Choose Your Next Challenging Hike

Our challenging hiking tours are selected based on effort and terrain. Challenging hikes are scored between 3-4 in a combination of our effort and terrain categories. The trails are steep and rarely maintained mountain paths exceeding 4,000 feet in elevation with mesmerizing vistas. Browse our challenging tours below.

Trip Rating System

COMFORT

comfort rating
  1. Primarily simple accommodations including, berghauses, huts and inns.
  2. A mix of simple accommodations and charming country inns or first class inns.
  3. Primarily charming country inns and first-class inns with best accommodations available in remote locations.
  4. All superior country inns and first-class accommodations.

EFFORT

effort rating
  1. Gentle hikes up to 8 miles with 1500 feet of elevation gain.
  2. Moderate hikes up to 10 miles with up to 2700 feet of elevation gain.
  3. Moderately strenuous hikes up to 12 miles with up to 4000 feet of elevation gain.
  4. Strenuous hikes exceeding 4000 feet of elevation gain.

TERRAIN

terrain rating
  1. Well maintained and graded mountain paths.
  2. Steeper, well-maintained mountain paths possibly with rough footing.
  3. Steeper, occasionally maintained mountain paths possibly with rough footing and/or exposure.
  4. Steep, rarely maintained mountain paths with exposure and rough footing.

Italy & Switzerland |

Matterhorn Trek

Highest mountains in Western Europe, the Pennine Alps offer hikers an opportunity to explore a spectacular alpine world. This hike...

August 23-31, 2020

Guided tour price:

$4430*

COMFORT

EFFORT

TERRAIN

Trip Ratings Explained
View Trip Details

Switzerland |

Eiger Trail

The Bernese Oberland in central Switzerland is one of the most stunning mountain ranges on earth. High, glaciated peaks and...

August 13-21, 2020

Guided tour price:

$4770*

COMFORT

EFFORT

TERRAIN

Trip Ratings Explained
View Trip Details

Slovenia |

Julian Alps Summit Series

Enchanting, or perhaps intoxicating, might be the best word to appropriately characterize the Julian alps of Slovenia. Ryder Walker’s route...

June 21-28, 2020

Guided tour price:

$3625*

COMFORT

EFFORT

TERRAIN

Trip Ratings Explained
View Trip Details

Norway |

The Islands of Lofoten

Escape from the crowds as you as you explore the Lofoten archipelago, a rugged island chain lying 122 miles north...

June 24-July 1, 2020

Guided tour price:

$5510*

COMFORT

EFFORT

TERRAIN

Trip Ratings Explained
View Trip Details

Nepal |

The Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang

Mustang, an isolated kingdom in Nepal, forbidden to outsiders for centuries, faces a crossroads. The recent completion of a motorable...

May 6-23, 2020

Guided tour price:

$6385*

COMFORT

EFFORT

TERRAIN

Trip Ratings Explained
View Trip Details

India |

Markha Valley Trek

Journey to the summit of the world, Ladakh, India-—the Himalaya's last frontier. Unlike its neighbors, Ladakh has a long history...

April 22-May 3, 2020

Guided tour price:

$5715*

COMFORT

EFFORT

TERRAIN

Trip Ratings Explained
View Trip Details

Iceland |

The Remote Westfjords

Immense glaciers and endless fjords, unspoiled wilderness areas waiting to be explored, clean icy seas where whales surface, volcanic cliffs...

July 5-12, 2020

Guided tour price:

$5325*

COMFORT

EFFORT

TERRAIN

Trip Ratings Explained
View Trip Details

Bhutan |

Thimpu, Lingshi, Laya Trek

Chomolhari, (24,035 ft.), rises like a lofty pyramid on the border between Bhutan and Tibet. Known as Jomolhari “Mountain of...

October 22-November 6, 2019

Guided tour price:

$7610*

COMFORT

EFFORT

TERRAIN

Trip Ratings Explained
View Trip Details

Didn’t find what you’re looking for?

Find Your Trek

Switzerland |

Appenzell Hut Hop

Lose yourself in Appenzell, a unique corner of Switzerland where airy mountain trails, punctuated by steel cables and iron pegs...

Available:

Late June-October


Self-guided tour price:

$1485*

COMFORT

EFFORT

TERRAIN

Trip Ratings Explained
View Trip Details

Switzerland |

Berner Oberland Traverse

Crossing the mighty Berner Oberland range you’ll traverse high ridges, follow valleys, and climb to a number of high, remote...

Available:

Late June-Mid Sept.


Self-guided tour price:

$2835*

COMFORT

EFFORT

TERRAIN

Trip Ratings Explained
View Trip Details

Switzerland |

Eiger Trail

Most feel this is the Alps ' most classic route. Charming glimpses of the active Bernese pastoral culture, villages of...

August 13-21, 2020

Self-guided tour price:

$2835*

COMFORT

EFFORT

TERRAIN

Trip Ratings Explained
View Trip Details

Switzerland |

Swiss Haute Route

This self- guided trek links the Swiss villages of the hiker's haute route and allows simpler logistics, a shorter hiking...

Available:

Late June-Mid September


Self-guided tour price:

$2195*

COMFORT

EFFORT

TERRAIN

Trip Ratings Explained
View Trip Details

Didn’t find what you’re looking for?

Find Your Trek

Contact Us

Contact Form

Kendra Norris

Alps Specialist

Hello! Can I help you with your booking?








Call me at this number

888.586.8365