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The itinerary was awesome. One of our family members described it to his friends as "epic." - G.C. - Utah

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Zurich Switzerland and train to Zermatt

Upon arrival, you will take at 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

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

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

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 though surrounding forests. Zermatt is a hard place to leave, but a mid-day train 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

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

Day 6 – 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

Day 7 – Grindelwald - Bussalp- First Hike

This morning will start off early with a farm fresh breakfast at the Eigeralp Dairy in the pastures high above Grindelwald. After breakfast we will hike from Bussalp to Faulhorn which is one of the oldest mountain hotels in Switzerland, dating to the 1830s. The view from the summit of the Faulhorn offers views to the north and into Germany. From Faulhorn we will continue to Bachalpsee lake, where you have a wonderful panoramic view over the mountains to the south. We then end at First where we can return to Grindelwald by cable car. BSD

Day 8 – Grindelwald morning hikes – afternoon train to Zurich

We’ll have most of the day available for hikes 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 farewell dinner. BSD

Day 9 – Depart Zurich

Onward departure from Zurich. B

Trip Videos

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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 hikes. 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.