(Alpine Pass Route Central) The Jungfrau from above Kleine Scheidegg
ALPINE PASS ROUTE CENTRAL (GUIDED)   7 stages . 8 nights . Swiss Bernese Oberland   Booking

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 March 2019
Please ask us about a trip during our 2019 season. 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 M�rren � 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 M�rren 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).

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.


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


Alpine Exploratory
APCg Alpine Pass Route Central (Guided)
21 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Options on the scheduled guided trips
7 stages
(8 nights)

Singles 200
Singles 240
Singles 260
Options on a private guided trip
5 stages
(6 nights)

Singles 160
Singles 190
Singles 200
Baggage transfer 240

Baggage transfer

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

Why Alpine Exploratory for your guided APR?

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) - all the options

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Alpine Pass Route Central
Guided or self-guided? Guided
Trip code: APCg
Route: APR Alpine Pass Route
(See our background page on the APR)
(Prefer a Self-guided or full APR trip?)
Group size: 4 to 8 people
Length: 7 days' trekking
Start: Engelberg in Switzerland
End: Kandersteg in Switzerland
Typical walk: 16km, 1,130m ascent
Highest altitude: 2,834m
Grade: Black3 (Walking grades)

Dates Summer 2019

Scheduled trips 2019
Please join our guided trip:

APRg2 20 to 28 July 2019
Guided by leader to be announced
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Leaders at Alpine Exploratory

Private trips 2019
Please join us any time in our season from
21 July to 15 September 2019

Scheduled trips: Starting 25 July
Season: 19 July to 18 September 2020

Research Summer 2019

Steph Ward at Alpine ExploratoryAllan Gibbs at Alpine ExploratoryAlpine Exploratory's 2019 research on the Via Alpina will be led by:
Allan Gibbs in July
Steph Ward in July

Recces 2019

Murren from above
Murren from above (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

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

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 2 evening meals
Guided trekking with your IML

The UIMLA logo An IML leads your trek

The IML is the award needed to lead treks on the Alpine Pass Route

The IML award

Descending to Griesalp
Descending to Griesalp (Photo gallery)

The Alpine Pass Route in the Alps

Map of the Alpine Pass Route within the Alps

Our city information included in your info pack:
Geneva, Bern, Lucerne, Basel, Zurich

City breaks after trekking

Find out more

Holiday Notes Read our trip dossier,
    a 2-page PDF which is easy to print

Walking guides Our background page on the
    Alpine Pass Route

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