(Alpine Pass Route Central) A view down the Lauterbrunnen valley
ALPINE PASS ROUTE CENTRAL (SELF-GUIDED)   7 stages . 8 nights . Swiss Bernese Oberland   Booking

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 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.

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


Alpine Exploratory
APCsg Alpine Pass Route Central (Self-guided)
21 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
7 stages
(8 nights)

Please ask us 1,060
Singles 240
Our main APC
Singles 260
Specialised schedules
5 stages
(6 nights)

Please ask us 920
Singles 180
Singles 200
Baggage transfer Please ask us

Baggage transfer

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


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 Jungfrau
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 2019

Trip name: Alpine Pass Route Central
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: APCsg
Route: APR Alpine Pass Route
(See our background page on the APR)
(Prefer a Guided or Weekend trip?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
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)

Prices Summer 2019

7 stages, per person:

APCsg Classic
GBP 1,060 (singles 240)
Alpine Pass Route Central (self-guided)

APCsg Comfy
GBP 1,140 (singles 260)
Alpine Pass Route Central (self-guided)

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

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

Alpine Exploratory's service

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
Maps and local information

Season for self-guided treks
21 July to 15 September 2019
19 July to 18 September 2020
Trek on your ideal dates

The view from the Blumlisalphutte
The Blumlisalphuette

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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