Continuous trail, surefootedness and experience of day hikes required; terrain: mostly moderately steep (T1-T2); alpine technique: no experience necessary
Walking time from 2-5 hrs. up to approx. 700 altitude meters, approx. 250 vertical meters/hour.
3-12 guests per hiking guide
9.00 a.m. Engelberg train station (train arrival 8.53 a.m. Engelberg train station)
approx. 15.30 p.m. Montreux train station
"The light way" stands for moderate walking times as well as ascents/descents. The daily stages are often supported by postal bus or mountain railroads.
The offer takes into account the current Covid-19 regulations of the FOPH.
Day 1 After the welcome, the first meters in altitude are covered in no time by gondola and chairlift to the spectacularly situated Trübsee at the foot of the Titlis and over the Jochpass to Engstlenalp. From here the path leads to Engstlenalp. An idyllic place of energy with lake, nostalgic hotel and thousands of alpine roses. The trail continues through colorful alpine flora to Tannalp with cheese dairy, inn and lake. Then it follows the panoramic trail over the ridge to the Balmeregghorn with magnificent views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. From Planplatten you gently sink down into the valley to Meiringen (walking time: 4.3 h, distance: 14 km, ascent/descent: 725/700 meters).
Day 2 Overcome the first steep step with the 120-year-old rack railroad up to the thundering Reichenbach Falls. Under the spell of the mighty Wetterhorn, you pass the Belle Epoque Hotel Rosenlaui and the glacier gorge. Through beautiful moorland you reach Grosse Scheidegg. The post bus takes you to Grindelwald in the middle of the Jungfrau region. (Walking time: 3 h, distance: approx. 7 km, ascent/descent: approx. 700/75 meters).
Day 3 Gentle is the ascent over undulating meadows to Kleine Scheidegg, close and mighty the rock and ice scenery of the Eiger north face. Now follows a sunny high trail to Wengen with views of the royal Jungfrau, before you descend on board the Jungfrau Railway into the Lauterbrunnen Valley with its vertical walls and spectacular waterfalls. Overnight stay in Interlaken. (Walking time: 4 h, distance: 11 km, ascent/descent: 475/820 meters).
Day 4 From Lake Thun by train and bus to Adelboden. Then a gentle ascent along the Gilsbach stream, through fairytale forests and impressive moorland to the Hahnenmoospass. The destination of the stage is Lenk in the Hinteren Simmental. The picturesque mountain village is surrounded by the perfect backdrop of the Wildstubel massif and spectacular waterfalls. (Walking time: 4.30 h, distance: 14 km, ascent/descent: 690/970 meters).
Day 5 Slowly you glide in the gondola from Lenk up to Betelberg. The panoramic hike to the bizarre crater landscape "Gryde" and further to the Trütlisberg pass is hard to beat in beauty. Then follows the descent to Lauenen and glamorous Gstaad. At the end of today you will enjoy one of the most beautiful train rides in Switzerland. On board of the Montreux-Oberland Bahn you will reach Montreux in the evening. (Walking time: 3.3 h, distance: 10.5 km, ascent/descent: 255/960 meters)
Day 6 The ride up to Rocher de Naye is imposing and even more impressive is the view of Lake Geneva and all the way to Mont Blanc and the 4000m peaks of Valais from this summit. The last mile of the Via Alpina leads you on a spectacular path back to Lake Geneva, where you will cross the finish line of the route. Congratulations on the Via Alpina! (Walking time: approx. 3 h, distance: approx. 10 km, ascent/descent: approx. 100/1000 meters)