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Guidebook to the Alpine Pass Route following the Swiss Via Alpina 1, a 360km trek east-west across Switzerland, from Sargans, on the border of Liechtenstein, to Montreux, including prologue from Liechtenstein. A demanding 3-week trek described in 18 stages, crossing 16 passes including the 2778m Hohtürli. Requires good fitness and experience.
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This guidebook presents the stunning Alpine Pass Route, now fully waymarked as Via Alpina 1. The 360km trail traverses Switzerland from east to west, from Sargans near the Liechtenstein border to Montreux on Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). Crossing sixteen Alpine passes, it showcases some of the country's most breathtaking mountain landscapes, boasting views of iconic peaks such as the Wetterhorn, Eiger, Jungfrau and Les Diablerets. The route is suitable for those with some experience of Alpine trekking: it amasses over 20,000m of ascent and involves some steep sections. It can be completed in 2–3 weeks, although it is also possible to walk shorter sections, or postbus, cable-car and rail connections could be used to allow for a tighter schedule.
With a wealth of practical advice and information on local points of interest, the guide has all you need to plan a successful trip. The Via Alpina 1 is presented in 18 stages, each featuring step-by-step route description accompanied by 1:100,000 mapping, route profiles and notes on transport, accommodation and facilities. In addition, a 26km prologue in Liechtenstein and an alternative finish following the old course of the Alpine Pass Route via Gsteig are also described. Accommodation options range from mountain huts to hotels and inns, with camping available at a number of licensed sites along the route.
Much of the scenery of the Alpine Pass Route is quintessentially Swiss: rocky peaks towering above flower-strewn meadows, traditional wooden chalets nestled in sweeping green valleys. Each pass has its own character – from the spectacular Hohtürli to bustling Kleine Scheidegg – opening onto new vistas and horizons. This is a journey to savour and one which will linger long in the heart and memory.
The following information has been received regarding accommodation and route changes to the Swiss Alpine Pass Route:
Stage 12: The route described in paragraph 2 on p145, as descending ‘a well-made stairway with fixed cables’ has changed. The way now descends a stony farm lane slanting down a cliff, at the foot of which you reach the alp of Unter Bärgli.
Stage 14: Restaurant Geilsbrüggli in Geils (p158) no longer provides accommodation.
Stage 16: With accommodation in L’Etivaz (p174) being limited to Hotel du Chamois, should this be full (or closed), please note that buses run to Château d’Oex (last bus 19:04 in summer 2017) where one-star Buffet de la Gare has been recommended by a reader.
Stage 17: We have been informed that the route from L’Etivaz to Rochers de Naye has been altered. Instead of going directly to Sonlomont, it now goes from L’Etivaz to Rossiniere, then to Sonlomont to join the original route as described in the guidebook– see map on 176.
GPX files for this title will not be available to download from the Cicerone website. Instead, files can be downloaded from the official Via Alpina website (http://www.via-alpina.org/en/page/246/the-green-trail). Select the stage you require from the drop-down menu above the map on this page and click 'OK'. GPX files can be accessed under 'Download track' at the top of the menu on the left.
|The Swiss Alpine Pass Route|
|When to go|
|Getting there – and back again|
|Notes for walkers|
|Paths and waymarks|
|Safety in the mountains|
|Information at a glance|
|Using this guide|
|The Swiss Alpine Pass Route – Via Alpina Route 1|
|Prologue – The Liechtenstein start|
|Prologue A European Via Alpina Steg – Gaflei|
|Prologue B Via Alpina Gaflei – Sargans|
|The main route|
|Stage 1 Sargans – Mels – Weisstannen|
|Stage 2 Weisstannen – Foopass – Elm|
|Stage 3 Elm – Richetlipass – Linthal|
|Stage 4 Linthal – Braunwald – Urnerboden|
|Stage 5 Urnerboden – Klausenpass – Altdorf|
|Stage 6 Altdorf – Surenenpass – Engelberg|
|Stage 7 Engelberg – Jochpass – Engstlenalp|
|Stage 8 Engstlenalp – Planplatten – Meiringen|
|Stage 9 Meiringen – Grosse Scheidegg – Grindelwald|
|Stage 10 Grindelwald – Kleine Scheidegg – Lauterbrunnen|
|Stage 11 Lauterbrunnen – Mürren – Sefinenfurke – Griesalp|
|Stage 12 Griesalp – Hohtürli – Kandersteg|
|Stage 13 Kandersteg – Bunderchrinde – Adelboden|
|Stage 14 Adelboden – Hahnenmoospass – Lenk|
|Stage 15 Lenk – Trüttlisbergpass – Gstaad|
|Stage 16 Gstaad – Col de Jable – L’Etivaz|
|Stage 17 L’Etivaz – Col de Chaude – Rochers de Naye|
|Stage 18 Rochers de Naye – Sonchaux – Montreux|
|Stage 15A Lenk – Lauenen – Gsteig|
|Stage 16A Gsteig – Blattipass – Col des Andérets – Col des Mosses|
|Stage 17A Col des Mosses – Col de Chaude – Montreux|
|Appendix A Useful addresses|
|Appendix B Bibliography|
|Appendix C German–French–English glossary|