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Ohman 91
Ohman 91
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Sep 21, 2020 - 9:20 AM

Hello,

Two years ago I went to Zermatt in December and hiked with the wonderful view of Zermatt and I absolutely loved it.

Due to Covid, I decided not to travel during this summer for the respect of the citizens in Switzerland. So if it's possible, I would then like to go during the Winter instead (depending on how the situation looks with Covid of course).

Is there anyone who can recommend a valley with some nice higher winter walks at maybe around 1500-2200 meters (more is also ok) that could be possible in December? :)

The Philosophers Trail is looking nice for example, but I am eager to hear your best place(s) :)

Thank you in advance!

Last modified on Sep 21, 2020 - 9:21 AM by Ohman 91
Anna
Anna
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Sep 21, 2020 - 12:14 PM in reply to Ohman 91

Hi Ohman 91,

Winter hiking is certainly possible in most of the valleys and mountains in Switzerland. Just bear in mind that in winter most trails are covered with snow and you will need to wear proper gears. I would also recommend hiring a guide.

I think the Jungfrau region would be ideal if you're looking for easy to moderate trails. You can find more details here: www.myswissalps.com/jungfrauregion I would also highly recommend Graubunden (www.myswissalps.com/graubunden)

Practical information and tips about hiking in the Swiss Alps are available here: www.myswissalps.com/hiking

Hope this would help with your planning!

Regards,

Anna

Mark
Mark
572 posts
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Sep 22, 2020 - 11:52 AM in reply to Ohman 91

Hi Ohman

there is a nice section on winter hiking and snowshoeing in the Jungfrau area on Jungfrau.ch. Look under experiences and activities then you will see a heading for winter hiking. I believe winter trails are maintained from December 1 through March 31 in the area.

Mark

1960man
1960man
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Sep 22, 2020 - 10:04 PM in reply to Ohman 91

Look around the main winter tourist areas' web sites and then do a search or look for 'Winterwanderweg'. These are the official winter versions of the famous Swiss yellow sign walking path network (the signs and routes are designated in a lilac colour).

Ohman 91
Ohman 91
44 posts
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Sep 23, 2020 - 2:47 AM

Thank you very much all of you for your replies :) I will have a look around.

Jungfrau area is very nice, I was there in the summer of 2019. Magical! Haven't been to Mürren though, so I will check that up.

Graubünden also looks nice! :)

Thanks again for your help and a fantastic forum :)

Pauly
Pauly
13 posts
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Sep 23, 2020 - 6:27 AM

Hello Ohman 91,

You mentioned hiking in Graubünden - that is a great idea. A marvellous trail in the Lower Engadin is the Via Engiadina, that can also be done in winter - check this out: scuol-zernez.engadin.com/en/offer/engiadina-winter-hiking-lower-engadin!

Best regards from Holland!

Ildiko
Ildiko
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Sep 23, 2020 - 7:14 AM in reply to Ohman 91

Hi Ohman 91,

after all these great tips I would only add some previous threads for you. You might find these also useful:

www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/winter-hiking-jungfrau-region

www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/winter-hiking-trails-in-grindelwald

www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/winter-hikes-at-jungfrau-zermatt

Take care,

Ildiko

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