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(Alpine Pass Route Central) On screes to Hohturli (Alpine Pass Route Central) Cafe at Im Schilt (Alpine Pass Route Central) Tannalp (Alpine Pass Route Central) Down from Hohturli (Alpine Pass Route Central) Above Engleberg

Alpine Pass Route Central
Guided trekking holiday

+ Our guided group crosses tough Alpine cols
+ Substantial climbs rewarded by long views
+ We stay in comfy hotels and see Swiss daily life

Latest news October 2017
Booking is open for 2018! Please ask us any questions; thank you.

The Alpine Pass Route crosses Switzerland from East to West, from Sargans to Montreux. We take 7 days to cover the central stages of the route. Through the Bernese Oberland we pass the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch.

As the name suggests, the theme is Alpine passes! On all but two days – those to Meiringen and to Mürren – our stages start in the valley and climb steadily to a col, typically either broad and grassy or narrow and rocky. Our night’s accommodation lies in the village on the far side, down through meadows and forests. This is Swiss Alpine trekking at its most pure. These are solid mountain days requiring fitness and confidence. The reward is the sense of traveling through the mountains that we seek for all our treks, combined with grand old Swiss hotels in notable high resorts for example the car-free Mürren on its high shelf.

We take the normal routing of the Alpine Pass Route as well as giving some options for easier or more scenic paths.

Trek in the company of our fully qualified International Mountain Leaders (IMLs).

Map showing the route of Alpine Exploratory's Alpine Pass Route Central guided walking holiday

Where we stay
We book your accommodation in a comfortable mix of Swiss hotels and auberges. Life in the Swiss villages happens smoothly and to a reliable pattern, making for a relaxing experience.

Why Alpine Exploratory for your guided Alpine Pass Route?

We trek the ideal route
Our groups always aim to trek continuously. Nothing is worth cutting out! Occasionally a cable car or bus can be helpful, but the most satisfaction comes from walking from start to finish. Our route is the main Alpine Pass Route in this subsection from Engelberg to Kandersteg with scenic options that your leader can offer.

Expert knowledge of the route
The same careful research that goes into our self-guided APRs informs our guided treks too. We place particular emphasis on interpretation of the path's difficulties. Our leaders understand how different trekkers approach different challenges, and how much the group will enjoy each route option.

Flexible, personal planning
As per our general ethos, even on our scheduled guided trips we like to be flexible. Single rooms are no problem on the valley nights. If you'd like extra nights in Engelberg or Kandersteg, please just ask us.

Small groups expertly led
Alpine Exploratory follows best practice in the mountains. Our leaders are all International Mountain Leaders and we keep to a maximum group size of 8 clients. The aim is a small, tightly knit group with an engaging leader, completing the APR with safety, proficiency and fun.

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Options (for private trips)

If you join us as a private group instead of joining our scheduled treks, then we can adjust your APR in various ways.

+ Shorten the trek to 5 days by combining stages
+ Add a rest day to take the train to the Jungfraujoch
+ Make it basic in huts or up the comfort with our best hotels

Of course, on a private trip you can come on the dates that suit you. Except for the composition of the group and the dates, everything else is the same as on our scheduled APRs.

Alpine Pass Route Central (Self-guided) - look here for all the options

Key information Summer 2018

£1,450 per person
Add single rooms for £240
Add baggage transfer for £240
Private group? Please contact us

Scheduled dates 2018
Please join our 4 guided trips:

APCg4 21 to 29 July 2018
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APCg6 4 to 12 August 2018
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APCg8 18 to 26 August 2018
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APCg10 1 to 9 September 2018
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Descending to Griesalp
Descending to Griesalp

7 days' trekking
Swiss Alps
 Grade (Explained)
Starting in Engelberg
Ending in Kandersteg
Typical walk 16km, 1,130m ascent
Highest altitude 2,834m
Group size 4 to 8 people

Research 2017
July 2017 (Simon

8 nights, staying in:
3- and 4-star hotels (6)
Auberges (2)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 1 evening meal
Guided trekking with your IML

Season for private groups
22 July to 16 September 2018
22 July to 15 September 2019 (TBC 1 Oct 2018)
Please join us on your ideal dates

Murren from above
Murren from above

The UIMLA logo An IML leads your trek

The IML is the award needed to lead treks on the Alta Via Uno in the Dolomites

The IML award

The Alpine Pass Route in the Alps

Map of the Alpine Pass Route within the Alps

How hard is the route?


This trip fits our Black3 grade, plus please note:
+ Steep steps up and down from two cols

Find out more

Holiday Notes - our full trip dossier (PDF)
A guide to the trek - our background page
About our walking holidays - general FAQs
Contact us - please ask us any questions

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Alpine Exploratory provides a uniquely detailed and up-to-date coverage of trekking routes in the Alps and the UK. This knowledge lets us book superb holidays for our enthusiastic trekkers.

We are a small team based in Edinburgh in the UK. 2018 will be our 14th Summer in the Alps, the 12th on our UK routes, and our first in Norway.

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