What a perfectly marvelous trip: A great workout every day, the luxury of no responsibilities, good company, and amazing landscapes - C.H. - Washington


Day 1 – Arrive Zurich - Train to Zermatt

Upon arrival, you will take a train to the historic and charming village of Zermatt. After settling in, we’ll explore the nearby Gornerschlucht, a deep canyon waterfall with a thrilling network of stairways and footbridges. Then it’s dinner and a group orientation. (D)

Distance: 3.2 miles | Ascent: 436 feet | Descent: 1348 feet

Day 2 – Zermatt and the Gornergrat

Zermatt is surrounded by stunning scenery. This morning you’ll take off for the Riffelalp, a high meadow with lakes that perfectly reflect the distant Matterhorn. Further up the Gornergrat ridge we overlook the Monte Rosa, its glaciers and icefall. (BSD)

 Distance: 3.5 - 6.1 miles | Ascent: 767-1981 feet | Descent: 49-1939 feet

Day 3 – Zermatt, Sunnegga, and the Matterhorn

A morning funicular ascent takes you to Sunnegga, where you’ll have sweeping views of the Mattertal Valley before descending into larch forests, passing charming hamlets along the way. (BSD)

Distance: 6 miles | Ascent: 938 feet | Descent: 1886 feet

Day 4 – Zermatt to Grindelwald

After breakfast you’ll have time to explore the car-free village of Zermatt, visit the historic mountaineering museum or enjoy some short hikes through surrounding forests. Zermatt is a hard place to leave, but a mid-day transfer will take you across the Rhone Valley and around the Berner Alps to Interlaken, gateway to the Jungfrau region. We will then continue to our hotel in Grindelwald. (BSD)

Stats will vary depending on the hike chosen - Distance: about 2.5 miles | Ascent: 1200 feet | Descent: 1200 feet

Day 5 – Grindelwald, with a visit to Lauterbrunnen and Mürren

We will take a train to Lauterbrunnen, which lies in a deep glacial valley surrounded by 72 waterfalls. You’ll explore the valley and visit Trümmelbach Falls, where torrents of water have created a series of caves and underground waterfalls. Then it's on to the car-free village of Mürren before heading back to our inn in Grindelwald. (BSD)

Distance: about 6 miles | Descent: 400 feet 

Day 6 – Grindelwald - Alpine Farm Cheesemaking - Hike from Bussalp to Bachalpsee

This morning, you'll experience first-hand the art of making cheese in the Alps and the time-honored traditions of being an Alpine farmer and cheesemaker. The mountainside farm is located in the high meadows above Grindelwald where you can gaze out over the peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau while watching cheese being made in a cauldron over an open fire. Following breakfast, we will hike from Bussalp to Bachalpsee lake, where you have a wonderful panoramic view over the mountains to the south. We then end at the top of "First," a popular station, where we can return to Grindelwald by cable car. (BSD)

Distance: 6 miles | Ascent: about 2300 feet | Descent: about 1500 feet  

Day 7 – Grindelwald - Jungfraujoch excursion

The Jungfrau railway takes us from Grindelwald to the alpine crossroads of Kleine Scheidegg, at the base of the Eiger. From here, a dramatic cog-wheel climb takes us into a tunnel through the Eiger to ascend to the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe. We’ll hike on the Aletschgletscher, Europe’s longest glacier. (BSD)

Distance: 3.5 miles | Ascent: 600 feet | Descent: 850 feet  

Day 8 – Grindelwald morning hikes – Afternoon train to Zurich

We’ll have the morning available for a hike in the area, which may include a tram up to an overlook of the Grindelwald Glacier or a panoramic walk with expansive views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains. In the afternoon, we transfer by train to Zurich for a farewell dinner. (BSD)

Distance: 4.5 miles | Ascent: 1280 feet | Descent: 1280 feet  

Day 9 – Depart Zurich

Onward departure from Zurich. (B)

This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, trail conditions, or other unavoidable conflicts. 

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Activity Level

Alpenwild trips are designed for people who are energetic, active, and filled with a spirit of adventure. We rate this trip as moderate, but also easily adaptable to those who want easier or longer hikes. Please note that the stats listed on the itinerary can vary, depending on the guide and desires of our hikers. You should be capable of walking 4 to 6 hours per day on well-groomed and graded trails at an elevation up to 9,000 feet above sea level. On one day a mountain railway takes you to an elevation of 11,400 feet to the Jungfraujoch.

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