Hiking the Swiss Alps. As an avid hiker who have trekked some of the highest mountains and chief (among them) national parks in North America and the Caribbean, I was ecstatic (but then concerned) when asked by Tiffany (owner of this website) to go to Switzerland and hike the Swiss Alps so as to solidify the company’s newly added tour “Trekking Bernese Oberland *10 Days, Swiss Alps, Switzerland“.
Surely, hiking Swiss Alps in the summer the crowds must be maddening, I thought to myself. Tiffany must have sense my apprehensiveness because at that moment she exclaimed “the tour takes travelers off-the-beaten-path to areas that are less traveled”. And upon hearing those words, I was sold.
On day 1, I arrived in Wilderswil, a tiny resort village described as the gateway to the adventures of Bernese Oberland. It was from here that the real adventure began for hiking Swiss Alps.
On day 2, my guide Greg and I started out at dawn. [since the tour is designed to take travelers hiking Swiss Alps for many, many miles through the mountain and from huts to huts], my belongings were sent ahead of me. Certainly, this made my load much lighter to carry. With me I had my backpack containing a DSLR camera, a mid-range zoom lens, batteries, memory cards, proteins bars, and drinking water in canteen bottles.
After hiking what seems to be some of the most scenic trails in the world, we reached Lobhörner. Here, a collection of 5 limestone towers dominates the landscape, the highest being Gross Lobhorn. It reaches 2566 m. And in all their colossal glory, Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau are superior among massifs. Having ascended two of the classic ridges on Eiger, I felt like I was on top of the world and in that moment nothing else matters. After a long period just taking in the view at this site, I had to remind myself that we shall move on and continue on the journey of hiking Swiss Alps.
We proceeded through pine forests and meadows dotted with wild flowers and home to grazing cows. We then arrived at Griesalp, an area of immense beauty with mountain walls, waterfalls, and lake. This is in fact a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As I snapped (with my camera) away at the extraordinary landscape in front me, I paused for a second to glance at Greg and said “this is what hiking Swiss Alps in the summer is all about”, Greg must have understood what I was saying without me actually saying it all because he nodded in agreement.
We continued hiking Swiss Alps through the mountain for several days, checking in and out of mountain huts along the way and traversing jagged glacier peaks, valleys, steep gorges with gashing waterfalls, pastures, rural farms and villages.
On day 7, we reached Lauterbrunnen Valley. Certainly, I have seen pictures of this place but to see it in the real was a humbling experience for me. Two massive mountain walls reign supreme, one on each side of the valley. These mountain walls seem to have been placed there by some gods to keep a stronghold over the valley, and with nice touches of complement, the gods created Staubbach Fall (the second largest waterfall in Switzerland) in addition to 71 other waterfalls in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
On day 9, my adventure hiking Swiss Alps takes us to Grindelwald, where we explored the locale’s famous peaks and the area around Bachsee Lake before heading to my hotel in Faulhorn. The sunset is incredible here. Tomorrow, on day 10, we will hike Schynige Platte before reaching to where we started out in Wilderswil.
- The hiking Swiss Alps tour is led by a local naturalist guide, who know the region and its areas off-the-beaten-path well.
- The tour takes travelers through some scenic, lesser traveled routes hiking Swiss Alps.
- Luggage are sent ahead on the trails so that hikers don’t have to struggle with the load.
- Huts hopping allow travelers to enjoy varying degrees of hotel types, their amenities and locales.
- The hiking Swiss Alps tour is designed to go for up to 7 hours each day (although it can be tailor-made to suite individuals), and traverse some immensely rugged terrains.
- Participants require top physical health and stamina, and must have experience hiking jagged and steep mountain trails in order to conquer the tour.
Article by: Todd Kennedy, L’ EcoResorts
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