Jun 30, 2012 - 10:13 PM
I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. Just a little about me: I just created an account, I'm from Toronto, ON, Canada and I'm in university studying math. I will spending about seven days in Switzerland at the end of August, during which I hope that I get to do some serious hiking. I hope that I can get an introduction this summer, albeit a brief one, and then do a much longer trip next summer. I also hope that I could learn enough over time to run maybe some cheap group hiking trips from Toronto when I graduate for a couple years before I head to graduate school.
Anyways! I was just wondering if you could give me some advice on how to plan my trip. I'm quite nervous because hostels and hotels are filling up for weekends in late August already. I looked at the Swiss website listing all the routes. They all look so beautiful, so I picked ViaAlpina for no particular reason. I obviously can't cover much of it, but I'm hoping to use a Swiss pass - which I already got! - to take the train or bus through the more "monotonous" areas and hike through the more interesting landscapes.
The website makes everything sound so absolutely stunning that I have a hard time figuring where to start. The routes around Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen and Engelberg sound particularly stunning. I was wondering if you could help me with my selection of routes to hike. As well, I'm hoping to spend as little as possible on accommodations to be able spend lots on cultural experiences, food, etc, so how could I plan my trip to meet such an objective? Which sections on the webpage underneath are not to be missed? I'm also wondering what are some of the little treasures, e.g. Blausee, along the way and in the vicinity of the towns that I should look into. I like to avoid crowds of tourists.
Any advice is deeply appreciated! I figured the website tends to market everything quite equally so that veteran hikers' perspective would be more helpful in making a decision.