Overnight hiking ideas Switzerland for family of 4

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Aug 2, 2017 - 1:41 AM

Can anyone recommend some moderate hiking routes for a family with a 12yr and a 9 yr old, where you can hike in the mountains sleep overnight and continue the hike the next day ? thanks

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Aug 2, 2017 - 6:26 AM in reply to kjbaron

Hi kjbaron,

Where in Switzerland will you be and when?

I haven't done any overnight hikes myself (other members have and can give you personal suggestions) but have a look at the Swiss Alpen Club's website. They list the available alpine huts around Switzerland you can hike to and book for an overnight stay.


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Aug 2, 2017 - 5:54 PM

We were going to do a route that follows the Via Alpina stages 8, 9 and 10. We were going to use the available cable cars, ski lifts and post busses, but obviously you can change things to fit what you want to do. We weren't able to do it because of weather.

<a href="www.wanderland.ch/en/r outes/route-01.html">www.wanderland.ch/en/r outes/route-01.html</a&gt;

DAY 1. Trek to Hotel Engstelnalp. Use SBB express luggage to send luggage ahead. Train Luzern to Engelberg. If weather good, go to top of Titlus. Back down stop at Trubsee. Walk Trubsee lake to Jochpass lift – take up and down. Walk to Hotel Engstlenalp.

DAY 2. Engstlenalp – Meiringen – Grindelwald

  • Postbus 163 Engstelnalp (9:42) to Aareschlucht, Ost stop (10:22).

  • Walk down the Aare Gorge (buy combi-ticket for gorge and falls - $15).

  • Walk to Reichenbach Funicular

  • Reichenbach Funicular and walk up to Zwirgi Bus Station.

  • Take Postbus 164 from Zwirgi to Hotel Rosenlaui lunch.

  • Walk Hotel Rosenlaui to Schwarzwaldalp

  • Take Postbus from Schwarzwaldalp to Grindelwald

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Aug 2, 2017 - 6:18 PM in reply to kjbaron

Hi kjbaron-

Many ordinary trails have hotels at the end of them, or along the way. Or, a town or village may be close to a mountain trail. So, you do not have to do hut -to -hut hiking or take the special trails, such as the Via Alpina, although parts of some may work well.

Just as an example, you can walk from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg ( 2 or 3 hours) and sleep there. Or, continue on to Wengen- several more hours - and sleep there. Nice trails, good accommodation. Or, continue to Alpiglen and stay at the mountain guest house there.


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