The Engadine, a hidden valley in the heart of the Swiss Alps, is a place of wonder and enchantment. Red Swiss trains, gondolas, and funiculars all wrap up the sides of glaciated mountains while crystalline lakes rest in the pastoral valleys below. Beyond its natural beauty, the Engadine is a place of incredible cultural fusion, where Swiss-Italian, Swiss-German, and Romanch people all congregate in the medieval villages scattered across the region. It’s no wonder a group of women, longing to do an inn-to-inn alpine trek in the Swiss Alps, chose Ryder-Walker’s Engadine Trek to fulfill that wish. Ryder-Walker has three itineraries in the Engadine and it’s our trekking specialist’s most treasured and long running expeditions. Decades of familiarity with this enigmatic mountain oasis have culminated in the perfect weeklong getaway, which explores the legendary villages of Sils-Maria, Soglio, and Pontresina.
Five women recently set out to fulfill a decades-long dream on Ryder-Walker’s Self-Guided Engadine Trek. The Author, Colleen Dunn Bates, has been wanting to do this inn-to-inn trek since 2000. Last year she finally got her opportunity. Below are outtakes from the print article she put together. The full online article, Friends fulfill a dream of hiking the Swiss Alps, can be read here.
Friends in High Places
BY COLLEEN DUNN BATES
The Swiss Engadine is absolutely breathtaking and should be on everyone’s bucket list. Go with a group of friends, your family, or on one of our guided trips. Check out all of our Engadine trip options, both guided and self-guided, here.