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(Alpine Pass Route Central) Below the Sefinafurgga (Alpine Pass Route Central) North Face of the Eiger (Alpine Pass Route Central) Engstlenalp (Alpine Pass Route Central) Above Kandersteg (Alpine Pass Route Central) Walking in the Gental

Alpine Pass Route Central
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Classic Swiss trekking over mountain passes
+ Solid days from forest to meadow to rocky col
+ Sweet mountain villages and comfy hotels

Latest news February 2017
Bookings are open for 2017! Please ask us any time. 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.

This being a self-guided holiday, you're free to complete the walks as you choose: we arrange everything for you, including booking accommodation and providing you with our detailed routecards for the walking, and then it's up to you to carry out the walks yourself.

We book your accommodation in a comfortable mix of Swiss hotels and auberges.

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


The Alpine Pass Route allows a few variations, as follows.

Take 5 stages
By walking two very long days, or taking local transport (bus, and cable-car and train) the route can be completed in 5 days. This misses the nights at Engstlenalp and Wengen.

Stay in mountain huts
The last 3 stages of the route can be approached as a hut trek. We can replace the village nights of Murren and Griesalp with two good, contrasting, huts; this gives a different pattern of daily distance, but adds in the joy of overnighting in the mountains.

The train to the Junfrau
We walk over Kleine Scheidegg, the bustling train interchange under the Eiger. Add a second night in either Grindelwald or Wengen to leave a day for the train ride.

Key information Summer 2017


Classic mix (hotels & auberges)
£940 per person (£240 single supp)
Alpine Pass Route Central (Self-guided)

Comfy mix (hotels & auberges)
£1,020 per person (£260 single supp)
Alpine Pass Route Central (Self-guided)

We take 7 stages as the norm; please ask us for a shorter or longer trip

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

Research 2017
July 2017 (Simon

On the ascent to Hohturli, looking down
In ascent to Hohturli

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

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 2 evening meals
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards APR7-13 of the Exploratory system Swiss topo maps
Our detailed notes

Season for self-guided treks
22 July to 17 September 2017
22 July to 17 September 2018 (TBC 2 Oct 2017)
Trek on your ideal dates

The view from the Blumlisalphutte
The Blumlisalphuette

Baggage transfer
Let us move your bags between stops. Please contact us for a price

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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