Saturday, August 18, 2018 - Sunday, September 2, 2018
Backpacker magazine selected Switzerland's Via Alpina as The World's Best Hike for 370 km of scenery, cheese, and chocolate. "Your Your first view of the Eiger massif will spoil you for the rest of your hiking days. The Via Alpina could offer nothing else and still be world-class. The chocolate, historic villages, on-time trains, and luxe hut system are pure gravy." The trek starts in Sargans located at the easternmost tip of Switzerland and ends in Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva. The Via Alpina crosses fourteen of the most beautiful Alpine passes. Hikers experience a fascinating variety of culture, geology and topography on a journey across Swiss cantons. Typical day covers 10 miles with an altitude gain of 2,600 ft. while carrying 20 - 25lb pack. It generally takes 3 - 4 weeks to complete this trek. We plan to section hike the trail over two years, two weeks per year: in 2018 trek from Sargans to Interlaken, and in 2019 from Interlaken to the Montreux. Participants in Part I will have priority for participation in Part II.