3 day Switzerland hut to hut hike - best routes?

3 day Switzerland hut to hut hike - best routes?

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spikymaster
spikymaster
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Sep 17, 2017 - 8:59 PM

hello,

i am in the midst of a quarter life crisis and have finally had the guts to plan a 3-4day hut to hut hiking/trekking trip in switzerland in first week of October.

for the past 3 weeks, i have literally been googling and looking up all the possible 3day hut to hut hikes in switzerland and it has always led to this website. I know that this is an impossible question to ask but i would like to ask anyway...

what is the best, most scenic and beautiful 3 day hut to hut trekking route in switzerland? I know taht this is very open ended, but i dont mind if this is in the jungfrau region, zermatt, or anywhere else... im just trying to maximize the 3 days that i am there.

Here are some information about me:

- can cover 15-20miles to hiking per day, so intensive hikes are okay

- priority is scenery, and accomodation price is irrelevant. although i don'tthink huts are too expensive

i would really really appreciate anyone's help.

Best,

Jae

Lucas
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Sep 17, 2017 - 10:43 PM in reply to spikymaster

Hi Jae,

Sorry to say I have no personal experience with hut hiking here. I would recommend focusing on the Bernese Oberland region for the scenery and be prepared for cold and snow. It is winter now at higher altitudes.

For hiking options try our webpage here, and this website for hiking in Switzerland: http://www.schweizmobi l.ch/de/wanderland.htm l as well as the Swiss Alpen Club here.

Also be sure to use our search bar at the top right as you will find other posts about hut hiking as well.

I'm sure other members may have more specific ideas!

Lucas

Last modified on Sep 17, 2017 - 10:46 PM by Lucas
spikymaster
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Sep 18, 2017 - 1:27 AM

THanks Lucas! if other members have any other opinions PLEASE CHIME IN!!

Lucas - for Bernese region, i am thinking now about states 11-14 for "Via Alpa", and finding the appropriate huts. Would you recommend this?

also, i understand it will be winter, but does that mean it won't be beautiful?

Best,

Jae

spikymaster
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Sep 18, 2017 - 1:28 AM

i saw www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/sept-3-day-3-night-hut-to-hut-hike-bernese-ober and thought id just do the same thing beacuse at this point im just tired of searching and researching...

Arno
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Sep 18, 2017 - 7:12 AM

Hi Jae,

A wonderful way to beat that quarterlife crisis! Here's a few things to take into account:

  • The best season for hut to hut hikes is July to September. October is risky because there might be snow on higher terrain, as Lucas said. Snow on such routes is simply dangerous unless you are equipped for it, experienced, and know your way around. It makes the trails slippery or even inaccessible, and it will be hard to find your way. So in any case be sure to have an alternative route, either by public transport or on foot, if a leg is snow covered.
  • 20 miles/32 km per day is extreme for hut to hut hikes. There will be a lot of vertical meters to cover too. Think 3 dimensional! Normally just half of that distance takes a full day. And you need to be sure to reach your lodging well before sunset.
  • I think you mean the Via Alpina, right? The stages of the green route you have in mind are for sure beautiful. But to be avoided with snow. They are hard enough in good weather; do not take risks! You'll find further details here: www.via-alpina.org/en/page/246 /the-green-trail. For huts, check the website Lucas gave you, so you'll be sure they're still open.
  • If the weather does not allow the route you've planned, then take a look at www.jakobsweg.ch. That route has many sections in the valley, so less of a challenge weather wise. It might not be what you're looking for, but it will be very nice as well. And you'll hopefully be able to come back in summer to explore higher terrain.
Last modified on Sep 18, 2017 - 7:13 AM by Arno
spikymaster
spikymaster
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Sep 18, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Arno, thanks so much for the reply.

Ihave tentatively decided to do the following:

www.via-alpina.org/en/stage/11 6

www.via-alpina.org/en/stage/11 7

www.via-alpina.org/en/stage/11 8

www.via-alpina.org/en/stage/11 9

I will technically be going in October, and I've read plenty about how winter will affect my hut to hut hikes, but I will be going the first week of October from 10/3 through 10/6 for 4 days of hiking. Is the first week of October still risky for bad weather? I would think mid-late October is when the cold weather really picks up... Any input would be appreciated!

Best,

Jae

Arno
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Sep 18, 2017 - 1:18 PM in reply to spikymaster

Hi Jae,

There's a risk for sure, you do need alternatives so you can change your plans last minute. Check for trail conditions with the hut/hotel staff, or the train station/tourist office staff. The highest sections of those routes are already snow covered as we speak. Now this could melt, but you can't be sure. Even in summer trails at that altitude can get snow for a few hours or days if the weather turns bad. The risk of that increases as fall progresses, but that's just an average. These routes are absolutely wonderful but not to be underestimated.

Last modified on Sep 18, 2017 - 1:20 PM by Arno
spikymaster
spikymaster
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Sep 18, 2017 - 5:09 PM

Arno, thanks again.

In case the weather really is bad an it's snowing and raining during the time i'm there, I am considering taking the Blue Trail, which is further south, which I imagine would have better relative weather.

That said, what is the Grindelwald, Lauterbrennan of the blue trail? in other words, which hikes are the most beautiful?

Best,

Jae

Arno
Arno
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Sep 19, 2017 - 6:28 AM

Hi Jae,

Altitude is much more of a factor than latitude. Indeed the southern regions are warmer on average, but an average does not guarantee anything. I would say that terrain above 1500 m can be snow covered in October anywhere in the Swiss Alps, so in the mountains that means you can't go without someone experienced and the proper gear. If it's relatively warm there may not even be snow at 2500 m, but things can change overnight.

Note that even the Klausen pass road, which is below 2000 m, is lightly snow covered today. In 2 to 3 weeks from now chances will only increase. I've walked in a thick layer of snow at 2600 m (unplanned) in July in the south-east of Switzerland, just to throw in another example :-)

My recommendation is to prepare for it but don't assume the route will be safely accessible. Pick lower alternative routes, and check with the locals about the trail status daily. All of Switzerland is beautiful, and it will be more relaxed if you don't have to worry about safety.

Last modified on Sep 19, 2017 - 6:31 AM by Arno

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