This is the second stage of the Via Alpina, from Meiringen to Lenk. 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 two of the Via Alpina, from Meiringen to Lenk.
£860.00 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 transfer; 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: Meiringen – Grindelwald (hike Rosenlaui – Grindelwald 5 hours 30mins)Bus from Meiringen – Rosenlaui
After breakfast you have a briefing where you will be given maps and route notes and the route will be explained – ie when you can shorten it by taking cable cars etc. Then you will be taken to the start of the walk.
Walk past the Reichenbach Falls – legendary scene of the dual between Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty – to the nostalgic Rosenlaui Hotel, dating from the pioneering age of Alpine tourism. And on to the glacier gorge, considered one of the great natural sights of Switzerland and through beautiful moorland over the Grosse Scheidegg to Grindelwald.
Day 3: Grindelwald – Kleine Scheidegg – Wengen/Lauterbrunnen (hike Alpiglen – Lauterbrunnen 5 hours 10mins)
Train from Grindelwald – Alpiglen
The walk over undulating meadows is gentle, the rock and ice scenery of the Eiger North Wall is close and awe inspiring. This is a sunny high level trail to Wengen that continues deep into the Lauterbrunnen Valley with its vertical walls and spectacular waterfalls.
Day 4: Wengen- Sefinerfurgge – Griesalp/Kiental (hike Murren – Griesalp 6 hours 30mins)
Train Wengen-Lauterbrunnen – Murren
The sunny terrace of Murren lies directly opposite the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. The trail leads on via alpine pastures to the impressive pass into the Kiental, associated with James Bond as a result of the film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’.
Day 5: Griesalp – Hohturli – Kandersteg (hike Griesalp – Oeschinensee)
Take Cable car from Oeschinensee to Kandersteg
Today you hike over the highest point of the Via Alpina (2778m Hohturli) made easier by a wooden stairway. The trail goes on to Oeschinensee, one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the Alps.
Day 6: Kandersteg – Bonderchrinde – Adelboden (hike Almenalp – Adelboden 5 hours 30mins)
Cable car from Adelboden to Almpenalp (1728m).
From Kandersteg’s traditional wooden chalets over flower filled Alpine pastures towards the rock walls of the Lohner the hike takes one over several steep sections to reach the Bunderchrinde, the breathtaking pass into Engstligental, and from there to Adeelboden.
Day 7: Adelboden –Hahnenmoos Pass – Lenk (5 hours 30mins)
A gentle climb alongside the Glisbach steam through forest and moorland, over the Hahnenmoospass, then down to town of Lenk, with spectacular waterfall and its magnificent wooden architecture.
Day 8: Departure