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Via Alpina - the Final

Part III: Frutigen - Montreux | 5 days (Hike & E-Bike)

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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 Final of the Via Alpina leads from Frutigen/Adelboden to Montreux. Unspoiled landscapes line the way. Surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, you will hike and e-bike in five days from the vacation resort of Adelboden past the picturesque mountain village of Lenk and on to fashionable Gstaad. Crossing the language border, you reach the cheese village of L'Etivaz and conquer the Rochers de Naye high above Lake Geneva in the final stage, before reaching Montreux and crossing the finish line of the Via Alpina. Congratulations!

Technique
Hike: easy-medium | E-bike: easy

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

Trails without special difficulties, flowing forest and meadow paths, grippy natural ground or consolidated gravel/tear, slope: not very steep (S0), riding technique: no special e-bike experience required.

Condition
Hike: medium | E-bike: easy-medium

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

E-Cycling time from 2 to 5 hours, 30-50 km, up to approx.1500 vertical meters

Group

5-10 guests per hiking guide

Meeting place

9.00 Frutigen train station (train arrival 8.55 a.m. Frutigen train station)

Departure

approx. 13. p.m. Montreux train station

Accommodation

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

Note

This trip is organized in cooperation with our partner "CH Media". Subscribers of a daily newspaper of CH Media receive a discount of CHF 100. After booking, please let us know your subscription number and you will receive the CHF 100 credit back.

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 Finale (CH Media - abopass)

5 days
1 possible date
from 1669.- CHF
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  • 06.07. - 10.07.2022
5 days
1669.- CHF

Day 1 A light pedal and off the e-bike goes. The trail follows the Alpine Bike Route No. 1 on the south side of the Entschligetal to Adelboden to Vogellisi. The view of the Bunderspitz and Gross Loner is impressive. The path continues gently through fairytale forests and impressive moor 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 pleasurable descent over alpine paths to Lenk in the Hinteren Simmental almost flies by. The picturesque mountain village is surrounded by the perfect backdrop of the Wildstubel massif and spectacular waterfalls. (E-bike time: 4-5 h, distance: 33 km, ascent/descent: 1500/1220 meters).

Day 2 After a hearty breakfast and with a new battery charge, today starts either a bit more leisurely towards St. Stephan and on alpine roads through a magnificent moor landscape over the Rüwlispass into the Turbachtal or a bit more committed with an approx. 20 min. pushing passage following the Wallbach over the Trütlisbergpass into the Louwenental. Either way, the horizon is wide and boundless and all roads lead to the destination of the stage is the sophisticated Gstaad with an unmistakable touch of glamour and luxury. (E-bike time: approx. 4 h, distance: approx. 25 km, ascent/descent: 1000/1000 meters).

Day 3 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: 7 h, distance: 17 km, ascent/descent: 1270/1180 meters).

Day 4 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 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 conclusion 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. Enjoy the evening on the shores of Lake Geneva. (Walking time: 6 h, distance: 15 km, ascent/descent: 1200/500 meters).

Day 5 After a leisurely breakfast, it is only a few steps along the shore promenade to the finish line of the Via Alpina, which you ceremoniously cross. A souvenir picture is a must, and a glance at the signpost confirms that it really is 400 km across Switzerland, back to Vaduz to the starting point of the number 1 hiking route. Then discover the Château de Chillon before the tour comes to an end and you start your journey back home. (Walking time: 1.5 h, distance: 3.5 km, ascent/descent: 100/100 meters).

Included
  • Guiding and supervision by hiking guide
  • Overnight stay with breakfast: 4x hotel (basis double room)
  • 1x half board (dinner Montreux)
  • Welcome aperitif on day 1
  • Offsetting of CO2 emissions on the tour (CHF 16.- per person, according to event calculator from myclimate)
  • 15% discount on a purchase at www.mammut.com
  • Via Alpina stamp pass
Exclusive
  • Arrival
  • Transportation (taxi/mountain railroad approx. CHF 50.-)
  • 3x dinner
  • Snacks and drinks

Additional services:

  • Single room supplement CHF 155.-
  • 3x half board (dinner) CHF 120.-
  • Daily luggage transfer from hotel to hotel CHF 190.-
Rental equipment

The rental equipment will be handed over at the meeting point:

  • E-Bike
  • Bike helmet
Technical equipment
  • Backpack approx. 30 l possibly with rain cover
  • Telescopic poles (optional)
Clothing
  • 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
Food
  • 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)
Various
  • 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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