The Via Alpina, Stage 3: Lenk to Montreux

Switzerland

Holiday overview

Destination

Switzerland


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 625 pp


Duration

4 nights


This is the third and final stage of the Via Alpina, from Lenk to Montreux. 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.

Price:

£625.00 per person based on two people sharing a room.

 

Included:

4 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.

 

Not Included:

Guide, all meals except for breakfast, cable cars, bus and train used during the walks,   insurance.

 

When to Go:

Daily departures from May to end of October.

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: Lenk to Gstaad (hike Betalberg – Gstaad 5 hours 30mins)

Cable car Lenk – Betalberg

After the briefing you will be taken to Lenk to start the walk. From Lenk walk via lush alpine pastures, up into Lynx territory, through a verdant limestone area with magnificent views. Then it is over the Truttlisberg pass and the long Turbachtal valley to sophisticated Gstaad.

 

Day 3: Gstaad – L’Etivaz (hike Hintereggli – L’Etivaz, 5 hours)

Take a taxi to Hintereggli

This is a panoramic and high level pass taking you past the Berghaus Eggli and the Wilde Bode limestone area, which brings you into French-speaking Switzerland. This area is well known for the L’Etivaz, a full fat hard cheese, made in copper cauldrons over open fires.

 

Day 4: L’Etivaz – Les Rochers-de Naye /Montreux (hike La Lecherette – Les Rocher-de-Naye 6 hours 40mins)

Bus L’Etivaz to La Lecherette in the beginning and cog railway Rochers-de Naye to Montreux.

Walk past the Hongrin reservoir, peaceful and remote along rolling terrain to a breezy ridge that leads to the summit of Rochers de Naye, the most fascinating vantage point in the Vaud Canton.

Overnight Montreux or we will deliver you back to the first hotel in Zurich for the last overnight.

 

Day 5: Departure

Transfer to Zurich Airport. If you prefer to return from Geneva then the public transport system works well.