Hiking Tours in the Alps

The Alps are the soul of Ryder Walker. Originally the company was founded with the intent of providing the most accessible and high-quality tours throughout the Alps; the main mountain range that spans Switzerland, France, and Italy, Austria and Germany as well as extensions farther south such as Slovenia. At their heart, the Alps are some of the most magnificent mountains in the world. Early mountaineers, enchanted by their glaciated and mysterious summits, set climbing the Alps as their ultimate goal endeavoring to explore the enigmatic beauty of Europe’s premier mountain range. Defined by towering peaks as well as lush, comfortable, and culturally distinct valleys, the Alps represent the finest and most recognizable goals of alpine exploration.

Culturally the Alps are beyond charming. Around every corner, there is another farmstead, where farmers still practice historic farming techniques and cows frolic in the pastoral beauty of the alpine meadows. Here the food is rich and the beer flows freely, everything between fondue and weissbier graces the tables of these high altitude hotels and restaurants. The Alps offer access to the wonderful combination of epic adventures along mountainous trails and the promise of curling up under a down comforter after a decadent meal at night. Our hiking tours in the Alps connect the most recognizable villages and mountains in the region while also offering opportunities to explore and hike the Alps more forgotten valleys.

The ultimate hiking tour in the Alps is the Tour du Mont Blanc. Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in western Europe and the Tour du Mont Blanc, which circumnavigates the peak, is among the world’s most renowned hiking tours. The Tour du Mont Blanc takes you, the intrepid hiker, through three countries: France, Italy, and Switzerland. Originally the tour was envisioned as sister tour to the Hiker’s Haute Route, a high alpine hiking or skiing tour between the alpinist meccas of the Swiss town of Zermatt and the French town of Chamonix. The Tour du Mont Blanc is a well-established route that leads multitudes of hikers around some of the most awe-inspiring peaks in the world while still enjoying access to the comforts of the well-appointed tourist centers that have developed around this dramatic massif. If the rigor of circumnavigating the Mont Blanc feels excessive, we also offer Mont Blanc: The Softer Side.  This tour, instead, follows the banks of the Isere river connecting the bustling village of Bourg St. Maurice with the charming villages of the Val d’Isere, all while offering stunning vistas of the titular Mont Blanc.

The Hiker’s Haute Route, on the other hand, remains the more dramatic approach to exploring this mountain range. Defined still by the series of high mountain huts that were originally developed to connect a route through the precipitous mountains, the Hiker’s Haute Route is one of the premier hiking goals in the world. It connects multiple of the Alps most dramatic passes with both the metropolitan Rhone Valley and the more secret Swiss valleys such as the Aosta. Magnificently, this classic trail also skirts the flanks of the most massive and recognizable mountains in the region, Mont Blanc, the Grand Combin, and the Matterhorn. Ryder Walker’s modern day interpretation stays entirely in excellent inns in atmospheric mountain towns and hamlets as it winds its way to Zermatt.

The Engadine is the eastern region of the Swiss Alps bordering Italy and Austria. This region is among the most charming you will ever visit. Connected by the impeccable Swiss rail and bus systems, the hiking in the lower and upper Engadine regions is adaptable to all ambitions and abilities as well as being incredibly welcoming. Dotted with ancient villages and riddled with accessible and well-established trails, the Engadine is one of the most luxurious alpine regions in the world. The characteristic castles and Roman roads in this region provide a historic backdrop to the natural environment. Some highlights of the Engadine include the magic alpine lakes surrounding Sils Maria and the medieval village of Soglio, which retains its medieval street structure and is entirely inaccessible to the public outside of a single bus route and hiking trails. The options for this region are flexible and the Engadine Summit Series offers a more intrepid route through the Engadine valley, with multiple summits and hiking days that will satisfy both a thirst for rustic luxury and the challenge of ascending some of the rugged peaks and trails that skirt the high alpine Engadine.

Located in the heart of Switzerland is the dramatic high alpine Berner Oberland. The Berner Oberland is the region of Swiss Alps that looms above the Swiss Capitol of Bern. Famous for its stunning tryptic of mountains, the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau, the Berner Oberland is among the most recognizable alpine regions in the world. Characterized by isolated villages perched on the edge of massive cliffs, the Berner Oberland feels almost too beautiful to be true. This region is also famous for drawing the attention of extreme athletes with the valley of Lauterbrunnen serving as a hub for both base jumpers and the most visionary alpinists.

The Alps are the most significant mountains of Western Europe and are the inspiration of Ryder Walker’s birth as a founder of the Adventure Travel industry. There is nowhere quite like hiking in the Alps that combines both the majesty of massive glaciated peaks with some of the most comfortable and legendary accommodations. The Alps to have been the muse of many great poets and artists, such as Percy Shelley and Rambaud to name a couple. In history, climbing and hiking the Alps has been a near necessity for understanding the true beauty that the world has to offer and that sense still remains a drive for vacationers and hikers from around the world. Visiting this region is a life-changing experience.

Everything from meeting the farmers who have lived in these isolated valleys for their generation after generation to climbing above sparkling glaciers and walking through quintessential Alpine meadows of the region offers a meaningful experience of the deeply historic yet still wild region.

Switzerland

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 24-31, 2019

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$4430*

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Engadine Trek

This week long inn-to-inn hiking tour covers the length of the Inn River Valley from near the Austrian border to...

July 16-23, 2019

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$4510*

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Highlights of Switzerland: Engadine, Lago Maggiore, Zermatt

Each year Ryder Walker offers a guided trek to three of our favorite locations in the Alps. This custom trip...

July 23-August 1, 2019

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$4935*

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Eiger Trail

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

August 15-23, 2019

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$4770*

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Engadine Summit Series

Feel the burn in your legs as our expert team of bergfuhrers takes you mountain hopping across the undiscovered peaks...

August 20-27, 2019

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$4510*

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Italy

Italy |

Dolomiti di Brenta

Unlock the mysteries of the Brenta Dolomites, Italy's westernmost extremity of rugged limestone peaks. Bordered by the Swiss Alps to...

August 28-September 4, 2019

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$4430*

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Italian Dolomites Trek

Towers of vertical limestone, tinged pink in the evening light, loom above the rolling green meadows and intriguing castles, ruins...

June 16-23, 2019

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$4595*

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Via Ladinia: Heart of the Italian Dolomites

The Pusteria Valley on the Italian/Austrian border is where the high Alps morph into the Dolomites. The northern flank of the...

September 7-14, 2019

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$4646*

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France

France |

Hiker’s Haute Route

The world famous Haute Route crosses the highest mountain range in Western Europe, the Pennine Alps, and links the Mont...

July 3-14, 2019

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$5950*

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France |

Tour Du Mont Blanc

Hike across the borders of France, Italy and Switzerland during our ten-day Tour du Mont Blanc. Taking advantage of some...

June 24-July 3, 2019

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$4955*

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France |

French Alps: The Tarentaise Mountains

Mont Blanc is an icon, much more than a mountain. Huge enough and complex enough to always have something to offer...

July 6-13, 2019

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$4430*

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Slovenia

Slovenia |

Julian Alps Triglav Circuit

Enchanting, or perhaps intoxicating, might be the best words to characterize the Julian Alps of Slovenia. Tom Longstaff, a renowned...

June 25-July 2, 2019

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$3370*

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Germany

Germany |

High Peaks of the Bavarian Tyrol

Fall in love with Germany and Austria during this 8-day village-to-village hiking tour through Bavaria and the Austrian Tyrol. Beginning...

September 9-16, 2019

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$4425*

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Austria

Austria |

The Heart of Austria

Brilliant blue lakes, lush meadowlands, and hundreds of limestone peaks with cascading glaciers are the hallmarks of our eight-day hiking...

September 17-24, 2019

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$4340*

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Switzerland

France & Switzerland |

Hiker’s Haute Route

This self-guided trek links the villages of the Mont Blanc region and the western Swiss Valais, crossing through the highest...

July 3-14, 2019

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$2750*

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France, Italy & Switzerland |

Tour du Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc (15,781 feet) rises more than 12,000 vertical feet above the famous resort village of Chamonix, France. The epitome...

June 24-July 3, 2019

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$2710*

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Italy, France & Switzerland |

TMB Vitesse

For those who want to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc, but have a limted amount of time, we offer...

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Mid June - Mid Sept.


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$2295*

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Allegra Engadine

Retreat in time to another era and a place far away: the enchanted En River Valley. Time forgotten 17th C....

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June-Oct.


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$2780*

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Appenzell Hut Hop

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

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Late June-Oct.


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$1485*

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Berner Oberland Traverse

Charming glimpses of the active Bernese pastoral culture, villages of Swiss perfection, and high mountain passes beneath ice blue glaciers...

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Late June-Mid Sept.


Self-guided tour price:

$2835*

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Berner Oberland Trek

Charming glimpses of the active Bernese pastoral culture, villages of Swiss perfection, and high mountain passes beneath ice blue glaciers...

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Late June-Mid Sept.


Self-guided tour price:

$2245*

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Eiger Trail

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

August 15-23, 2019

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$2835*

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Engadine Summit Series

Everyone at Ryder/Walker feels that the Engadine is among the most beautiful places on the planet.  Combine the physical beauty...

August 20-27, 2019

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$2780*

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Engadine Trek

This self-guided inn-to-inn hiking tour covers the length of the Swiss Inn River Valley from near the Austrian border to...

July 16-23, 2019

Self-guided tour price:

$2780*

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Jungfrau Loop

Moderate inn to inn hikes link the fabled villages of the Jungfrau region in this quick tour for those with...

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Mid June-Mid Sept.


Self-guided tour price:

$2030*

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Swiss Haute Route

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

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Late June-Mid Sept.


Self-guided tour price:

$2195*

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Winter Engadine Holiday

Winter. This is the magical time when Switzerland wears her finest clothes. Snowflakes quietly descend upon tranquil storybook villages, the...

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Jan.-March


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$3030*

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Secret Swiss Valleys

Quiet valleys with time forgotten chalets, ancient forests, tiny villages and expansive views of the snowy giants of the Swiss...

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July-Mid Sept.


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$2780*

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Italy |

Ambiance Italian Dolomites

Towers of vertical limestone tinged pink in the evening light loom above the rolling, green meadows and intriguing castles, ruins...

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June-Sept.


Self-guided tour price:

$2381*

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Italy |

Via Ladinia: Heart of the Italian Dolomites

The Pusteria Valley on the Italian/Austrian border is where the high Alps morph into the Dolomites. The northern flank of the...

September 7-14, 2019

Self-guided tour price:

$2595*

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Italy |

Dolomiti di Brenta

Unlock the mysteries of the Brenta Dolomites, Italy’s westernmost extremity of rugged limestone peaks. Bordered by the Swiss Alps to...

August 28-September 4, 2019

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$2390*

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France

Slovenia

Slovenia |

Julian Alps Triglav Circuit

Enchanting, or perhaps intoxicating, might be the best words to characterize the Julian Alps of Slovenia. Tom Longstaff, a renowned...

June 25-July 2, 2019

Self-guided tour price:

$1975*

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Germany

Germany |

High Peaks of the Bavarian Tyrol

Your journey begins in the charming town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Garmisch, located on the west side of town and Partenkirchen on...

September 9-16, 2019

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$2025*

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Austria |

The Heart of Austria

This is an exploration of the Lake District found around Salzburg, one of Europe’s most amazing cities. The Dachstein is...

September 17-24, 2019

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$2155*

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“In a word, everything went smoothly. The trails were great, and the views were fantastic. The hotels were all wonderful, and the meals were exceptional. All the baggage transfers went off without a hitch. Your trail descriptions and maps were great – we had no trouble finding trailheads or staying on course. And best of all, the weather cooperated nicely – we had 6 straight days of beautiful sunshine. The Engadine valley is truly one of the most picturesque places on earth. A hearty “thank you” to you and the whole crew at Ryder Walker for a great job organizing this fantastic trip.”
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