Updated on April 20th, 2023
Switzerland is synonymous with so many cool things: Swiss cheese, fondue, the Swatch, muesli, the iconic Swiss Army knife and of course, the Alps. The country’s biggest bragging rights belong to the staggering 48 peaks that measure 4,000m (13,123ft)!
The Bernese Alps poke into the indigo skyline with the daunting summits of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The Eiger is notorious for its dangerous and perilous north face challenge while the aerial tramway of Jungfrau is celebrated for its uninterrupted view from “the top of Europe.”
The mighty jagged-tooth Matterhorn straddles the border of Switzerland and Italy making the region a magnet for hikers who love the punishing ascents and meadows blurred with the colour of alpine wildflowers.
On the Switzerland Hiking Adventure you’ll join a charged-up group of Wild Women eager to tear up some terrain in the face of granite mammoths. You’ll be rewarded with some serious panoramas from the Schynige Platte and Gemmi Plateau. The famed “Sprutz” waterfall, Monte Rossa massif, vineyards of Valais and car-free charms of Zermatt will make you wonder why you’ve waited so long to experience Switzerland.
Expect impromptu picnic lunches, fondue, lessons in goat-milking and cheesemaking from a local goat shepherd and deep insights into the impact of climate change on the glaciers. There will be several mesmerizing gondola rides that will offer an unforgettable view of the alpine folds below.
You’ll be hiking in the spirited shadows of Lucy Walker, the first woman to climb the Matterhorn back in 1871. The steely British climber was 35 when she started her ascent–wearing a long flannel skirt with trousers underneath to keep with the morals of the era. Imagine! What’s stopping you?