8-Day Adventure Through the Swiss Alps
On the Via Alpina # 1 National Trail – “One of the World’s best hikes”
Backpacker Magazine calls this “One of the World’s Best Hikes”. You hike on Switzerland’s National Via Alpina #1 signposted trail and are constantly surrounded by breathtaking Swiss alps panoramas throughout your entire itinerary. You will be surprised how well marked, wide with easy to moderate hiking all the while in the middle of the Swiss Alps.
During your multi day hike, you experience awesome breathtaking views of glaciers, dramatic mountain peaks, green pastures with alpine flora and fauna and lots cow bells ringing in the air. This is one of the most popular hikes in Europe. Completing this hike is one of the best feelings in the world! It gives you a sense of accomplishment that not many other adventures can.
What makes Echo Rails & Trails Multi-Day Adventure Hikes Unique?
This is the best place to start your Swiss Alps adventure as you are now in a real authentic Swiss mountain village and an easy 2 hour train from the Zürich airport.
Engelberg is a major mountain resort, situated at 3,000 ft completely surrounded by mountain peaks.
Originally founded as a Benedictine monastery in the 12th century, the recently renovated cathedral is worth a visit. Also you can visit the Abbey’s cheese retail store where they offer free cheese-making demonstrations.
The many valley walking trails provide you a great way to get acclimated to the Swiss Alps.
At an elevation of 6,300 ft this mountain village resort offers you that “Swiss Alps experience” you envisioned. You are nestled in between green mountain pastures, hearing the clanging bells of brown cows and have a few local shops to visit offers you that real authentic Swiss Alps experience. Now you realize why this place is only accessible via foot or cable car. Also ECHO Rails & Trails is the only company offering an overnight here. Your luggage is transported via gondola, a logistical challenge but we will get your luggage to your hotel.
The Jungfrau region is a world famous gateway that faces the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau mountain peaks. The two days you spend here, provide you the time to hike the summit trails so you can fully capture the awesome ambiance of this magnificent nature. A visit to the Jungfraujoch summit at 11,362 ft. places you on the Aletsch, Europe’s largest glacier. Once on top you have time to walk on the packed snow and be at eye level with these mountain peaks. Your Half-Fare card provides you a reduction on the Jungfrau railway.
A mountain village at 5,450 ft not only provides an eye level view of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau, but also presents you with an entire new mountain range of peaks.
From Mürren you continue your Swiss Alps trek, hiking on some of the most beautiful Swiss Alpine trails.
You also have time to take the gondola up to the 9,744 ft Schilthorn and enjoy one of the most awesome Swiss Alps summit views. Your Half-Fare card also provides you reductions on the cable cars and trains during your Mürren stay.
Day 1: Arrive at the Zürich airport and transfer to Engelberg
Welcome & Orientation
Our ECHO Rails & Trails guide will be waiting outside the customs area with a sign with your name(s) on it so just look for the person with a red or white ECHO ball cap.
You will be welcomed, greeted and along with your luggage, you will be transferred to your Engelberg hotel. This 2 hour journey takes you through countryside, lakes, and soon you are in the heart of the alps.
Our Guide will give you a detailed briefing of the itinerary and will provide you with all the documentation for the trip including hiking maps, detailed itinerary, safety kit, etc.
The rest of the day is on your own to explore this small alpine resort surrounded by alps.
Day 2: Engelberg to Melchsee-Frutt
Today’s Hike – 4 to 5 hrs total hiking, 8 miles distance, Total Day’s ascent 1,400 ft , Total Day’s descent 1,600 ft.
Our guide will meet you at the hotel at 9:00. Place your luggage by reception with the Echo Trails tags in place. It will be transferred to your next hotel in Melchsee-Frutt. Your luggage is in good hands.
Pack lightly – just sufficient things for the day.
Our guide will accompany you on this day’s hike. Throughout the day, your guide will explain how the Swiss hiking trails and trail signs work. You have the entire day to ask all your questions about your itinerary.
By the time you reach Melchsee-Frutt, you will feel very confident about continuing.
While hiking, be sure to enjoy the breathtaking vistas, walk past beautiful alpine lakes, historic hotels, alpine dairies, and mountain chapels.
After your first full day of hiking, you will enjoy your very comfortable hotel with indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms to relax & recharge.
Day 3. Melchsee-Frutt – Meiringen – Grindelwald
Total hiking 3 to 4 hours, 6 miles distance, 700 ft up and hiking on level ridge trail.
This day of hiking will be gorgeous. There will be alpine peaks in the distance while viewing green valleys and pastures below. One of the Swiss hiking guides describes this segment as a “Hike near to heaven”, with Swiss peaks of the Wetterhorn, Mittelhorn & Rothorn in your sights.
Today is a combination of hiking to a cable car station, riding down to Meiringen, then taking the local postal bus from the Meiringen train station to the resort of Grindelwald.
The guide will have explained the options of how to get to Grindelwald. Given the weather conditions you will want to choose the safest route possible.
Day 4 & 5: Grindelwald
We scheduled two full days at the base of the Eiger to explore the incredible surrounding alps.
You are in a hiking paradise with stunning views of dramatic mountain peaks, glaciers, green pastures and Alpine flora and fauna, often with cow bells clanking in view.
During the briefing with our guide in Engelberg, we will discuss the many safe, Grindelwald based sign-posted mountain trails. This way you choose your hikes on the day according to prevailing weather conditions and your energy levels.
In Engelberg, during your briefing and your full day with the local guide, you will be shown the many safe, Grindelwald based sign-posted mountain trails to choose from. This way you choose your hikes on the day according to prevailing weather conditions and your energy levels. You have time to take the Jungfraubahn combination cable car and cogwheel train all the way up to the Jungfraujoch and spend time on Europe’s largest Aletsch glacier. With your Half-Fare card you receive considerable savings.
* Insider tip: we have local English speaking guides in Grindelwald available. They are experts on all the trails and will make this part of the tour even more stunning.
Day 6: Grindelwald – Lauterbrunnen – Mürren
Depart via train to Lauterbrunnen with time to walk around the valley of 72 waterfalls.
Visit the Trümmelbach falls gorge: a series of ten glacier-waterfalls are inside the mountain.
Afterwards ride a cable car and train to Mürren. (This is why Rick Steves loves this area).
In Mürren there are many hiking options while viewing the Jungfrau alps of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau.
Your luggage will be at your Mürren hotel by 6:00p.m.
Day 7: Mürren
Awesome Swiss Mountain Peaks – Panoramic Scenic Views
You have a full day to experience the beauty of the area.
In Engelberg, during your briefing, the guide will provide a local Mürren map with the many public hiking trails.
If anyone is a James Bond 007 fan, the movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” was filmed on the Schiltorn at 8,370 ft. One can experience incredible Swiss Alps vistas. Here too you can use your Half-Fare card and receive a 50% reduction on the cable car rate.
Day 8: Mürren
After breakfast departure to your own destination.
It is suggested you speak with the hotel front desk on the best way to help you with your luggage to the Mürren train station. Plan on about 1 hour by the time you depart your hotel, to take the train to Grütschalp
and the cable car down to Lauterbrunnen. Once in Lauterbrunnen you have access to all the trains to your onward destination. Your Swiss Half-Fare card offers you a 50% reduction on all Swiss public transportation.
For those continuing on to Zermatt, plan on about a 3 hour train ride with easy connections in Interlaken Ost, Spiez, and Visp.
For those traveling to the Zürich airport, also plan on a 3 hour train ride with connections in Interlaken Ost & Bern.
We wish you a safe journey.
Adult Standard: US $3,188* per person, based on 2 or more
Adult Standard single supplement: US $590 for one person
Reserve your place on this hike with a 10% deposit – balance due 90 days before the departure date
Pay on-line or via check(s) made out to ECHO Trails, LLC, 20630 Torello Lane, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022.
Contact René Welti for details @ Tel: 650-460-9107 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The US$ / Swiss Franc currency exchange rates have been relatively stable over the years. However, should the currency exchange rate change more than 2% at time of the final payment, we reserve the right to add the net difference to your final amount.
· Cancellations made before 90 days prior to departure are subject to a $200.- per person cancellation fee.
· Cancellations made 45 to 90 days prior to departure are subject to $500.- per person cancellation fee
· Cancellations made 31 to 44 days prior to departure are subject to $1,000.- per person cancellation fee
· Cancellations made within 30 days prior to departure are subject to a 100% non-refundable cancellation fee.
Swiss hotel and transportation suppliers require pre-payments and have strict non-cancellation policies.
Transportation vouchers and rail passes are bearer documents and cannot be refunded if lost or stolen.
Changes? When in Switzerland, just dial 079-813-36-10 to reach our office
There are soo many reasons that my husband and I loved this trip with Rene and Suzanne as our guides. The main reason: they made it magical!
We hiked with a small group from hotel to hotel along the Via Alpina 1 and they transported our luggage. This was the best glamping imaginable! Their knowledge of the trails, the region, and the accommodations made it possible for us to just show up and enjoy the scenery!
I loved the hiking options they made available for our group, too. The options were so well planned that even if someone chose to hike less on any day, they would still enjoy the mountains, trails and Swiss Alps. My husband found the hard to find Edelweiss on a small steep alp below the Matterhorn. And yes, the Sound of Music tracks played in my head over and over. It was the best trip ever..
I think the trip was very well organized, the accommodations were great and the food was excellent. Your care and generosity was exemplary. I shall live with the memories of this great trip for life.
5 stars! The week with Rene and Suzanne in the Alps exceeded all expectations. Beautiful weather, amazing scenery, great company and lots of happy hiking. I would love to do another trip with Echo Trails.
This was such a great trip where we experienced one fabulous view after another, from Engleberg to Zermatt.