The Swiss Alpine Pass Route - Via Alpina Route 1
Trekking East to West across Switzerland
By Kev Reynolds
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.
SeasonsFrom the start of July through to September. August can be wet, and an early trek may find snow on the higher passes, so suitable additional equipment would be essential.
CentresSargans, Elm, Linthal, Altdorf, Engelberg, Meiringen, Grindlewald, Lauterbrunnen, Kandersteg, Adelboden, Lenk, Gstaad, Col des Mosses, Montreux
DifficultyIt's pretty tough: the route amasses over 20,000m of ascent and nearly every day involves a pass crossing. Some higher passes and ridges present occasional exposure and technical difficulty.
Must SeeThe Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau near Grindlewald, valley-pass landscapes every day, the Lauterbrunnen valley, the Oeschinensee above Kandersteg
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A lifelong passion for the countryside in general, and mountains in particular, drives Kev's desire to share his sense of wonder and delight in the natural world through his writing, photography and lecturing.
Claiming to be The Man with the World's Best Job, he has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Cicerone since the 1970s, producing over 50 books, including guides to five major trekking regions of Nepal, and to numerous routes in the European Alps and Pyrenees, as well as walking guides for Kent, Sussex and the Cotswolds.
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