(Alpine Pass Route) Vorder Schlöss between Altdorf and Engelberg, Switzerland
ALPINE PASS ROUTE (SELF-GUIDED)   18 stages, 2 rest days . 21 nights . Swiss Alps   Booking

Alpine Pass Route
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Cross a series of mountain passes in Switzerland
+ Long, tough mountain days and some rocky cols
+ The real Switzerland represented by its villages and hotels

Latest news January 2019
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The Alpine Pass Route crosses Switzerland from East to West, from Sargans to Montreux. We take 18 days for the route, which breaks the longest stages into manageable days, still leaving a very long last stage to Montreux... though the theme is downhill!

A full Alpine Pass Route will reveal the rural Switzerland of farmland, meadows, villages and small towns. The ski resorts tend to be in the Central week, including the famous Grindelwald, Wengen and Murren. Life follows a reliable pattern; as a trekker, most days you'll start with a climb through forests to high meadows, a col - in some instances quite rocky and narrow - and a descent to the next village. A handful of days do not involve cols, or only minor grassy ones, being cross-country journeys, perhaps not far from the road.

The Alpine Pass Route follows a generally settled route, unlike some treks, though looking at the Swiss maps we supply will reveal several variants. We give some of these, but not all; to do so would be an enormous exercise! The Swiss path network is quite dense and some days can be made by different passes.

This being a self-guided holiday, you're free to walk as you choose. We make the arrangements, including booking accommodation and giving you our detailed routecards, and then it's up to you to complete each day's walk.

We book your accommodation in a comfortable mix of Swiss hotels and auberges. Unless you ask for our hutty mix of accommodation, there are no dormitories on any night.


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


Alpine Exploratory
APRsg Alpine Pass Route (Self-guided)
21 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
20 stages
2 rest days
(23 nights)
Singles 650
Singles 690
Singles 750
18 stages
2 rest days
(21 nights)
Singles 590
Singles 630
Our main APR
Singles 670
Specialised schedules
16 stages
(17 nights)
Singles 530
Singles 570
Singles 590
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 4 very long days, in addition to the long last stage to Montreux, the full route can be made in 14 stages. Or, take local transport (bus, and cable-car and train) over certain sections. This misses the nights at Engstlenalp and Wengen, and doubles-up the Sargans to Elm and Linthal to Altdorf stages.

Stay in mountain huts
The last 3 stages of the route into Kandersteg can be approached as a hut trek. We can replace the village nights of Murren and Griesalp with two good Swiss huts. The stage lengths are not quite as even, but the benefit is to spend nights in the mountains. Otherwise, the APR can be completed entirely without huts.

Rest days
We suggest 2 rest days, to make it a walk of 6, 7 and then 5 stages. If you prefer, take one rest day or none: with one, make it Grindelwald and take the train to the Jungfraujoch, on the side of the Eiger.

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Alpine Pass Route
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: APRsg
Route: APR Alpine Pass Route
(See our background page on the APR)
(Prefer a Guided or a one-week Central trip?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 18 days' trekking, 2 rest days
Start: Sargans in Switzerland
End: Montreux in Switzerland
Typical walk: 19.5km, 1,110m ascent
Highest altitude: 2,834m
Grade: Black3 (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2019

18 stages and 2 rest days, per person:

APRsg Hutty
GBP 2,070 (singles 590)
Alpine Pass Route (self-guided)

APRsg Classic
GBP 2,120 (singles 630)
Alpine Pass Route (self-guided)

APRsg Comfy
GBP 2,310 (singles 670)
Alpine Pass Route (self-guided)

Research Summer 2019

Simon Stevens at Alpine ExploratoryPete Ellis at Alpine ExploratoryAlpine Exploratory's 2018 research on the Alpine Pass Route will be led by:
Pete Ellis in June
Simon Stevens in June

Recces 2018

Trekkers at the Hohturli
Trekkers at the Hohturli pass (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

21 nights, staying in:
3- and 4-star hotels (16)
2-star hotel (1) Auberges (4)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 3 evening meals
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards APR1-18 of the Exploratory system
Maps and local information

Season for self-guided treks
21 July to 15 September 2019
19 July to 13 September 2020 (TBC 1 Oct 2019)
Trek on your ideal dates

Engstlenalp in the view back
Engstlenalp in the view back (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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