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34 stages of pure mountain fun – hiking the Alpine Passes Trail in Switzerland

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34 stages of pure mountain fun – hiking the Alpine Passes Trail in Switzerland

Hiking Collection by Vanessa Kopp

34-78

days

3-6 h

/ day

382 mi

102,600 ft

103,300 ft

Crossing a mountain pass is a very special experience: the sweaty ascent, imposing mountain scenery, and the discovery of landscapes on the other side. On the Alpine Passes Trail, you can enjoy many of these special moments. This long-distance hiking trail in Switzerland takes you over some of the most beautiful passes in the Grisons and Valais Alps. Covering more than 600 kilometres (373 miles) and with over 31,000 meters (101,700 feet) of altitude difference, the trail is no walk in the park. However, you are rewarded with idyllic alpine scenery, majestic mountain massifs, picturesque valleys, spectacular lakes, and quaint little villages. This is a hiking trail that will make your heart race and your calves burn – are you ready for an adventure?

The trail begins in the town of Chur in the canton of Grisons, the easternmost region of Switzerland. You hike over numerous passes through the cantons of Ticino and Valais to Saint-Gingolph on Lake Geneva. I've divided the trail into 34 stages that end either in a village or at a mountain hut. This way you are sure to have a roof over your head and a tasty meal every evening. As the choice of accommodation is often limited, it is definitely worth booking your accommodation in advance. This way, you’re on the safe side and don’t have to worry about it during your hike – you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes care-free. If you don't want to walk the 34 stages in one go, you can also choose individual parts of the trail. As you regularly descend into a valley, you can access local transport. You can also reach the start and endpoints of the long-distance hiking trail by train.

You need to be fit and ready for alpine heights to take on the Alpine Passes Trail. You should wear sturdy shoes, and bring along sun protection, clothing suitable for rapid weather changes, plenty of fluids and food. It’s also a good idea to carry hiking poles to give you a firmer foothold on loose ground and protect your knees on the long descents.

Are you ready for the mountains? You can look forward to an incredible hiking adventure with countless impressive panoramas over the Swiss mountains. You can experience pure mountain fun on the Alpine Passes Trail.

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103,350 ft

104,025 ft

Last updated: November 25, 2021

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  • Intermediate
    03:04
    6.92 mi
    2.3 mph
    675 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first stage on the Alpine Passes Trail starts out relaxed with a good eleven kilometers. You walk from Chur along the Rhine to Tamins. Before you start the actual tour, it is worth taking a round through Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland.

    

    Then you leave Chur to the west, soon cross the Rhine and

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  • Difficult
    07:34
    15.7 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the second stage of the Alpine Passes Trail, you will get to know the impressive Rhine Gorge. Along the 25-kilometer stretch from Tamins to Ilanz, you can enjoy very different perspectives on and into the gorge of the Vorderrhein - be it from the Versamer Tobelbrücke or directly on the bank of the

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  • Difficult
    08:14
    16.0 mi
    1.9 mph
    4,250 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 3 on the Alpine Passes Trail is quite tough with its almost 26 kilometers and 1,300 meters of altitude. For this you will get to know the picturesque Val Lumnezia, Valley of Light, with its picturesque mountain villages, cultural and historical treasures and sunny slopes. The first half of the

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  • Difficult
    08:08
    11.4 mi
    1.4 mph
    4,425 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The fourth stage on the Alpine Passes Path demands a lot of power from your calves: On the 18-kilometer stage from Vrin to the Capanna Scaletta, there is at least 1,350 vertical meters to be cracked. However, once you have mastered the long ascent to the Plaun da Greina plateau, an exciting mountain

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  • Intermediate
    03:44
    7.34 mi
    2.0 mph
    0 ft
    4,225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You can take a relaxed approach to the fifth stage on the Alpine Passes Trail: on your way to Olivone, there are almost twelve kilometers waiting for you - and you hike them exclusively downhill. So you can enjoy the beautiful landscape around the Capanna Scaletta with your morning coffee. Then it goes

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  • Difficult
    04:24
    6.83 mi
    1.6 mph
    3,350 ft
    525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The sixth stage of the Alpine Passes Trail is only eleven kilometers long, but your way from Olivone to Acquacalda is almost steadily uphill. You hike through the idyllic Valle Santa Maria, which extends from Olivone up to the Passo del Lucomagno. In the tranquil town of Dötra you can make yourself comfortable

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  • Difficult
    08:31
    16.2 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,550 ft
    4,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On the seventh stage of the Alpine Passes Trail, you will get to know one of the largest and quietest plateaus in the Swiss Alps: the Val di Piora. Look forward to a breathtaking landscape and the unique silence that can only be experienced so easily at alpine heights. The 26-kilometer hike starts in

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  • Difficult
    09:05
    15.7 mi
    1.7 mph
    5,500 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 8 on the Alpine Passes Path awaits you with a concentrated load of fantastic views. On your way from Airolo to Capanna Corno-Gris there are more than 25 kilometers and a good 1,600 meters in altitude in front of you - but the landscape is an absolute pleasure. After your first sweaty ascent, you

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  • Intermediate
    04:32
    8.34 mi
    1.8 mph
    800 ft
    4,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 9 on the Alpine Passes Trail leads you from Capanna Corno-Gries to Ulrichen. You leave the heights of the Val Corno and hike down into Goms. There are hardly any climbs waiting for you on the 13-kilometer stage, you mainly climb gently downhill. After a hearty breakfast at 2,338 meters above sea

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  • Intermediate
    04:26
    9.18 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 10 on the Alpine Passes Trail takes you almost 15 kilometers above the Rhone through Goms. In a relaxed up and down, you hike along mountain slopes, through forests and over alpine meadows. You don't have to master big climbs today. On the way you can still enjoy fantastic views of the valley.

    

    The

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  • Difficult
    04:52
    10.2 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The eleventh stage on the Alpine Passes Trail takes you from Blitzingen a good bit along the Rhone, before you turn off towards Binn. You can look forward to a picturesque landscape, moderate climbs and great views along the 16-kilometer route.

    

    You leave Blitzingen, walk a bit through the forest uphill

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  • Difficult
    06:29
    10.0 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,025 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 12 on the Alpine Passes Trail takes you high up: From the Saflisch Pass at 2,563 meters above sea level, you can see the Valais four-thousand-meter peaks for the first time. Of course, you have to earn this panorama in advance: That's why you will find 1,230 vertical meters on the 16-kilometer

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  • Difficult
    08:39
    12.2 mi
    1.4 mph
    3,075 ft
    2,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Stage 13 on the Alpine Passes Path will be varied: the almost 20-kilometer tour from Rosswald takes you up into the alpine heights and then with great views on the pass road gallery to the Simplon Pass. A lot of hiking fun awaits you on the Gibjeri path - provided you have a head for heights. But don

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  • Difficult
    08:16
    14.7 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,650 ft
    3,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The starting point of the 14th stage on the Alpine Passes Trail is marked by the eight-meter-high golden eagle on the Simplon Pass. Here you start the almost 24-kilometer hike to Gspon. Right at the beginning you can expect a crisp ascent to the Bistinepass - after that, however, it continues to be enjoyable

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  • Difficult
    06:04
    10.8 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On the 15th stage of the Alpine Passes Trail, you can look forward to a wonderful high-altitude hike. No long climbs await you on the 17-kilometer tour from Gspon to Saas Fee, so the focus is on enjoyment. You walk along mountain slopes, through forests and over alpine meadows. And there is also a fantastic

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  • Difficult
    08:17
    12.3 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,225 ft
    3,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The 16th stage on the Alpine Passes Trail offers you grandiose views down into the Saas Valley and fantastic views of the Fletschhorn, Lagginhorn and Weissmies. The almost 20 kilometer long stage from Saas Fee to Grächen runs mostly parallel to the Saas Valley and then turns left at Hannigalp towards

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  • Difficult
    11:04
    13.9 mi
    1.3 mph
    5,950 ft
    5,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Strengthen yourself for the 17th stage on the Alpine Passes Trail with a good breakfast. The 22-kilometer stage from Grächen to Gruben awaits you with an ascent of more than 1,800 meters. That's an announcement - but by now you're already more than good at training. You run from Grächen down to Mattertal

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  • Difficult
    08:51
    13.3 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,825 ft
    4,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    More than half of the Alpine Passes trail is already behind you - feel free to pat yourself on the shoulder for this achievement. Then the hiking boots are laced and it continues with stage 18 of the long-distance hiking trail. The 21-kilometer hike takes you from Gruben to Zinal. Right at the beginning

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  • Difficult
    10:26
    13.8 mi
    1.3 mph
    5,850 ft
    5,925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A blue gem awaits you on the 19th stage of the Alpine Passes Trail: Lac de Moiry lies like a sapphire in the picturesque mountains. On your 22-kilometer hike from Zinal to La Sage, you can enjoy fantastic views of the reservoir - and, in the meantime, master just under 1,800 vertical meters.

    

    You leave

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  • Intermediate
    03:26
    6.45 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,875 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With a good ten kilometers, the 20th stage on the Alpine Passes Trail offers you a relaxing day of hiking - which is also good for in between. So you can start the day relaxed and leave after a hearty breakfast in La Sage.

    

    You hike in the Val d’Arolla through beautiful forests and over flowering meadows

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    34
  • Distance
    382 mi
  • Duration
    234:57 h
  • Elevation
    102,600 ft103,300 ft

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