The Via Alpina West

Walk the western section of the Via Alpina and explore Alpine Switzerland on this inn to inn trail. Start in the buzzing mountaineering town of Grindelwald and walk to the glistening shores of Lake Geneva. 

Hike below countless peaks such as the famous Bernese Oberland trio; the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger. Expect peaceful alpine meadows and quaint towns with wooden chalets bursting with colourful flower-filled balconies. 

Finish each day in comfortable 3* hotels or mountain hotels in private rooms. Daily bag transfer is included giving you the freedom to walk each day with just a light bag each day. With well-maintained and signposted trails, Switzerland is a self-guided walker’s paradise. 
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Hiking trail
Walk to Wengen
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 16.5 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 1,127 m
Descent 884 m

Starting in Grindelwald, you descend into Grund before a long steep climb to Alpiglen and on to the Kleine Scheidegg pass, before a pleasant ...

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recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 17.3 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 1,300 m
Descent 1,301 m

Take a short train down to Lauterbrunnen, then change to get the cable car and then another short train to Muerren. From here a long ascent ending ...

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Hiking trail · Reichenbach im Kandertal
Walk to Kandersteg
recommended route Difficulty difficult closed
Distance 16.9 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 1,538 m
Descent 1,792 m

Starting in Griesalp a clearly marked trail ascends slowly, and then very steeply to Hohtuerli Pass, followed by a long a steady descent into ...

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Hiking trail · Kandersteg
Walk to Adelboden
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 16.1 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 1,312 m
Descent 1,135 m

Starting with a clear road that runs alongside the river, you will then rise up through the valley before it opens up into a wide meadow and you ...

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Hiking trail · Adelboden
Walk to Lenk
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 14.4 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 707 m
Descent 984 m

Starting on Adelboden high street you drop to the bottom of the valley and then follow the river before rising up through the valley and over a low ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 14.4 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 1,004 m
Descent 834 m

A long but steady climb out of Lenk as you follow the Walbach river and its waterfalls before crossing the Truttlisberg pass and then a slow ...

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Hiking trail · Saanen
Walk to L'Etivaz
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 18.9 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 1,251 m
Descent 1,165 m

Ascend out of Gstaad and onto a ridge past Eggli which maintains altitude over the Col de Jable before you descend into French-speaking Switzerland ...

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Hiking trail · Château-d'Oex
Walk to Montreux
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 21.8 km
Duration 5:25 h
Ascent 1,312 m
Descent 451 m

Starting in the small village of L'Etivaz, slowly ascend through forests and farmland until a final steep and narrow ascent to the Col de Chaude ...

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