Choose Your Moderate-Challenging Hike

Our moderate-challenging hiking tours are selected based on effort and terrain. Moderate-challenging hikes are scored between 2.5-3.5 in a combination of our effort and terrain categories. The trails are moderately strenuous with elevations gains of up to 4,000 feet and distances up to 12 miles. Browse our moderate-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 |

Sicily: Aeolian Islands

From across the aquamarine waves, their call can be heard for thousands of leagues. Ulysses surely wasn’t the first to...

May 13-20, 2020

Guided tour price:

$4200*

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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 26-September 2, 2020

Guided tour price:

$4910*

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Italy |

Italian Dolomites Trek

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

June 12-19, 2020

Guided tour price:

$4730*

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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 3-10, 2020

Guided tour price:

$4725*

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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, 2020

Guided tour price:

$6130*

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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 23-July 2, 2020

Guided tour price:

$5100*

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France |

Haute Pyrenees Mountain Trek

Our weeklong trip to the high peaks of the Pyrenees offers an opportunity to visit the stunning mountain range which...

August 28-September 4, 2020

Guided tour price:

$5315*

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Switzerland |

Engadine Summit Series

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

August 18-25, 2020

Guided tour price:

$4645*

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Romania |

The Wild Transylvanian Alps

Our week-long trip to Romania begins in the center of the country, in Transylvania, where the fictional inspiration for Bram...

June 28-July 5, 2020

Guided tour price:

$3750*

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Rocky Mountain High Life |

Aspen to Telluride

Majestic snow-capped peaks; golden aspen leaves; rolling alpine meadows; tumbling waterfalls and charming Victorian hotels beckon you to explore the...


Guided tour price:

$4865*

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Peru |

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Hike Machu Picchu, and enjoy this unique opportunity to experience ancient history in the Land of the Incas. Our 10-day Salkantay...

April 6-16, 2020

Guided tour price:

$6400*

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Morocco |

Atlas Mountains Trek

In Morocco, the Atlas Mountains rise against the burnt-orange sunset, violet rays radiating across the wide desert plateaus, bleached white...

October 9-17, 2020

Guided tour price:

$5380*

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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 6-13, 2020

Guided tour price:

$4560*

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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

Guided tour price:

$4340*

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Argentina & Chile |

Patagonia: The Lakes District

Step into Patagonia, a land of vast steppe grasslands, rugged and beautiful coastlines, endless foothills, and forests of indigenous trees....

March 3-12, 2020

Guided tour price:

$6430*

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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, 2020

Self-guided tour price:

$2850*

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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 23-July 2, 2020

Self-guided tour price:

$2790*

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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:

$2920*

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Switzerland |

Berner Oberland Trek

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

Available:

Late June-Mid Sept.


Self-guided tour price:

$2325*

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Switzerland |

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 18-25, 2020

Self-guided tour price:

$2875*

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Switzerland |

Ticino: Swiss Lakes District

A sweet, laid back Italian way of life blends with the beauty of the Swiss Alps in the sun-drenched Italian...

Available:

May-October


Self-guided tour price:

$2790*

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Italy |

Italian Dolomites Trek

The soaring limestone spires of the Dolomites make a stunning backdrop for a number of quaint villages, expansive mountain meadows,...

June 12-19, 2020

Self-guided tour price:

$2675*

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Italy |

Italian Lakes District: Como and Bellagio

If Lake Como, Italy is best known for its lavish villas, authentic Italian cuisine and romantic lakeside views, then its...

Available:

May-October


Self-guided tour price:

$2570*

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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 3-10, 2020

Self-guided tour price:

$2675*

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Italy |

Sicily: Aeolian Islands

From across the aquamarine waves, their call can be heard for thousands of leagues. Ulysses surely wasn’t the first to...

May 13-20, 2020

Self-guided tour price:

$2700*

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France |

Provence: Hill Towns of the Luberon

Experience souleu e terraire, 'the soul of the terrain', as you walk amongst vineyards, historic villages and the famous lavender...

Available:

April-June, September-October


Self-guided tour price:

$2650*

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SPAIN |

Spanish Mediterranean: Costa Brava

Rugged cliffs, crystalline bays, and tranquil coves with tucked-away fishing villages and beautiful beaches are just a few of the...

Available:

May-Mid July & Mid Aug.-Oct.


Self-guided tour price:

$2680*

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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...

Available:

Mid June-Mid September


Self-guided tour price:

$2145*

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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 6-13, 2020

Self-guided tour price:

$2230*

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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 14-21, 2020

Self-guided tour price:

$2600*

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