - Lenk 13.5 km 740 m 1020 m
16 Lenk - Gstaad 21.1 km 1140 m 1150 m
17 Gstaad - L'Etivaz 15.9 km 1250 m 1165 m

 

Western Switzerland

Stage Start - End Distance Ascent Descent
18 L'Etivaz - Rochers de Naye 22.8 km 1810 m 995 m
19 Rochers de Naye - Montreux 13.2 km 295 m 1880 m

 

If your summer plans include the Via Alpina, Alpenwild has you covered. Alpenwild is the only North American tour operator offering the entire Via Alpina 1—All 19 stages through Switzerland—on both a guided and self-guided basis.

What's your style? What's your preference? Talk with an Alpenwild Destination Specialist and let the adventure begin. 

 

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