Via Alpina - the Finale

Part III: Kandersteg - Montreux | 5 days

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The Via Alpina is the best-known long-distance hiking trail in Switzerland. From east to west, the number 1 hiking route connects the most beautiful hiking highlights across the country over 400 km from Vaduz in Liechtenstein to Lake Geneva in Montreux. The Via Alpina, that is experiencing Switzerland, up close!

The third part leads from the mountaineering village of Kandersteg into the gentle Simmen and Sanenland and across the language border to the Rochers de Naye cliff with a breathtaking view of Lake Geneva, where far below in Montreux the finish line of the Via Alpina is crossed.

On this comfort trekking you hike with a light daypack. Your luggage will be transported from hotel to hotel.

Hiking highlights

  • From the deeply carved Kandertal, past the mighty Wildstrubel mountain to the far Simmental and Saanenland, the mountain world could hardly be more contrasting
  • Hike from glamorous Gstaad to the cheese village of Etivaz and enjoy the Etivaz AOP cheese
  • Cross the finish line of the Via Alpina on the mediterranean-like Riviera in Montreux

Hiking and mountain trails, continuous trail, moderately steep to steep, short sections with more exposure are possible (T1-T3). Surefootedness required.


Up and down and on and on! Puffing and sweating is part of it. You will love the trekking! But bring experience of multi-day tours with you and prepare well with regular endurance training. Hiking times without rests up to 8 hrs, up to approx. 1400 m altitude difference.


6-12 guests per hiking guide

Meeting place

8.45 AM Kandersteg train station (train arrival 8.39 AM Kandersteg train station)


approx. 3.30 PM Montreux train station


(depending on the date, an alternative choice of hotel with comparable services may occur).


Private tours on your desired date we gladly will organize for you. Get in contact with us.

Learn more about the technical and physical requirements.

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Via Alpina - Finale

5 days
1 possible date
from 1265.- CHF
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25.09. - 29.09.2024
5 days
1265.- CHF

Day 1 From Kandersteg with its traditional and romantic buildings from the Belle Epoque period, the route leads across flower-filled alpine meadows and up several steep steps to the Bunderchrinde, the breathtaking passage to the Engstligental and Adelboden. On the way, you will be impressed by the steep rock faces of the Lohner, where, with a bit of luck, you can observe chamois. The Bunderchrinde, which with its unique rock formation is reminiscent of a bowl, immediately makes you forget the sweaty ascent. (Walking time: 7 h, distance: 16.2 km, ascent/descent: 1400/1220 meters).

Day 2 The gentle ascent leads along the Gilsbach stream, through fairytale forests and impressive moorland landscapes up to the Hahnenmoospass. After the ascent, you can fortify yourself in the restaurant of the same name. From here, with a good wind, you can watch numerous model airplane enthusiasts performing their aerobatics. The destination of the stage is Lenk in the rear Simmental. The picturesque mountain village is surrounded by the perfect backdrop of the Wildstubel massif and spectacular waterfalls. (Walking time without rests: 4.30 h, distance: 14 km, ascent/descent: 690/970 meters).

Day 3 Following the Wallbach stream, the trail leads through an impressive gorge at the beginning. Through damp limestone karst terrain you finally reach the Trüttlisberg pass, which connects Lenk with Gstaad. The horizon is wide and boundless. The descent takes you first along a winding moorland path, while you dive deeper and deeper into the lovely and untouched Turbachtal. The destination of the stage is the glamorous Gstaad with an unmistakable touch of luxury and prestige. (Walking time without rests: 7 h, distance: 22 km, ascent/descent: 1070/1090 meters).

Day 4 With the Gummfluh, the landmark of Saanenland, behind you, you hike up to the Col de Jable on increasingly narrow trails. Not only does the German-French language border run up here, the distant view from Les Diablerets to the Rochers de Naye delights every hiker's heart. Following the course of the valley, you leave the lush meadows behind you on the descent to L'Etivaz and sink into the shady forest. In L'Etivaz, cheese lovers will get their money's worth: here, the cheese of the same name is produced by selected cheese dairies according to a traditional recipe and by hand. (Walking time without rests: 7 h, distance: 16 km, ascent/descent: 1270/1150 meters).

Day 5 After a short ride by post bus towards Col des Mosses, the trail initially leads through the idyllic moorland of La Lécherette and along the deep blue waters of Lac de l'Hongrin. Its imposing dam rises on the opposite side of the valley and fills you with wonder. The destination of today's stage, the Rochers de Naye, can already be seen in the distance. The hike not only gets sweatier with every step, but also more impressive. Surrounded by a spectacular backdrop that stretches across the entire horizon, you'll get the last meters of altitude behind you. It is definitely worth it. The view from the summit over Lake Geneva is breathtaking and a worthy end to Via Alpina. Now the cogwheel train takes you over the steep ramp to the Riviera and the music town of Montreux welcomes you with a touch of Mediterranean atmosphere. Cross now the finish line of the Via Alpina and enjoy the end of the tour on the shores of Lake Geneva. (Walking time without rests: 5 h, distance: 14 km, ascent/descent: 1060/400 meters).

  • Guiding and support by hiking guide
  • Overnight stay with half board: 4x hotel (basis double room)
  • Welcome aperitif on day 1
  • Via Alpina hiking passbook
  • Offsetting of CO2 emissions on the tour CHF 12 per person (according to myclimate CO2 calculator)
  • Service fee legal travel guarantee (0.25% on offer price)
  • Arrival
  • Transportation (taxi/bus/cable) car approx. CHF 65 (SBB halffare basis)
  • Snacks and drinks

Additional services:

  • Single room supplement CHF 175
  • It is possible to book a luggage transfer from the start to the end point or day by day, price on request
Technical equipment
  • Backpack approx. 30 l with rain cover (the backpack should not weigh more than 8 to max. 10 kg when packed)
  • Telescopic poles (optional)
  • 1x hardshell jacket (wind- and waterproof)
  • 1x soft shell and/or fleece jacket
  • 1x hiking pants
  • Light waterproof rain pants (e.g. Gore-Tex)
  • T-shirt or shirt
  • Underwear
  • Cap/headband and hat
  • Gloves (wind and water resistant)
  • Functional socks and spare socks
  • Hiking/mountain boots (at least ankle-high, sturdy sole)
  • Clothing and shoes for the evening (accommodation & village life)
  • Personal toiletries, earplugs if necessary
  • Breakfast and dinner at the hotel
  • Tea and lunch must be brought by yourself or can be bought in the hotel/village
  • Snacks (e.g. bars, dried fruits, dried meat)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun and lip cream (SPF 30 or more)
  • Camera and binoculars (optional)
  • Half fare Travelcard (if available)
  • Water bottle
  • Small pharmacy for personal needs
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