(Alpine Pass Route West) Chalets above the village of Lauenen
ALPINE PASS ROUTE WEST (SELF-GUIDED)   5 stages . 6 nights . Swiss Alps   Booking

Alpine Pass Route West
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ One rocky col and many grassy cols
+ Walk from German-speaking to French-speaking Switzerland
+ Good hotels booked for you

Latest news March 2019
Please ask us about a trip during our 2019 season. Thank you.

The Alpine Pass Route is our big cross-Switzerland trek, East to West from Sargans to Montreux. In this Western section we take 5 days from Kandersteg to Montreux, with many options for taking longer.

The West week of the APR is characterised by meadows and farms; after the crossing of the pass to Adelboden, the remaining cols are lower and lack the rocky terrain. The trek becomes more and more of a cross-country exercise. Our last day - which can be broken into two - starts with a long walk to the Rochers de Nayes above Montreux, then finishes with a fabulous path in descent. Drop down final steps to the town itself.

On this self-guided holiday, make your own pace and walk in your own group - or solo. It is satisfying to piece together the trek, finding your accommodation each night in a new village, or in the case of Col des Mosses at a road pass with scattered houses and chalets. End in Montreux, the biggest contrast of all, on the shore of Lac Leman.

We book your good mix of Swiss hotels and an auberge. We break off the trail to visit Gstaad, by a regular Swiss post bus. Hotels and restaurants line the pedestrianised street.


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


Alpine Exploratory
APWsg Alpine Pass Route West (Self-guided)
21 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
6 stages
1 rest day
(8 nights)
Please ask us 1,010
Singles 240
Singles 310
6 stages
(7 nights)
Please ask us 950
Singles 210
Singles 280
5 stages
(6 nights)
Please ask us 880
Singles 180
Our main APW
Singles 200
Specialised schedules
4 stages
(5 nights)
Please ask us 820
Singles 120
Singles 160
Baggage transfer Please ask us

Baggage transfer

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


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

Take 6 stages
The last day is long, into Montreux. Taking a 6th day lets us split this in two, using the mountain railway to the Rochers de Nayes. (This is a fine excursion in its own right.) A seventh day is not a bad idea too, in order to split the long stages between Lenk and Col des Mosses into 3 days. We stay at Gstaad, where buses join the APR at Lauenen and Gsteig.

Rest days
Break at Lauenen or Gsteig for the bus to Gstaad, a fine little town in a curve of the railway.

Miss the first stage
By joining at Adelboden instead of Kandersteg, miss the first stage which includes a rocky col. This would keep the whole route at a lower grade, with grassy passes only.

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Alpine Pass Route West
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: APWsg
Route: APW Alpine Pass Route West
(See our background page on the APR)
(Prefer a Guided trek or the full APR?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 5 days' trekking
Start: Kandersteg in Switzerland
End: Montreux in Switzerland
Typical walk: 22.5km, 1,085m ascent
Highest altitude: 2,385m
Grade: Black3 (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2019

5 stages, per person:

APWsg Classic
GBP 880 (singles 180)
Alpine Pass Route West (self-guided)

APWsg Comfy
GBP 920 (singles 200)
Alpine Pass Route West (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

Lac Leman in view at last!
Lac Leman in view (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

6 nights, staying in:
3- and 4-star hotels (5)
Auberges (1)

Accommodation and itinerary
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards APR14-18 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 Bunderchrinde, to Adelboden
The Bunderchrinde on route to Adelboden

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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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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