This is the first stage of the Via Alpina, from Weisstannen to Meiringen.
The Via Alpina crosses 14 of the most beautiful Alpine passes and goes through six Swiss cantons with a vast variety of culture, geology and topography. The route has some of the world’s most diverse varieties of flora and fauna. We offer the Via Alpina in three stages or one combined stage of 14 days walking. We can book extra nights or rest days where you like.
Stage one of the Via Alpina, from Weisstannen to Meiringen.
£860 per person based on two people sharing a room.
7 nights accommodation in carefully selected 3* hotels (4* hotel for first night); breakfast each morning; luggage transportation; orientation meeting where route notes and maps are provided and any questions answered; airport transfers; telephone back up for the duration of your walk should you need assistance.
Guide, all meals except for breakfast, cable cars, bus and train used during the walks, insurance.
When to Go:
Daily departures from April to November.
Day 1: Arrival in Zurich
We will arrange for you to be picked up and taken to the 4 **** Hotel Tressoni in Regensdorf/Zurich.
Day 2: Weisstannen – Foo Pass – Elm (5 hours 30mins)
You walk through alpine pastures and then along a ridge of black slate whilst the Alpine huts on the other side of the Foo Pass are architectural rarieties. You then find yourself in wild scenery with magnificent waterfalls. Elm is famous for Martinsloch, a rock with a hole through which the sun rays shine on the church tower just four times every year.
Day 3: Elm-Richetli Pass – Linthal-Braunwald (hike Empaechli – Linthal 5 hours)
Cable car from Elm to Empaechli or to take a bus from Elm to Obererbs to shorten the hike.
A sunny slope with a great variety of flora and fauna and wonderful views to Wichlenalp and the Richetli Pass. Linthal sits in the middle of Switzerland’s deepest valley.
Day 4: Braunwald – Urnerboden (3 hours) Cable car from Linthal to Braunwald
The hike to Braunwald is a suntrap on the western side of the valley. Continue to the Nussbuel where there is an excellent restaurant serving coffee and cream. UIrnerboden begins with an area of moorland alongside the waters of the Faetschbach River.
Day 5: Urnerboden – Klausenpass – Attinghausen (hike Fiseten Pass – Urigen 5 hours) Cable car from Urnerboden to Fisetenpass
The Klausenpass is noted for its bees and honey and you will see the mobile beehives as you walk. Walk along the high level Klausenpass trail with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks before the steep descent to the valley (possible to take a cable car). The route continues in the valley from Burglen (with its fortified tower) along the William Tell trail to Altdorf, Switzerland’s symbolic birthplace and then further to the little village of Attinghausen.
Day 6: Attinghausen – Surenen Pass – Engelberg (hike Brusti – Furenalp 5 hours) Cable car to Brusti (1530m)
Once on the ridge the trail continues to the Surenenpass, a lovely Alpine trail leading to the monastery of Engelberg. (for the last section from just beyond Alpenrosti it is possible to take a cable car down to Engelberg).
Day 7: Engelberg – Joch Pass – Meiringen (hike Joch Pass – Planplatten 5 hours)
Cable car Englenberg to Joch Pass (2267m) and at the end from Planplatten to Meiringen.
The trail leads to the scenic Trubsee lake at the foot of Mount Titlis and then on over the Joch Pass into the Bernese Oberland with its array of beautiful Alpine roses along sunny banks. The Bernese Oberland is world famous for Mounts Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau with their glaciated slopes.
Overnight Meiringen or transfer back to Zurich and spend the last night in the Hotel Trend.
Day 8: Departure