A comprehensive guidebook to every mountain area in the Swiss Alps. This handy resource includes information for walking, hiking, trekking, climbing and ski mountaineering. Access, accommodation and facilities in the valley bases and full information about Swiss mountain huts is included to help you make the most out of a trip there.



Information for the walker, trekker, climber and ski mountaineer to participate in their chosen activity in all seasons


Arolla, Engleberg, Grindelwald, Kandersteg, Klosters, Lauterbrunnen, Les Haudered, Leysin, Maggia, Meiringen, Mürren, Pontresina, Promontogno, Sass Fee, St Moritz, Sonogno, Vicosoprano, Wengen, Zermatt, Zernez


For outdoor enthusiasts of all standards. Climbing grades are quoted where applicable. Multi-day trekking routes are also outlined, suitable for the more experienced trekker
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Must See

The Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Weisshorn, Dom, Finsteraarhorn, Schreckhorn and Westterhorn, Eiger, Mönch, Jungrau - all the major Swiss peaks, passes, valleys and centres.
25 Jan 2012
23.4 x 15.6 x 2.7cm
  • Overview

    The Swiss Alps are home to the highest and most spectacular mountains in Western Europe. This stunning guidebook describes each mountain area throughout Switzerland – the peaks, passes, valleys and bases – to help you identify the best destinations to plan your trip.

    Questions such as ‘Where to walk, climb or ski?’, ‘What multi-day treks are available’ and ‘Where do they go?’, ‘Where are the mountain huts, what are their facilities, which peaks do they serve?’ And where are the most suitable valley bases?’ – all these and more are addressed in detail in this essential guidebook.

    The Swiss Alps does not give detailed route directions but information is given about all the guides and maps available for every region.

    The Swiss Alps by Kev Reynolds is the third book in Cicerone’s World Mountain Ranges series, which include The Pyrenees and Scotland.

    • descriptions of all the Swiss Alps, area-by-area from the Chablais Alps in the south west to the Silvretta in the north east
    • classic walks and climbs identified, alongside outlines of all the major hut-to-hut trekking routes
    • information on maps, guides and accommodation, pinpointing all the mountain huts in the area
  • Contents

    Overview Map


    About this Book
    The Mountain Ranges


    When to Go
    Getting There
    Getting Around
    Mountain Huts
    Maps and Guidebooks
    Health Considerations

    The Mountains

    Mountain Activities
    Safety Dos and Don’ts
    Mountain Rescue
    Plant and Animal Life
    Environmental Ethics
    Information at a Glance

    Chapter 1: Chablais Alps

    1:1 Val de Morgins
    1:2 Val d’Illiez
    1:3 Vallon de Susanfe
    1:4 Rhône Valley Approaches
    1:5 Vallée du Trient
    Access, Bases, Maps and Guides

    Chapter 2: Pennine Alps

    2:1 Val Ferret
    2:2 Val d’Entremont
    2:3 Val de Bagnes
    2:4 Val de Nendaz
    2:5 Val d’Hérémence
    2:6 Val d’Hérens
    2:7 Val de Moiry
    2:8 Val d’Anniviers
    2:9 Turtmanntal
    2:10 Mattertal
    2:11 Saastal
    2:12 Simplon Pass
    Access, Bases, Maps and Guides

    Chapter 3: Lepontine and Adula Alps

    3:1 Simplon Pass East
    3:2 Binntal
    3:3 Val Bedretto
    3:4 Valle Leventina
    3:5 Val Verzasca
    3:6 Valle Maggia and its Tributaries
    3:7 Valle di Blenio
    3:8 Vals Calanca and Mesolcina
    3:9 The Northern Valleys
    Access, Bases, Maps and Guides

    Chapter 4: Bernina, Bregaglia and Albula Alps

    4:1 Val Madris and the Averstal
    4:2 Engadine Valley: Left Bank
    4:3 Val Bregaglia
    4:4 The Bernina Alps
    4:5 The Swiss National Park
    Access, Bases, Maps and Guides

    Chapter 5: Bernese Alps

    5:1 Alpes Vaudoises
    5:2 Les Diablerets to the Rawil Pass
    5:3 The Wildstrubel Massif
    5:4 Kandersteg and the Gemmipass
    5:5 Blu?emlisalp and the Gasterntal
    5:6 The Kiental
    5:7 Lauterbrunnen Valley
    5:8 Grindelwald and the Lu?tschental
    5:9 Haslital and Grimsel Pass
    5:10 The Southern Valleys
    Access, Bases, Maps and Guides

    Chapter 6: Central Swiss Alps

    6:1 Uri Alps: Dammastock Group
    6:2 North of the Sustenpass: Titlis Group
    6:3 Glarner Alps
    Access, Bases, Maps and Guides

    Chapter 7: Silvretta and Rätikon Alps

    7:1 Silvretta Alps: Lower Engadine
    7:2 Silvretta Alps: Prättigau
    7:3 Rätikon Alps
    7:4 The Alpstein Massif
    Access, Bases, Maps and Guides

    APPENDIX A Glossary of Alpine Terms
    APPENDIX B Selective Bibliography
    APPENDIX C Index of Maps
    APPENDIX D The Swiss 4000m Peaks


  • Maps

    Swiss cartography is world class, with national survey maps published by the Federal Office of Topography (www.swisstopo.ch) covering the whole country with sheets of several different scales: 1:25,000, 1:50,000, 1:100,000 and 1:200,000.

    The 1:50,000 series, which is perfectly adequate for the majority of walkers, mountaineers and ski tourers, includes a set of maps with major walking routes marked. These Wanderkarten are distinguished by the letter T given after the individual sheet number, while sheets marked with ski touring routes (Skitourenkarten) are distinguished by the letter S. National survey maps detailed at the end of each chapter in this book are listed with the prefix LS (Landeskarten der Schweiz).

    The complete 1:25,000 series (more than 230 separate sheets) is also available on eight CD-ROM discs under the heading Swiss Map 25.

    Independent publisher Ku?mmerly & Frey (www.swisstravelcenter.ch) also produces a series of maps for walkers at a scale of 1:60,000. As with LS maps, these Wanderkarten have major walking routes and mountain huts prominently marked, and the clearly defined contours and artistic use of shading produce an instant representation of ridge, spur and valley. Again, details of relevant sheets are given at the end of each chapter.

    Ku?mmerly & Frey also has a limited series of 1:120,000 sheets which provide a useful overview of regions such as Graubu?nden, Valais (Wallis) and the Bernese Oberland, and a separate sheet (Wanderland) at 1:301,000 showing all the main long-distance walking routes in Switzerland, with a comprehensive index on the reverse.

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Kev Reynolds

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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