Via Alpina - the Heart

Part II: Altdorf - Kandersteg | 7 days (Hike)

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The Via Alpina is the most famous long-distance hiking trail in Switzerland. From east to west, the number 1 hiking route connects the most beautiful hiking highlights across the country. 400 km from the starting line in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, to Lake Geneva in Montreux, 15 stages and 14 Alpine passes! The trail connects world-famous vacation resorts with remote, unspoilt mountain valleys, offers breathtaking views of the impressive and ever-changing mountain world, and day after day tells exciting stories about people and life, about the past and present of here and there, to the left and right of the wayside. The Via Alpina, that is experiencing Switzerland, up close!

The heart of the Via Alpina connects Altdorf with Kandersteg. In seven days you hike from the monument of the Swiss national legend William Tell to the monastery village Engelberg, past the place of energy Engstlenalp and with a magnificent view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau to Meiringen. From the Reichenbach Falls to the imposing Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge, the route continues over Grosse Scheidegg to Grindelwald and, under the spell of the Eiger North Face, into the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The highlight awaits at the end and leads over the lonely Sefinefurgge and Hohtürli to the Belle Epoque resort of Kandersteg.


Continuous trail, surefootedness and first experience of mountain hikes required, terrain: mostly moderately steep with short steeper passages (T2), alpine technique: no experience necessary.


Walking time from 5-7 hrs. up to approx. 1200 altitude meters, approx. 300 vertical meters/hour.


3-12 guests per hiking guide

Meeting place

9.00 a.m. Altdorf train station (train arrival 8.52 a.m. Altdorf train station)


approx. 15.30 p.m. Kandersteg train station


The offer takes into account the current Covid-19 regulations of the FOPH. If the offer cannot be carried out, the customer credits will be refunded.

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Via Alpina - Das Herz (Hike)

7 days
1 possible date
from 1999.- CHF
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18.07. - 24.07.2022
7 days
not bookable
1999.- CHF

Day 1 After the meeting point in Altdorf and a short transfer to Attinghausen, you will comfortably float over the first altitude level in the cabin of the cable car to the Brüsti mountain station. Over a ridge with a great view you hike to the historic Surenenpass. The rock bastions on the Brunnistock and the valley basin of the Blackenalp are impressive. A varied valley path leads to the monastery village Engelberg. (Walking time: 5.30 h, distance: 14 km, ascent/descent: 1175/750 meters).

Day 2 With the gondola, the first 800 meters in altitude are mastered in no time over the two steep steps to the spectacularly situated Trübsee at the foot of the Titlis. From here the trail leads up to the Jochpass 2207 m, which marks the border between Central Switzerland and the Bernese Oberland. You can already see the destination of today's stage, Engstlenalp. An idyllic place of energy with lake, nostalgic hotel and thousands of alpine roses. (Walking time: 3 h, distance: 7 km, ascent/descent: 500/450 meters).

Day 3 The trail leads through colorful alpine flora to Tannalp with cheese dairy, inn and lake. The ridge hike over the Balmeregghorn impresses with magnificent views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. From Planplatten over gentle alpine pastures to Bidmi and with the gondola down to Hasliberg and Meiringen. (Walking time: 5 h, distance: 16.5 km, ascent/descent: 700/1100 meters).

Day 4 You overcome the first steep step with the 120-year-old rack railroad up to the thunderous 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: 4.50 h, distance: 12 km, ascent/descent: 1175/75 meters).

Day 5 The ascent over undulating meadows to Kleine Scheidegg is gentle, the rock and ice scenery of the Eiger north face is close and mighty. Now follows a sunny high trail to Wengen with views of the royal Jungfrau, then you descend into the Lauterbrunnen Valley with its vertical walls and spectacular waterfalls, at your choice on foot or leisurely by train. (Walking time: 6.30 h, distance: 19 km, ascent/descent: 1175/1400 meters).

Day 6 The sunny terrace of Mürren lies directly opposite the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Over alpine pastures, panoramic terraces such as the Bryndli and rustic huts such as the Rotstockhütte, the route continues to the Sefinenfurgge, the impressive crossing into the Kiental. (Walking time: 6.30 h, distance: 16 km, ascent/descent: 1125/1350 meters).

Day 7 King stage over the 2778 m high Hohtürli! The detour to the Blümlisalphütte and the eternal glacier ice is rewarding. Over moraines it goes downhill to the deep blue, spectacular Oeschinensee, one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the Alps, surrounded by steep rock faces. The train takes you comfortably to the Belle Epoque resort of Kandersteg. Farewell and journey home. (Walking time: 6.45 h, distance: 13.5 km, ascent/descent: 1475/1200 meters)

  • Guiding and support by hiking guide
  • Overnight stay with half board: 6x hotel (basis double room)
  • Welcome aperitif on day 1
  • Offsetting of CO2 emissions on the tour (CHF 19.- per person, according to event calculator from myclimate)
  • Discount for Via Alpina rebookers (CHF 100.-)
  • 15% discount on a purchase at www.mammut.com
  • Via Alpina stamp pass
  • Arrival
  • Transportation (mountain railroads approx. CHF 120.-)
  • Snacks and drinks

Additional services:

  • Single room supplement CHF 170.-
  • Daily luggage transport from hotel to hotel CHF 300.-
Technical equipment
  • Backpack approx. 30 l possibly with rain cover
  • 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)
Overnight cottage
  • Clothing and shoes for the evening (accommodation & village life)
  • Personal toiletries, earplugs if necessary
  • Protective mask
  • Disinfectant
  • Towel
  • 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)
  • Thermos bottle made of unbreakable material
  • Small pharmacy for personal needs
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