(Alpine Pass Route Weekend) The Grosse Scheidegg and the Wetterhorn from Alpiglen above Grindelwald
ALPINE PASS ROUTE WEEKEND (SELF-GUIDED)   3 stages . 4 nights . Swiss Bernese Oberland   Booking

Alpine Pass Route Weekend
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Three trek days in the Bernese Oberland
+ Moderate, grassier cols of the Alpine Pass Route
+ Link famous resorts Grindelwald, Wengen and Murren

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. On this Weekend trip we take 3 days to cover the central 3 stages in the Bernese Oberland, passing under the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch.

While the distances on the first two stages are substantial, the waling is quite quick and the passes are gentle. These are slightly lower, grassier (as opposed to rocky) passes compared to Alpine Pass Route stages either side. Our third day is the inverse, first dropping to the valley at Lauterbrunnen to climb back up to M�rren. The car-free village of M�rren is special for its sunny shelf, loftily in the mountains, and � apart from our footpath � reached only by cable car and mini-train.

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 Weekend self-guided walking holiday


Alpine Exploratory
APKsg Alpine Pass Route Weekend (Self-guided)
21 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
3 stages
(4 nights)

Please ask us 610
Singles 120
Most popular
Singles 140
4 stages
(5 nights)

Please ask us 670
Singles 150
Singles 170
Baggage transfer Please ask us

Baggage transfer

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


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

Take 4 stages
Add a 4th stage to walk above Meiringen, using the cable car to make a super daywalk and return to Meiringen for a second night. Then set off on our 3-stage trek.

Different section for harder cols
If you prefer to cross more challenging cols, then please ask us about a different 3-stage trek from Murren to Adelboden. This crosses the 3 hardest of Alpine Pass Route cols.

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 Weekend
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: APKsg
Route: APR Alpine Pass Route
(See our background page on the APR)
(Prefer a Central week or the full APR?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 3 days' trekking
Start: Meiringen in Switzerland
End: Murren in Switzerland
Typical walk: 16.5km, 1,170m ascent
Highest altitude: 2,061m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2019

3 stages, per person:

APKsg Classic
GBP 610 (singles 120)
Alpine Pass Route Weekend (self-guided)

APKsg Comfy
GBP 680 (singles 140)
Alpine Pass Route Weekend (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

The North Face of the Eiger from a barn on the way to Kleine Scheidegg
The North Face of the Eiger <(Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

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

Accommodation and itinerary
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards APR9-11 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

Evening light in Murren
Evening light in Murren (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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