The Alpine Pass Route

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  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-16474
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Engelberg, Switzerland
  • Ends Saanen, Switzerland
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Take in some of the very best mountain scenery Switzerland has to offer, including little-used paths
  • Challenging walk with breathtaking panoramic vistas that will more than make up for it
  • Variety of passes to cross, from easy to challenging
  • Conveniently located accommodation full of Swiss charm and character
  • 3 Free days set aside for optional day walks, relaxing or sightseeing
  • Option to shorten some long days using lifts and cablecars
  • Spectacular alternative walking holiday to the Tour de Mont Blanc
  • Crossing the Grosse Scheidegg & the Hohturli, and impressive peaks of the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger
  • Start in Engelberg, finish in Saanen
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The "The Alpine Pass Route" tour starts in Engelberg and ends in Saanen. It is a walking trip that takes 14 days taking you through Griesalp, Grindelwald, Engelberg and 7 other destinations in Switzerland. "The Alpine Pass Route" is a self-guided private tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

One of Europe's most spectacular alpine walks showcasing Switzerland's most famous peaks. This two-week walking holiday easily ranks in quality with the popular Tour de Mont Blanc, following the most impressive section of one of Switzerland’s most classic alpine routes.
Crossing through alpine regions such as the incomparable Bernese Oberland, the walk will take you over many passes, some a leisurely stroll, others a tougher proposition, but all offering their own spectacular visual rewards. Lush valleys with thickly wooded hillsides, unspoilt farming villages, deep-blue lakes and flower-decked chalets are among the classic Swiss scenes that you will come across.
Although there are some long days, lifts and cablecars can be used to shorten some of the walks. Overnight locations can all be reached by public transport in case of bad weather and, on three separate occasions, you have ‘free’ days to pursue optional walks or take in other attractions such as the famed Jungfraujoch.
This truly is Switzerland at its very best.
  • Day 1 : Arrive Engelberg
  • Day 2 : Engelberg to Engstlenalp 11.1 km /7 miles, 4.5 h
  • Day 3 : Engstlenalp to Meiringen 18 km/11.1 miles, 4.5 h
  • Day 4 : Meiringen to Grindelwald 21 km/13 miles, 7.5 h
  • Day 5 : Free day in Grindelwald
  • Day 6 : Grindelwald to Lauterbrunnen 22.6 km/14 miles, 6.3 h
  • Day 7 : Free day in Lauterbrunnen
  • Day 8 : Lauterbrunnen to Griesalp/Golderli 21 km/ 13 miles, 9.5 h, can be shortened
  • Day 9 : Griesalp-Golderli to Kandersteg 16.6 km/10.3 miles, 7.5 h
  • Day 10 : Free day in Kandersteg
  • Day 11 : Kandersteg to Adelboden 16.8 km/10.4 miles, 6.5 h
  • Day 12 : Adelboden to Lenk 14 km/8.7 miles, 5 h
  • Day 13 : Lenk to Saanen 14 km/8.7 miles, 5 h
  • Day 14 : Arrangements end after breakfast
  • 11 nights accommodation in 2* & 3* hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities & 2 nights in mountain huts (dormitory style if the private rooms are already full when you book)
  • 13 breakfasts, 8 dinners
  • Luggage transfer (1 bag per person not weighing anymore than 20kg).
  • Information pack including route notes & maps (1 pack per room booked)
  • Via Alpina hiking passbook
  • Emergency hotline
  • GPX files
  • 5 dinners, all lunches & beverages
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
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  • On Sep 17 2019
5 - Excellent
Sherpa were easy to deal with from my initial inquiry through to departure. Very friendly and professional. All accommodation was of an excellent standard. All local staff were friendly and helpful. Although maps not needed they... Read more
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Alpine Pass Route tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 10 December 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 10 December 2023, a deposit of 183 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

The Alpine Pass Route tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this The Alpine Pass Route tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days are enough for Europe?

    You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent. 

    Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.

  • What is the best month to travel to Switzerland?

    April and May as well as September and October are the best months to visit Switzerland. These months are just outside the peak seasons, but the weather is still pleasant and mild.

  • What is the best way to tour Switzerland?

    The best way to tour Switzerland is by train. The country has a vastly connected railway system that is fast and reliable and reasonably priced. Most train routes are spectacularly scenic and can be sightseeing tours in their own right.

  • How many do I need in Switzerland?

    We recommend spending 7 days in Switzerland. The country is fairly small and you can still see and do a lot if you only have a few days. If you want to do lengthier hikes you will want to spend upwards of 10 days in Switzerland. Check out our guide on how many days to spend in Switzerland for more information.

  • What are the best places to visit in Switzerland?

    Switzerland has several prime locations to visit. Nature lovers must see the Matterhorn and Jungfraujoch, while the cities of Zurich and Geneva are a must for culture vultures. The town of Lucerne on the shore of Lake Lucerne is a storybook destination and a Swiss classic. There are also several magnificent lakes and quaint towns and villages that you can explore. 

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