Hiking in the Swiss Alps

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Trails in Switzerland are clearly marked. Here’s a typical yellow sign near Gsteig in the Bernese Oberland.

Trails in Switzerland are clearly marked. Here’s a typical yellow sign near Gsteig in the Bernese Oberland.

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PREPARATION FOR HIKING

Learn how to prepare for a hiking trip. Maps, gear, transportation and more.

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DO'S AND DON'TS ALONG THE WAY

The hiking etiquette: about safety in the mountains and care for nature.

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Bettmerhorn - Märjelensee - Fiescheralp

Bettmerhorn - Märjelensee - Fiescheralp

Extraordinary trail along the Aletsch Glacier with many beautiful views of the Bernese and Valaisian Alps.

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  • Hiking time: 2h45
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 2180 - 2647 m
  • Distance: 9.3 km
  • Terrain: rocky, meadow, high Alpine terrain
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)
Engstligenalp - Unter dem Birg

Engstligenalp - Unter dem Birg

Impressive short hike from Engstligenalp via the falls back down into the valley.

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First - Bachsee - First

First - Bachsee - First

Popular trail to a beautiful mountain lake.

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  • Hiking time: 2h30
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 2149 - 2300 m
  • Distance: 5.8 km
  • Terrain: meadow, high Alpine terrain
  • Region: Jungfrau region (Bernese Oberland)
First - Schynige Platte

First - Schynige Platte

Long demanding one or two day hike with plenty of views of the Jungfrau region.

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  • Hiking time: 6h00
  • Difficulty: difficult
  • Elevation: 1924 - 2613 m
  • Distance: 15.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, high Alpine terrain
  • Region: Jungfrau region (Bernese Oberland)
Grütschalp - Mürren

Grütschalp - Mürren

Easy, popular, beautiful trail on the western plateau above the Lauterbrunnen valley.

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Hohtenn - Lalden

Hohtenn - Lalden

Impressive trail along the southern ramp of the Lötschberg railway. Many views across the Rhône valley.

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  • Hiking time: 5h40
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 801 - 1126 m
  • Distance: 16.7 km
  • Terrain: meadow, rocky, along railway, forest
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)
Lang glacier

Lang glacier

Informative one or two day hike in the beautiful Lötschen valley.

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  • Hiking time: 3h30
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1770 - 2140 m
  • Distance: 8.9 km
  • Terrain: meadow, rocky
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)
Lauchernalp - Fafleralp

Lauchernalp - Fafleralp

Panoramic views across the Lötschen valley.

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  • Hiking time: 2h30
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1772 - 2085 m
  • Distance: 8.8 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Upper Rhone valley (Valais)
Männlichen - Kleine Scheidegg

Männlichen - Kleine Scheidegg

Popular panoramic route across the high Alpine meadows to Kleine Scheidegg.

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Muottas Muragl - Alp Languard

Muottas Muragl - Alp Languard

Popular trail with plenty of good views across the Upper Engadine valley.

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  • Hiking time: 2h00
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 2228 - 2459 m
  • Distance: 6.4 km
  • Terrain: meadow, rocky, forest
  • Region: Upper Engadine (Graubünden)
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