(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 June 2019
Please ask us about a trip. We still have good availability 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


Here is our normal schedule of 3 stages.

Arrival day: Arrival in Meiringen
Your trip begins on arrival in Meiringen. This pleasant town is on the scenic Interlaken to Lucerne train line. The street has good shopping and a choice of dining for your first night.
Hotel in Meiringen

Stage 1: Meiringen to Grindelwald
Red3 grade, 22km with ,410m ascent, 1030m descent
We start with the easy-angled Grosse Scheidegg. A small road goes over the pass and down to Grindelwald. We climb and descend through woods and meadows. This feels like a more gentle day than others, despite the distance, because after the first ascent by the Reichenbach falls (as per Sherlock Holmes) the gradients are generally modest.
Hotel in Grindelwald

Stage 2: Grindelwald to Wengen
Red3 grade, 18.5km with 1170m ascent, 930m descent
The Kleine Scheidegg is today's pass, unique on the Alpine Pass Route in hosting a railway station. (The Jungfraujoch railway can be joined here as an excursion.) We walk under the North Face of the Eiger. Roll gently down to Wengen on its high shelf. Together with Grindelwald and Mürren, Wengen makes up the trio of famous Bernese Oberland resorts.
Hotel in Wengen

Stage 3: Wengen to Mürren
Red2 grade, 8.5km with 860m ascent, 490m descent
Today is a modest stage, steeply down to Lauterbrunnen then steeply up. Our aim is the mountainside village of Mürren, car-free and a curious delight. It feels as if suspended in mid-air. If time allows it is worth walking above Mürren to see the views open up back to the Kleine Scheidegg and the Eiger and Jungfrau. The Schilthorn cable car is exhilarating too.
Hotel in Mürren

Departure day: Departure from Mürren
After a last breakfast we depart from Mürren. The one-carriage railway to the cable car is the main way out, joining the Swiss railways at Lauterbrunnen... and here everything is in reach. Please ask us to advise on Swiss travel.

Our usual schedule of accommodation might not be available, especially if there is not much time between booking and your trip. We book accommodation as closely as possible to this itinerary and present a schedule for you to check before we proceed.

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.

The route

Our approach to the APR Weekend
Our trip gives a complete journey on foot from Meiringen to Kandersteg along the Alpine Pass Route. On completion you will have walked the short but central section and passed by the most notable peaks including the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch. On the trek itself, no transport is taken except for any that you would like to add in, to skip certain sections of valley walking or to descend by cable car. The routecards explain these places; none are necessary to complete the route.

The Alpine Pass Route’s terrain comprises Alpine walking in its full range but without the rockier cols of other sections of the APR. A typical day starts with wide tracks through forests, tarmac country lanes, then up to zig-zagging hillside paths and grassy mountain paths. Our first two stages are classic crossings of passes, then the third stage to Mürren starts with a descent to Lauterbrunnen and a steady climb up to Mürren (no passes involved).

The Alpine Pass Route has no via ferrata or climbing sections and is a trek throughout.

How to get there

Your holiday starts in the mountain town of Meiringen and ends in the high resort of Mürren. Zurich and Basel are the most convenient airports, with good trains to Meiringen (via Bern or Luzern) and from Mürren (reached from Lauterbrunnen by a cable car then a small railway). Geneva airport also works.

Travel to and from the trip is not included in the holiday price. We take care to give the most useful notes possible about all the travel options. We supply these both on booking and in your info pack, and we offer personalised tips at any point. The aim is that our trekkers arrange their travel by the simplest and most scenic means as suits their plan.

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
Total distance: 49km or 31 miles
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

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About our walking holidays Our FAQs page covering equipment, weather, insurance and more about how our trips work

Walking guides Our background page on the
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