Testimonials

Thanks to you and the other guides who made our Switzerland trip a truly memorable vacation. You showed us things, I know I would have missed, had I gone on my own rather than with Alpenwild. Your knowledge of the area truly made our trip a success. I've already referred others to you based on the fantastic job you did with our group. - E.P. - California

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Switzerland, Scuol

You’ll take a scenic journey down a wide valley, with mountains ascending steeply on both sides to our starting point in the village of Scuol. Our inn is set overlooking this deep-cut river valley. We’ll have time for an acclimating walk to Tarasp Castle, dating to the 11th century, then it’s dinner and a group orientation at our 4-star boutique hotel set in a 400-year old Engadine house overlooking the village of Scuol. D

Day 2 – Val Tasna, Guarda

We take a gondola to a high elevation making for a leisurely walk to Prui. We pass two alp dairies, once of which makes only goat cheese, and provides a wonderful lunch stop. We descend Val Tasna and into the tiny village of Guarda, arguably the most romantic village in the Engadine, where we spend the evening in a beautifully restored 16th century home. BSD

Day 3 – Lai de la Mezza Glünna (Macun Lakes)

We ascend to a collection of tarns in the cirque of the mountains at the head of Val Zeznina and into an island of the Swiss National Park. A steep descent leads into the village of Zernez. Easier walking options on the valley floor are also a possibility. Evening in Zuoz, the best-preserved village in the Upper Engadine. BSD

Day 4 – Swiss National Park

Zernez is the gateway to the Swiss National Park, the country s only true wilderness area, and uniquely protected as such. We have all day to explore the best routes and sight within the park and opportunities for wildlife viewing are excellent. Evening in Zuoz. BSD

Day 5 – Zuoz

Mountains now begin to rise higher and the scenery becomes even more enticing as we enter the Upper Engadine. The village of Zuoz is a perfect base for a variety of short hikes in the area or a longer traverse to the village of Pontresina. Tonight, we enjoy the quaint intimacy of the Hotel Steinbock in Pontresina. BSD

Day 6 – Pontresina, St. Moritz

Today the options are many, but in fair weather a climb of Piz Languard, over 3000 meters high, is a great way to start the day. We stay a second evening at the Hotel Steinbock. BSD

Day 7 – Sils Maria, Zurich

Today we explore trails through deep larch forests, passing shimmering lakes and arriving in St. Moritz, a glitzy resort with an Olympic legacy before returning to Zurich for the final night. BSD

Day 8 – Depart Zurich

An early morning departure from Zurich. B

Engadine hiking

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. You should be capable of walking 5 to 7 hours per day on good trails with some steep ascents and descents at an elevation up to 9,000 feet above sea level.