Transalp trekking tour, Switzerland

Dates for Transalp trekking tour Switzerland: June – October 
  • 8 trekking days
  • walk from one mountain village to the next
  • taste local food
  • stay in traditional, small Hotels or Guesthouses
  • carry only your day pack
  • discover some of Switzerlands most scenic but hidden spots
  • See how the farmers make cheese, learn about Switzerlands only Safran plantation and taste the regional wines and specialities

Trekking each day from one little Swiss mountain village to an other. During our Transalp trekking tour Switzerland we walk over passes that have been used already hundreds of years ago by the locals to bring and sell goods from one valley to an other. The animals like cows and sheep used this trails to get to their summer pastures.

We start the journey of our Transalp trekking tour Switzerland in the canton of Bern and end it in the canton of Wallis. Not only architecture but also dialects and culture change as we go from one mountain region to the next. Some of our hikes follow the Via Alpina trail. A trail network that crosses whole Switzerland.

The Transalp trekking tour Switzerland is an unforgettable experiences with fascinating contrasts. Immerse yourself in the unique natural landscapes. Leave everyday life behind you. Simply switch off, forget and let your soul dangle. This is best done on foot, beyond all habits and constraints, in mountain landscapes, most of which you only know from your dreams.

We’ll be able to eat local specialities, learn about the different culture, traditions and flora and don’t have to worry about carrying our luggage. It will be transported for us. We only walk with a small day pack. 

View of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps
Bachalpsee in Grindelwald with Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau

Itinerary Transalp trekking tour Switzerland, Bernese Oberland / Wallis

Arrival Day

Meet your certified hiking guide in Interlaken for a welcome dinner and orientation about the tour.

Day 1: Interlaken – Schynige Platte – Faulhorn – Bussalp

We start our trip with one of the most beautiful hikes in Switzerland. To get to Schynige Platte we can first relax and sit back in a traditional cogwheel train that takes us from Wilderswil 1420m higher up to Schynige Platte. Pure Nostalgie in front of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Our hike has exceptional views over deep blue lakes, the famous Eiger mountain range as well as many other famous  mountains. We end our hike in a traditional cheese making place where we get a chance to taste local cheese.

  • 16.9kn, + 825m, -789m, 6hrs
Day 2: Grindelwald – Kleine Scheidegg – Wengen – Mürren

Gentle ascent over undulating mats to little Sheidegg, close and mighty the rock and ice wall of the Eiger north face. Sunny high trail to Wengen, then descend into the Lauterbrunnen Valley with its vertical walls and spectacular waterfalls. A cogwheel train brings us up to the car free Mürren. A village exactly opposite of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – a quiet paradise.

  • 12km, + 1200m, – 270m, 4,5hrs
Day 3: Mürren – Rotstockhütte – Sefinenfurgga – Kiental

The sun terrace of Mürren lies directly opposite the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Over alpine meadows, panoramic terraces such as the Bryndil, and sturdy huts such as the Rotstockhütte where we stop for a snack. The route continues to the Sefinenfurgge, the impressive passage into the Kiental. 

  • 16km, +1050m, -1200m, 6,5hrs
Day 4: Griesalp – Blüemlisalphütte / Hohtürli – Oeschinensee

Royal stage over the 2779m high Hohtürli. A challenging, steep ascent before we get to our Pass today. We will take a rewarding short detour to the Blüemlisalphütte where we stop for lunch and can visit the eternal glacier ice. Over moraine downhill to the deep blue, spectacular Oeschinensee, One of the most beautiful mountain lakes of the Alps, surrounded by steep rock faces. 

  • 17km, + 1450m, – 1450m, 7hrs
Oeschinensee in Kandersteg seen from our Transalp trekking tour Switzerland
Day 5: Hiking or relaxing in Kandersteg

After 4 days of hiking you might just want to relax at the Spa at the Hotel or take a leisurely walk to town. The Kandersteg valley was formed by glaciers and lies in a beautiful alpine setting. It’s surrounded by majestic mountains. We can also go for a short walk or swim in the beautiful Oeschinensee.

Day 6: Kandersteg – Gasterntal – Lötschenpass – Lötschental

A fantastic stage from the idyllic Gasteretal up to the Lötschenpass. Scenic route with spectacular views of the Bietschhorn and the Mischabel group. Descent to Lauchernalp through glacier-cut terrain interspersed with small lakes.

  • 11km, +1400m, -740m, 5,5hrs
Day 7: Lötschental – Ahnenhütte – Lötschental

Glacier experience at the far end of the primal Lötschental. This hike leads to Lake Anensee and the hut of the same name, from where you have a view of the entire valley. With magnificent views of the Lang Glacier, the hike follows the Lonza back to Fafleralp.

  • 11km, +680m, -680m, 4hrs
Day 8: Mund – Belalp

In Mund we learn about the only location in Switzerland where the priceless spice saffron is still grown according to centuries-old traditions. The valuable crocus sativus is cultivated over approximately 18,000 square metres on a beautiful, sunny high plateau. Between 30 and 1000 flowers are harvested every day during the season between October and November. The costly spice is extracted from the flowers’ pistils. The Mund saffron guild produces between one and four kilograms of saffron every year, working painstakingly by hand. No wonder everyone is crazy about the ‘red gold’ coming from Mund. After the Safran tour we hike up to Belalp, one of our favourite spots only reachable by foot or cable car.

  • 12km, + 1100m, 4hrs
Day 9: Belalp – Hanging bridge – Riederalp

We walk from one carefree village to an other carefree mountain village today.

We can enjoy impressive views over part of the biggest glacier in Switzerland from a suspension bridge during our hike today.

The 124 m long suspension bridge is one of the hiking highlights in the Aletsch region. At a height of 80 m, it leads you across the Massa Gorge directly in front of the glacier snout of the Great Aletsch Glacier. 

With authentic, unspoiled nature all around you, switching off and letting go could not be easier. Surrounded by unique, UNESCO – protected nature, the rustic, car-free mountain village of Riederalp (up at 1925 m) offers visitors a warm welcome 

  • 12km, +646m, – 841m, 5hrs 
Day 10: Brig, End of trip

We take a cable car down to the valley and a train into Brig for a snack and a stroll in the historical town. Brig has a great location as you can quickly access Zürich and Geneva Airport by the Swiss train system. Also Milano is very easy to reach from here thanks to the tunnel into Domodossola, ITA.


Map Transalp trekking tour Switzerland

Map of Transalp trekking tour Switzerland
How to get to Interlaken and how to get back from Brig

Interlaken can be reached easily by train from Zürich or Geneva Airport. You can find the train time table here. Brig, where we end our trip has very good train connections to all directions like Geneva airport, Zürich airport or also towards Milano.

Where do we stay

Depending on your budget we can stay in handpicked, beautiful small Hotels or in dorm style guest houses.

Costs of our Transalp trekking tour Switzerland

Costs depend on the style of accommodation. Please let us know in what kind of accommodation you would like to sleep and we can customise the costs for you.

Included in the costs:

  • Organisation, local UIMLA-hiking guide, all accommodations with half board, all cable cars and transfers during the trekking tour,

Not included in the costs:

  • Picknicks and lunches, drinks, personal insurance, personal equipment, travel to Interlaken and back from Brig, extra activities not mentioned in the program
Level

This is a demanding trekking tour where you should be able to hike for 6hrs each day on well maintained mountain trails. We climb about 1000m up each day and often descend the same distance. Each day we walk between 10 – 17 km. The trails can be rocky, lead over grassy meadows and there are sections with many steps. In June we might find some snow fields on the higher passes.


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Trekking tour around Mont Blanc, TMB

Dates: Mid June to late September

  • 10 – day program, 9 hiking days

The Tour du Mont Blanc, a complete circuit of the Mont Blanc, is the ultimate long distance mountain walk in the Alps, and has some of the most stunning scenery.

The TMB is a 120km route that passes through France, Italy and Switzerland. The track offers cultural delights, picture book Alpine villages, the vibrant towns of Chamonix and Courmayeur, and mountain huts with majestic views.  Almost each night we stay in a different location. Accommodation varies from small family run village hotels and hand picked mountain guest houses.

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Detailed Program:

Arriving day:
We pick you up at Geneva airport or you travel independent to Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley. Check-in at the Hotel and get to know your hiking guide that tells you all about the tour.
Dinner and night at the Hotel in Les Houches

Day 2: Les Houches (1007m) to Les Contamines (1167m)
Cable car ride up to Bellevue and ascent to Col de Tricot. A great lunch waits for us after a steep descent to the alpine village Chalets du Miage. We pass the Refuge de Truc where we buy some fresh cheese and sausages and finish the day in Les Contamines.
Night and dinner at Hotel in Les Contamines
• ascent 639m, descent 1200m
• distance 14km

Day 3: Les Contamines (1167m) to Les Chapieux (1554m).
We reach Col de Bonhomme (2329m) 0ver an old Roman bridge and trough alpine cow pastures.  After a picknick lunch we traverse the hillside to the slightly higher Col de Croix de Bonhomme before a descent to the hamlet of Les Chapieux.
Night and dinner at les Chapieux or village du Glacier
• ascent 1270 m, descent 906m
• distance 15 km

Getting into Italy

Day 4: Village du Glacier (1554m) to Courmayeur
We follow the well marked route up to Col de la Seigne (2516m) where we cross the border into Italy. We enjoy views to the impressive Mont Blanc from it south side while stepping over the border line. From the Col we descend slightly down to Val Veny and take a bus to the alpine city of Courmayeur.
Night at Hotel Courmayeur, no organized dinner
• ascent 734 m, descent 741m
• distance 15 km

hiking in Courmayeur val veny

Day 5: Courmayeur (1226m) – Rest day.

Today you have a rest day in Courmayeur. There are great shops, cafes and bars. We also suggest a trip up the new cable car to punta Helbronner. Fantastic views of Mont Blanc and the glaciers of the Valle Blanche.
Night in Hotel in Courmayeur, no organized dinner

Day 6: Courmayeur (1226m) to Refugio Ferret. 

We head up to Bertone Refuge for a coffee. Then along the ridge with some of the finest views of the Mont Blanc range, to the guesthouse Chalet Ferret(2025m). A peaceful mountain guest house next to a mountain stream.
Night and dinner at Chalet Ferret
• ascent 1080m, descent 522m
• distance 18km

Getting into Switzerland

Day 7: Chalet Ferret (2025m) to La Fouly (1610m).
A gentle traverse of the mountainside to the Rifugio Elena for a morning coffee followed by a climb up to the Grand Col Ferret (2537m) where we cross the border into Switzerland. Down through the flower meadows to the small village of La Fouly.
Night and dinner in a Hotel in La Fouly.
• ascent 760m, descent 746m
• distance 14km

Day 8: Champex Lac (1466m) to Trient (1279m).
We take a bus up to Champex Lac and  walk along the Bovine trail up to the Bovinette alpage where you can enjoy a delicious apple pie or a home made soup. Enjoy stunning views down to the Roman town of Martigny and the Rhone valley as you walk to Trient for the night.
Night and dinner in a Guesthouse in Trient
• ascent 750m, descent 705m
• distance 14 km

Back to France

Day 9: Trient (1279m) to Argentière (1252m).
The last Col of the tour… The hike over the Col de Balme brings you back into the Chamonix valley and down to Argentière. The view from the pass over Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains are just incredible. We stop for a delicious homemade Quiche at a mountain guest house before heading down to Argentiére.

Night at Hotel in Argentière, no organized dinner
• ascent 1100m, descent 500m
• distance 13km

Day 10: Argentière (1252m) to Chamonix (1000m).
From the Col des Montets  you walk through the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve  to the famous Lac Blanc which provides a magnificent view of the Mont Blanc Massif. Your last walk down of the tour to La Flégere (1875m) and than a  cable car down back to Chamonix.
Last night in a Hotel in Chamonix and farewell dinner
• ascent 1100m, decent 500m
• distance 12km

Map:

map of the tour du Mont Blanc

Difficulty

This is a challenging route with an accumulated height gain and loss of over 9,000meters. The route crosses from valley to valley via  mountain passes, with long and some steep ascents and descents. This tour is ideal for regular walkers that are physically fit. The terrain on this trail is diverse with country lanes, forest trails, rocky mountain paths, and high mountain meadows. In early season you might have to walk over a few snow patches.

 We can arrange a luggage transfer between accommodations to make the tour easier for you.

Rates
  • from 3915.00€ per hiker / single room supplement 410.00€

Included in the price:
Organization, certified UIMLA-hiking guide for the whole tour, 10 nights in privat rooms with ensuite bathroom in typical village hotels and mountain guest houses, breakfasts, 7 dinners, cable cars, pick up and drop off at Geneva airport, transport to hiking starts 

Not included in the price: lunches, 3 dinners,luggage transfer (we are happy to organize that for you, the cost is  35.00€ per day per luggage of 15kg), meals that are not listed above, personal insurance (accident, travel, annulation etc.), drinks

a picknick along our tour du Mont Blanc Trekking
Lunches

We didn’t include lunches because often hikers have different kind of appetite and food wishes along the trail. There are a view mountain guesthouses where we can stop for delicious lunches and the guides are more than happy to organize a buffet style picknick during the hike. Once in Les Houches the guide will ask you what your food preferences are.


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9 Reasons why you should hike the Tour du Mont Blanc

There is a never-ending battle over which city or region is truly the best “mountain town,” “trail city” or “outdoor heaven.” East versus West, mountain access versus desert singletrack, dense forest versus world-class crags, even the local craft-brew scene comes into the debate. Europe doesn’t have this problem—there’s a clear winner.
Chamonix, France is nestled at around 3,000 feet at the base of the picturesque Mont Blanc Massif and is about as close to a true outdoor heaven as a town can possibly be.
Chamonix’s crowning attraction for adventure-seekers, though, is its location along the Tour du Mont Blanc, a 170 kilometer (105-mile) circuit that observes the massif from all sides through three countries. More of a shrine to the Alps than a simple walk in the mountains, the TMB is the definition of a Bucket List Hike.

So, why should you stick the TMB on top of your list? Here are a few good reasons.
1. The Difficulty

The trail acts as a rite of passage for those addicted to serene alpine environments, climbing to 2,500 meters five times and totaling somewhere around 30,000 feet of total elevation gain. Each section of trail is comprised of a major uphill slog, usually followed by an almost equally brutal descent. It’s certainly no walk in the park, but the rewards are well worth the effort.

2. The Scenery

This one is a no-brainer. With hardly any forest cover, the mountain views are panoramic and never-ending. From almost any point along the trail there are million-dollar views of the massif’s glaciers and of Mont Blanc itself. You’ll want to keep your camera handy!

3. The Food

The TMB gives hikers the option to forego the “just add water” meals and incessant food daydreams that usually characterize a lengthy backpacking trip. Villages with stores and bakeries can be found almost daily, and more than 50 trail refuges offer semi-reasonable prices for hot food. Don’t worry, the physical demands of the hike will erase any guilt you might have about culinary indulgences. When in Europe, right?

4. The Accessibility

Many people shy away from backcountry trips that take longer than 2-3 days, the standard time/distance threshold where the risk goes up and the ability to bail goes way down. One of the most appealing characteristics of the Tour du Mont Blanc is how accessible and well marked the trail is. The path winds around some of the most sought-after terrain in Europe, so people are always nearby and help is readily available if needed. There are plenty of points to get on or off the trail, giving hikers the flexibility to create their own itineraries.

5. The Prestige

The trail is famous for its beauty, but this fame extends far beyond some pretty pictures in a magazine. For over a decade now, Chamonix and the TMB have hosted thousands of trail runners each August for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), which has developed into one of the most prestigious and influential ultra races in the world. Hundreds of the fastest mountain athletes flock to Chamonix weeks before the event to train for what may be their biggest race of the year. The UTMB follows the TMB counterclockwise starting and ending in Chamonix, and the fastest runners finish in under 24 hours.

6. The People

One of the best aspects of any popular hiking destination is the people that you meet on the trail. The fact that the Tour du Mont Blanc is such a global attraction elevates this to a whole new level. On any thru-hike it would not be unusual to hear ten different languages being spoken and to see an incredible age range of people using the trail. The trail is also open to mountain bikes, so it’s common to see cyclists resting on the trail’s high-elevation cols before an exhilarating descent. Swapping trail stories is even more fun when your campfire pals are from all over the world.

7. The History

Most high mountain areas have a history of adventure, and the Mont Blanc Massif is no different. The first ascent of Mont Blanc was in the late 1700’s, not too long after the first circumnavigation of the massif itself roughly along the Tour du Mont Blanc’s path. Some of the trails that comprise today’s TMB route are even older than this, though, because they follow old trade and transportation routes used for many centuries between mountain villages—some dating as far back to the days of the Roman Empire.

8. The Culture

In international travel, getting from Point A to B efficiently can sometimes restrict cultural immersion. Hiking is the perfect way to reverse that. As the trail wanders through quaint and historic hamlets in France, Italy, and Switzerland, hikers are able to gain an intimate look into local life and culture at their own pace without the distractions of modern transportation.

9. The Distance

Hiking over mountainous terrain is tough, especially for the first few days. When a hiker is able to continue working through the soreness and discomfort on a longer trek, a new world of empowered enjoyment can be found. A thru-hike of the TMB takes 9-12 days for most hikers, giving anyone plenty of time to adapt to the terrain and to thrive in the mountains. This is the perfect distance for an international trip that calls for a full-scale adventure in a compact timeline.


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Ski touring Haute Route Chamonix – Zermatt

Dates:
March – May, please choose your date for privat tours

From the French to the Swiss historical alpine capital

This seven day Ski tour on glaciers for the most part, offers exceptional beauty of the landscapes. It traverses the crest of the Western Alps and passes through some of the most stunning mountain scenery in Europe. We start in Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc and ski across the Wallis glaciers of Switzerland. The tour ends with a unique ski descent on the foot of the Matterhorn down to Zermatt.

  • 7 skitouring days
  • 6 nights in typical mountain huts

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Chamonix – Refuge d’Argentière
Chamonix – Refuge d’Argentière
Elevation gain: 700m
Vertical loss: 700m

Day 2: Refuge de Trient
Ref Argentière  – Refuge Trient
Elevation gain: 1100m
Vertical loss: 300m

Day 3: Refuge Prafleuri
Refuge Trient – Refuge Prafleuri
Elevation gain: 900m
Vertical loss: 2700m

Day 4: Cabane de Dix
Refuge Prafleuri  – Cabane de Dix
Elevation gain: 800m
Vertical loss: 660m

Day 5: Cabane des Vignettes
Cabane de Dix – Pigne d’Arolla – Cabane des Vignettes
Elevation gain: 894m
Vertical loss: 728m

Day 6: Cabane Bertol
Cabane des Vignettes – Cabane Bertol
Elevation gain: 1098m
Vertical loss: 853m

Day 7: Cabane Bertol – Zermatt
Cabane Bertol – Zermatt
Elevation gain: 610m
Vertical loss: 2270m

Options:

This spectacular tour can be done in many different ways. Adding more peaks or changing tour route with other huts. Please contact us for more informations.

Map:

map of the haute route Skitour from chamonix to zermatt

Price:
  • 2 Skiers: 3’234.00€ per Skier
  • 4 Skiers: 2’078.00€ per Skier
  • 6 Skiers: 1’647.00€ per Skier 

Included in the price: Organisation, 7 days IFMGA mountain guiding, Private Transport Champex – Verbier on Day 2,  6 nights at huts with half board
Not included in the price: Lunch & Drinks, Lift tickets, personal insurance*, personal equipment

*We strongly recommend the purchase of a cancellation, accident, travel insurance.

Level requirements

This trip is for experienced ski tourers who have already done at least one hut-to-hut tour or a multi-day ski tour. You should be able to skin up to 5 hours with up to 1100m vertical gain per day, at a good steady pace.
Efficiency in your skinning technique and confident moving over a steep and exposed terrain should be no problem. You are expected to be comfortable and safe doing kick turns on slopes of over 35 degrees.
Are you an excellent off piste skier, confident and efficient in skiing in all snow conditions without losing control over your skis?  Skiing on slopes of 40 degrees is not a problem of you?
You should be physically fit, ready to hike and ski for up to 8 hours per day without being too tired the next day. You have to be able to move reasonably fast (climb 400m/h).

Haute Route Mont Blanc Extension 

Why not benefit from your fitness and acclimatization and climb Mont Blanc with skis following your completion of the Haute Route? Take a look at our program!


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